Got plans for the summer?

Got plans for the summer?

If not, now is the time to start making them!  I know, it’s only November, but before you know it, the summer will be here and you don’t want to be without an opportunity to enhance your knowledge base and your application for professional school.  The truth is, applications for a  large amount of research opportunities  open between November 1 and December 15.  So if you haven’t already, you may wanna start researching now and getting those applications in ASAP!

A simple google search with key words like :   URF, HCOP,  SROP, NIH, REU “summer enrichment programs”, “summer premedical / dental programs”  will yield you enough hits that you are sure to find one in your area of interest with a great location.

I strongly encourage students to pursue summer research or enrichment programs.

– They allow you the opportunity to meet other like minded, focused students. ( I am still  in contact with my roommates from SMDEP at Baylor almost 10 years ago and just being around almost 70 other people with similar goals as me was a motivator in itself.)

– They give you an opportunity to begin to see what you competitors for professional school are like so you can get an idea if you’re on track, ahead, or behind

– Exposure exposure exposure.  You can demonstrate that your desire to go to professional school isn’t just a pipe dream, but an actual goal that you are working toward.

–  Maintains your level of competitiveness as an applicant.

Here are a few links to get you started, but  this is only the tip of the iceberg!

https://www.aamc.org/members/great/61052/great_summerlinks.html

https://services.aamc.org/summerprograms/getprogs.cfm

http://utsa.edu/healthprofessions/handouts/sum_sprngbrk_volunteer.pdf

http://krieger.jhu.edu/publichealth/resources/AYFALL_PHSInternships_updatedOct4_11.pdf

https://www.training.nih.gov/programs

http://www.ams.org/programs/students/undergrad/emp-reu

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