High School and Undergraduate Programs

The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is committed to fostering interest among high school and undergraduate students for careers in medicine and scientific research. We have a number of programs and resources for high school and college students some of which are focused on increasing physicians and scientists who have diverse social, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment programs have successfully helped students to achieve and succeed in their goals.

High School Students

Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment programs for High School Students

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
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STEP is a New York State funded program for high school students who are economically disadvantaged or from underrepresented backgrounds. The program is designed to stimulate participants' interest in career development opportunities in medicine and the health care professions. STEP students have the opportunity to work directly with physicians, technical staff, certified teachers, medical, and graduate students. Students are exposed to a variety of academic and professional skill development opportunities to enhance their problem solving, critical thinking and test taking skills with an emphasis on active or "hands-on" learning. Further details on the STEP program are available in our STEP Brochure below (PDF form).

Applicants must be a New York State Resident living in Wayne or Monroe County
STEP Brochure
2014-2015 Academic STEP Application

Deadline has been extended to May 15, 2014


Rochester Scholars Program — What’s Up Doc?
This one week program is designed for high school students to address questions such as: What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Participants meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. They explore hands-on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. The mentoring component educates participants on what it takes to prepare for medical school, and provides guidance on how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Further information and registration are available at the U of R Summer Scholars site.

Rochester Scholars Program — Mini Medical School
Mini-Medical School is a unique, three-week summer intensive course open to academically gifted junior and senior high school students who have an interest inpursuing acareer as a physician. This program will expose the students to clinical, didactic, community service, and public health aspects of medicine.  Specifically, students spend a week in the anatomy labs, a week learning about neuroscience and psychiatry, and a week exploring public health issues. Further information and registration are available at the U of R Summer Scholars site.

Pathology Information Technology Training Program
The Pathology Information Technology Training program is a student-centered and skill-orientated program for students from the great Rochester area.  The primary goal is to provide the students with the opportunity to learn information technologies essential for future academic endeavors and careers regardless of their chosen fields.  The focus is on specific skills and their practical application.  The students learn new skills by training demonstrations, supervised practice, independent practice, working on related projects and teaching others.  The emphasis is on independent learning, self-discipline and goal-minded efforts.  The program also offers opportunities for students to be exposed to multiple specialty fields in medicine via clinical observation. Opportunities to observe surgeries, imaging study, pathology specimen examination, autopsy, and laboratory medicine are routinely available to all students.

Aspiring Doctors
The American Association of Medical Colleges offers information and other resources for students interested in careers in medicine through its Aspiring Doctors Program.

Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program (REMS)
The Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program (REMS) provides both acceptance to the University of Rochester College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and conditional acceptance to the School of Medicine and Dentistry to a group of exceptionally talented and motivated students.  REMS highly encourages the utmost flexibility in degree programs, focuses on mentoring relationships with medical school staff, and promotes early exposure to the medical school curriculum through a series of lectures and seminars.  The eight-year programs leads to a baccalaureate degree and the M.D. Degree, both granted by the University of Rochester.  You can find out more about the application procedures for the REMS Program.

Minority Associations of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)
The purpose of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students is to encourage academic achievement, emotional maturity, and understanding of a career in medicine, communication skills and leadership in underrepresented students. MAPS aims to provide a supportive environment wherein students from the River Campus receive academic support, networking opportunities, peer mentoring among other things to ultimately increase the matriculation of these undergraduate members into health programs, with an emphasis on clinical medicine.

College Students

Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment for College Undergraduates
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

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The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) is committed to enhancing the preparation of candidates for careers in the health professions, research and the biomedical sciences who have a demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations via patient care, research and/or teaching.

As a part of institutional commitment to support of the AAMC’s efforts to increase diversity in medicine, the URSMD supports the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF). SURF is an eight-week academic program designed to strengthen the science, clinical, and research skills of selected college students to enhance their competitiveness for careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences. SURF participants are selected from a national pool of candidates who have a demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations via patient care, research and/or teaching.

Program participants conduct focused research in a medical center laboratory under the mentorship of faculty. The program includes seminars and activities, which allow for formal and informal discussions. Students are also exposed to weekly lectures/seminars, gross anatomy lectures and labs, clinical rotations in the Emergency Department, Problem-Based Learning sessions to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, MCAT review/testing and mock interviews. Participants receive a stipend and housing is included during this eight-week period. .

Application packages for this program are available in October of each year. .
Applications can not be submitted online. Please submit your applications via mail, fax or email. If submitting via email, please send to Catrina Rockwell at catrina_rockwell@urmc.rochester.edu.

