About the Program
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.
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
- 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.
This 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).