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UR PreDoc Program


The PreDoc program will be a 2-year longitudinal experience with the goal of promoting exposure and interest in academic clinical medicine amongst high school and college level students 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
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Each student accepted into the program will be assigned a faculty mentor, and the longitudinal program will consist of the following components:

4 large group meetings per year aimed at teaching/discussion of various topics including:

  • Introduction to “the path to medicine”
  • Medical case studies (i.e. How doctors clinically reason)
  • Effective communication in medicine
  • Resilience, burnout, and mindfulness in medicine
  • Skills workshop (e.g. Introduction to the physical exam)
  • Unconscious bias and healthcare disparity

At least 2 mentor meetings per year, with the expectation of:

  • Letter of recommendation from mentor after program completion
  • Help with application and interview preparation

2-4 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, database creation, presentation).

Networking opportunities for summer research


Time Commitment:

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


If you are from a background that is historically underrepresented in medicine and 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
  4. program fits into your career goals (max 500 words)
  5. Statement on ability to include the program into your current commitments
  6. Unofficial Transcript
  7. One letter of recommendation, on letterhead; ideally from undergraduate professor or high school teacher

Applications are due by June 30, 2018. You may be asked to come for an interview during the
application review process. You will be notified as to your acceptance status within 4-6 weeks.