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