Summer is an ideal time to explore and enhance your preparation for a career in medicine. Develop and demonstrate your independence and critical thinking skills through independent research. Explore a health care career through shadowing or a summer program. Engage in a meaningful service opportunity in health care or in some other form of volunteerism.
AAMC's List of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
The Association fo American Medical Colleges has compiled a list of several summer programs
which might be of interest to pre-health students. While nearly every graduate school has a summer program, there are twelve MD-PhD Programs which run their own summer programs too.
AAMC's Database of Enrichment Programs
A database resource
to help undergraduates locate enrichment programs on medical school campuses.
Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner - Internship
The Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner
is an independent resource that serves the citizens and law enforcement agencies of Allegheny County. Our staff supports our obligation to investigate sudden, unnatural, and violent deaths with compassion for families and friends during their time of grief. Our office applies current scientific methods for evidence analyses and investigations to effectively assist law enforcement, judicial court systems and health and environmental agencies.
The American Heart Association
Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program
The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program is a summer program that brings talented young adults to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices to learn first-hand about health policy and the legislative process, and to learn about issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities.
The Chester Summer Scholars Program
The Edward M. Chester, MD Summer Scholars Program
awards 15 collegiate undergraduate students the opportunity to spend ten weeks over the summer in clinical laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center. Established in 1981, the Chester Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for pre-medicine and scientifically-oriented students to explore the potential for a career in medical research or academic medicine. This innovative program has become nationally recognized with students from more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States having participated. Scholars are assigned to a MetroHealth medical staff researcher who has developed the project on which the scholar will work and who will supervise the progress of the scholar's learning experience.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program
(CRISSP) is a 10-week competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in the biomedical sciences. The internship is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge, practical training in academic research, and critical exposure to pediatric-focused career trajectories under the direct mentorship of CHOP faculty. Full time immersion in a lab or research group allows interns to experience science and discovery first hand.
CRISSP offers opportunities in basic, clinical, behavioral, and translational research. In addition to completing an independent research project, interns learn basic techniques and gain exposure to how research is conducted under the direction of CHOP faculty. Interns present their independent research project at a commencement event open to the entire research community. A stipend will be provided.
The program runs June to August. Applications will open in November. Up to 25 students will be accepted.
Emory University: MD Summer Experience in Clinical Neurology
Much more than a shadowing program, MD-SEE offers genuine clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine. This course will cover variable topics of special interest in the field of Clinical Neurology. Undergraduates will have an opportunity to correlate experience with actual patients with the science behind the diagnosis. During their time in the clinics, students will act as a "patient assistant," helping patients who may have partial paralysis or loss of sensation. They will learn the basics of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and will record patients' history and neurological findings while observing real-life patient examinations. Each student will be assigned a Clinical Neurology faculty mentor who will help develop the writing and poster projects. Publication of student work will be encouraged, co authored by the faculty mentor.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students interested in medical school. Detailed Information can be found at: MD Summer Experience at Emory University
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MIT's Amgen-Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
Students admitted to this program
(known as “Amgen Scholars”) will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.
Summer Health Professions Education Program
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.
Tufts AVM College Program
Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program is a unique career exploration that will provide students with the opportunity to attend lectures from Tufts faculty, staff and veterinary students, and discuss the realities of a veterinary education with them.
University of Pittsburgh
The Office of Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences program, "How Science Works
," at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to helping undergraduate students interested in biomedical science including biomedical research opportunities, finding a compatible mentor, and preparing you for graduate and/or professional school (Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health and Rehabilitation).