Career Exploration and Summer Enrichment programs for High School Students
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)
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
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.
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.