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UR PreDoc Program


The PreDoc program is a 2-year longitudinal experience with the goal of promoting exposure to, and interest in clinical medicine for undergraduate students who identify from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in medicine. The program will involve longitudinal mentorship with local physician leaders at URMC and provide scholarly and career development opportunities.

Program Description

Program Director: Robert Thompson Stone, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Program Chief: Olivia Brumfield
University of Rochester '21


Each student accepted into the program will be assigned a physician senior mentor, medical student junior mentor and the longitudinal program will consist of the following components:

  • Large group meetings - These meetings consist of a topic/discussion or panel followed by a problem-based learning (PBL) medical case. During the PBL cases, student split up into small groups and learn from each other and their preceptor about various patient presentations including internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, and emergency medicine. Topic discussions include:

    • Introduction to “the path to medicine”
    • Panel discussions with medical students regarding applying
    • Resilience and overcoming adversity
    • How to make the most of a mentor relationship
  • Senior mentor meetings - at least 2 per year, with the expectation of:

    • Letters of recommendation for summer internships
    • Setting up shadowing experiences
    • Help with program final project
  • Contact and discussions with junior mentor (medical student)

  • 2-3 clinical shadowing experiences per year

  • Opportunity to attend medical student lectures taught by mentor

  • Individual project – this will serve as the student’s final “product” of the program (e.g. patient education materials, presentation, community education project).

  • Networking opportunities

Time Commitment

This program has been designed to fit in with the student’s other school responsibilities over the course of the academic year. However, students will need to dedicate time to completing the program. Students can expect to spend about 12-15 total hours each semester on in-person activities and additional time working on their individual project during their second year. There will be no formal activities during Summer vacation and Winter break.


You would qualify for this program if you identify as being from a background that is historically underrepresented in medicine: AAMC definition "Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population." In this area, those populations include African-American, Black, Mexican-American, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander). If you are interested in participating in this program, you are required to submit the following documentation to Dr. Robert Thompson Stone through the following Google Forms link: Here

  1. Personal Information
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement explaining your interests in medicine at this point and how the PreDoc program fits into your career goals (max 500 words)
  4. Statement on ability to include the program into your current commitments
  5. Unofficial Transcript
  6. One letter of recommendation, on letterhead; ideally from undergraduate professor

Students in this program have historically been paired with phenomenal physicians and have achieved other awards, internships, and scholarships as a result. For example, one student was paired with a physician-scientist who specializes in pediatric neurology. The two of them received a research scholarship sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and were invited as presenters to the AAN 2020 conference in Toronto, Canada.

Applications are due by May 31, 2020. You will be notified as to your acceptance status by July 15, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program leadership directly at:

Robert Thompson Stone:
Olivia Brumfield: