I love summer! Its my favorite time of air. Easy breezy, laid back, lots of outdoor activities. While the rest of the world is enjoying the sun, smart premeds should be engaging in activities that enhance their applications of professional school. Lucky, for them, there are TONS of opportunities for the student who is actively engaged in trying to find something to do. As you explore the lists below, consider programs in cities you’ve always wanted to visit, schools you may (unjustly) feel unqualified to get into, schools you are considering for professional school.
A general timeline of what students should be do with their summers is:
FRESHMAN: Take general chemistry ( if you didn’t take during your freshman year), shadow, volunteer, health related work experience, enrichment programs
SOPHOMORE: Research, shadowing, volunteering,
JUNIORS: Test prep**, Research*, shadowing, volunteering (This should be tail end of your test prep, as its recommended that you all not take the MCAT any later than June/July at the latest. Do not plan to do research while prepping for the MCAT. If you plan to do research this summer, take the MCAT in April/May before your program begins. )
SENIOR: Chill before med / dental school starts
(Trouble shooting tips before you attack this list)
- If you click on a link and get an error message, don’t despair. Simply google: “summer premed research program at ____________ (whatever university the original link was for).
- If you click on a link and the application is for 2018. Simply google “summer premed research program at ___________(whatever university the original link was for). If that still doesn’t work, it is possible that the application for 2019 is not yet available, but you can estimate that the deadline will be around the dates of last years deadline, so you can keep that date in mind as your prepare the application materials, then check back in a week or two for the updated application. If that still doesn’t work, look and see if there is a program coordinator or contact on the 2018 application. You can contact that person and ask when the 2019 application will be available.
- DON’T GIVE UP! THERE ARE TONS OF PROGRAMS. IF ONE LINK DOESN’T WORK, AND THE OTHER TIPS ABOVE DON’T WORK, MOVE ON TO THE NEXT, CHECK OUT THE REQUIREMENTS AND APPLY!!!!
WHERE TO FIND THESE OPPORTUNITIES
Aamc.org Summer Programs database https://services.aamc.org/summerprograms/
Good ole Google! “summer undergrad premed programs”
Wishing you the best in your medical journey. I’m a second-year medical student and I think it’s so important to share the path to inspire premeds. I recently wrote a post on how to best chose a medical school based on what speaks to you, without listening to the rankings and “top school” for validation. I hope you’ll get a chance to read !