The pre-health students I have the privilege of advising one on one will hear me say this often. You must have plans for the summer.
Basic Summer Plan Ideas By Classification
- If you’re a freshman who will not have taken General Chemistry 1 and 2 by the end of the current semester , you should plan to take that course during the summer, so you can enroll in Organic as a sophomore and then Biochemistry as a junior.
- In addition to the course, you need to : shadow, health related volunteer work, short term enrichment program like SMDEP
- If you’re a sophomore who will not have completed Organic Chemistry 1 / 2 by the end of the current semester, you should plan to take that course during the summer, so you can enroll in Biochem in the fall of your Junior year.
- If you will have to take Organic during the summer, also plan to shadow, health related volunteer work, short term enrichment program like SMDEP
- If you don’t have to take Organic, plan to do summer research and incorporate some shadowing also.
- If you’re a junior, if you have a solid MCAT study plan and haven’t done any research, plan on doing summer research. Do not plan to do summer research if you are planning to study for and take the MCAT over the summer. There’s not enough time for both.
- If you have done some research and have a solid MCAT prep plan and anticipate a good score on the test, you could enroll in research.
- If you have done research, planning to take the MCAT in May / June but aren’t super confident in how you will do, plan for a light summer, that way you can take June, July, Augsut to do some additional studying and retake the test in Aug/Sept if need be. So you could plan to shadow or health related work / volunteering, a mission trip etc.
If you’re looking for summer research now, in January, you’re late!!! Lots of opportunities have closed, but there are still some available. The goal is that each of you will do something productive this summer. If you are not able to find a summer research program I would suggest taking some courses during the summer to lighten your overall academic load (preferably some science courses) while shadowing extensively. Below is a list of summer research opportunities. As stated, some deadlines may be past.
2. Good list that offers a bit of insight into deadlines without needing to look deep into the application. http://www.naahp.org/Diversity/SummerOpportunities.aspx
Lists organized by state
- Another already compiled list of tons of programs. Organized by state.
2. Nicely organized list that has programs arranged by state.
3. Nicely organized list that has programs arranged by state.
List with later deadlines ( Note: This is a old list of opportunities from a few years ago, but typically the programs recur and the links remain the same. What I know is that these programs had deadlines that had not yet passed. So even if the link if outdated, it would be beneficial to look up each individual school’s website and find their program)
http://www.einstein.yu.edu/uploadedFiles/education/md-program/diversity/2014%20DSSROP%20-%20Application.pdf (This application is for 2014, check the school’s website to see if this program is being offered this summer)
http://www6.miami.edu/provost/oae/motivationprogram.html ( email@example.com to see if this program is available for summer 2015)
http://www.mplsheart.org/get-involved/internships/research-internship/overview/ (DEADLINE IS JAN. 31, 2015)
http://www.rowan.edu/coopermed/diversity/undergrad/ ( DEADLINE FEB 13, 2015)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to see if this opportunity is available for summer 2015)
http://biosciences.stanford.edu/prospective/diversity/ssrp/docs/SSRP_Brochure_2014.pdf( For students pursuing PhD)
http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/DiversityInitiative/undergrads/smart/index.html( Contact one of the emails listed to obtain application materials for this summer)
http://graduate.ucsf.edu/srtp (for students pursuing PhD.)