Brochure


Pathology Information Technology Training Program

The Pathology Information Technology Training program is a student-centered and skill-orientated program for students from the great Rochester area.  The primary goal is to provide the students with the opportunity to learn information technologies essential for future academic endeavors and careers regardless of their chosen fields.  The focus is on specific skills and their practical application.  The students learn new skills by training demonstrations, supervised practice, independent practice, working on related projects and teaching others.  The emphasis is on independent learning, self-discipline and goal-minded efforts.  The program also offers opportunities for students to be exposed to multiple specialty fields in medicine via clinical observation.    Opportunities to observe surgeries, imaging study, pathology specimen examination, autopsy, and laboratory medicine are routinely available to all students.

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs in the Biomedical Sciences

The Summer Scholars program is for undergraduate students interested in the Ph.D. degree in the Biological or Biomedical Sciences and for Students with a potential interest in attending graduate school at the University of Rochester. Trainees will be selected from a large national pool of applicants, and will participate in a centerpiece 10-week, hands-on, independent research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor, with guidance from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and oversight from the Program Director.

Other Resources

Resources about programs offered by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other organizations can be found here.
Aspiring Doctors
AAMC Services and Resources for Students interested in a Career in Medicine
Careers in Medicine
United States MD-granting Medical Schools
Financing Your Education
Summer Research and Training Opportunities for High School and Undergraduate Students at the National Institute of Health
Minority Undergraduate Scholarship Program at the National Institute of Health

Pathology IT

This program is designed to provide students the opportunity to explore all about medicine, technology, and practical skills used in life! It is designed to motivate students and bring them up to a higher level of achievement. It is the opportunity that matters in this program, and that is why we give students the support.

Whether it is research, observation, or case study, students are encouraged to participate and be involved in the various projects. This is a life changing experience for many of our students who have been able to pursue interests in the medical field. The different sectors that our program concentrates on are "Medical Education", "Integration of Technology in Clinical Service", and "Practical Application of Technology."

Our students come with different interests and ideas that help them to bring the best out of this program. Project leaders, student managers, as well as faculty members work attentively to provide the most rewarding experience from this outstanding program. All of our students have been able to use the opportunity to reach a new height in achievements. Most importantly, previous students who have worked in this program have been able to choose their school of top choice, such as Duke University or Harvard for undergraduate study.

Students who are juniors or seniors in high school or undergraduate students are eligible to apply to this program. For more information please contact Dr. Whitney-Miller or Dr. Adrienne Morgan under the contacts page.

Our Mission

The ultimate mission of our program is to train students in an enriching environment in which they learn more about the medical world. This program utilizes technology to solve problems in medicine. URMC is known for its high quality in medical education and enrichment. In following such tradition, this program offers a wide array of opportunities that help engage students in learning more about what medicine really is. There are various approaches to previewing medicine, such as learning medical terminology, viewing images of gross specimens, or interacting with our physician mentors.
What makes our program different

It is often challenging to find a program that offers guidance from mentors, leadership opportunities, state of the art technology, and the ability to conduct meaningful research research to try to solve medical problems. The many projects include database research, microscopic photography, creating medical publications, or even publishing research work.




Opportunities in Medicine & Technology
Technology
Skills and Accomplishments

Requirements
This program is active year-round. The requirements for this program are as follows:
Must be a high school or undergraduate student
Commitment: minimum of 4 hrs/week for a semester or summer
Goals

Freedom: ability to pursue any interests (projects, research, clinical observation)
Flexibility: time is flexible (minimum 4hrs/week)
Observation/Research opportunities: participate in medical related activities in order to gain a realistic view of the field.
Initiative: student initiative (student be independent as well as work within in a team)
Skills/techniques: nurture life long skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, organization skills, as well as technical skills.

Program Success

showcaseThis program is driven by student motivation. Over the many years, students have been able to participate in this program on a flexible time basis. Projects and tasks are completed according to each individual's work plan and organization skills. Every student is responsible for hir or her project of choice. This prepares the student for developing organizational and time management skills. On top of working on projects, students are able to explore labs and other clinical places of interest.

Our students have not only obtained a valuable skill set, they have made significant accomplishments in their projects. Some even had the opportunity to co-author published materials at a prestigious level. Therefore, they have been able to build a meaningful curriculum vitae. Their accomplishments have been able to help them attend their top choice schools (undergraduate or graduate).

Program Contacts

christa Dr. Christa L. Whitney- Miller (Program Director)
christa_whitney-miller@urmc.rochester.edu









adrienne Dr. Adrienne Morgan (Program Advisor)
adrienne_morgan@urmc.rochester.edu









Management Team

Dr. Christa Whitney-Miller M.D. (Program Director)
christa_whitney-miller@urmc.rochester.edu

Dr. Zhenhong Qu M.D., Ph.D. (Former Program Director)

Dr. Adrienne Morgan (Program Advisor)
adrienne_morgan@urmc.rochester.edu

Physicians & Mentors

The Pathology IT Program has established contacts with members in Surgery, Radiology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Arrangements can be made with other departments depending upon student interest.

Location

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry Building
601 Elmwood Ave
Rochester, NY 14606

Directions to University of Rochester Medical Center.