Need to Spend This Summer Saving Money and Working at Home?

Need to spend this summer saving money and working at home? Don’t worry – even if the experience isn’t directly related to medicine, it is still a valuable opportunity to gain transferable skills.

A med student blogs about how working in a restaurant prepared her for practicing medicine. She writes:

As I stood in front of the patient room and prepared to knock, I told myself, “This is it, it’s really happening! All of my hard work over the years was to get to this moment.” Yet, I had a sense that I had done this before. I know now that what had really prepared me most for that moment had not taken place in medical school or even college, but back in my hometown, in Maine.

In my family, there was always an expectation that you had to work. This meant that while my fellow classmates spent their summers during college working in high powered research labs or traveling the globe on service projects, I spent my five summers working as a server at a restaurant on the coast of Maine and taking classes at the local branch of our state university.

To read more, click here.

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Ever Wonder What It’s Like to Be a Medical Scribe?

Check out this Aspiring Docs Diaries blog written by a premed student about her experience scribing in an emergency department and the lessons she learned. She writes:

Becoming a medical scribe for an Emergency Physician has taught me more about medicine, about passion, and most importantly about the patient, than ever before… I had heard that becoming a medical scribe allows you to accumulate clinical experience, gain exposure that helps with medical school interviews, and write a stronger personal statement. This has rung true as many of my coworkers have left to matriculate to medical school, and credit, in part, their experiences as a medical scribe for their acceptance.

To read more click here.

For opportunities to become a scribe yourself, check out GVSU Scribe Academy  or Scribe America.

Summer Opportunities: 2017 Edition

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Looking for something productive to do this summer?
Check out these unique summer opportunities.


Atlantis Project Fellowship where fellows are able to witness the practice of medicine in a global setting. This program is for students who are enrolled in or recently graduated from a college/university who are in good standing with the latest college/university attended and enrolled in any degree program on a path leading to a health related career.

For more information click here. Admissions are rolling.


Basic Science Programs, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA). This program is for students interested in pursuing a career in basic science or clinical research. Students must be enrolled and in good standing earning a Bachelors of Science degree from an US college/university.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.


Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences (BRUSH), sponsored by Michigan State University. This program is for full-time students attending a 4-year accredited US college or university from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. It is also valuable for students interested in human or veterinary medicine.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017 (although application review begins January 11, 2017).


Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). This program is for those who are at least 18 years old, have proof of health insurance coverage and are not receiving funding from any other source during the program.

For more information click here. Application deadline: March 13, 2017.


Courtier Program Summer Service-Learning Internship, sponsored by Frontier Nursing University. This program is for students interested in public health, health care, social work or related fields, committed to serving rural and underserved populations. Formal training in healthcare is not required. It is preferred that applicants be at least 20 years of age and have completed 2 years of higher education. Personal transportation and a valid driver’s license is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM EST.


Dental Summer Enrichment Program sponsored by the University of Detroit Mercy. This program is for students who are entering their junior or senior year of college, or have recently graduated (within the last 5 years), and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in Dentistry and improving the health of undeserved patient populations. Students must also identify as an underrepresented racial minority or economically/educationally disadvantaged student. A minimum GPA is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 28, 2017.


Frankel Cardiovascular Center Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program, sponsored by the University of Michigan. This program is for any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College, with a preference given to those students interested in a career in research.

For more information click here. Application deadline: January 31, 2017.


Gateways to the Laboratory Summer Program, sponsored by the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in New York City. This program is for freshman & sophomores who are from underrepresented minority, disabled and/or disadvantaged backgrounds and wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree. This program is NOT appropriate for students who wish to pursue a MD or MPH degree. Previous research experience is encouraged, but not required. A minimum GPA and college level calculus is strongly suggested.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.


Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy, sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Office for Health Equity & Inclusion. This program is for juniors, seniors or recent graduates, self-identified as educationally, socially or economically disadvantaged OR demonstrated commitment to serve undeserved populations within the U.S. A minimum GPA & certain classes are required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.


Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy, sponsored by University of Michigan’s Office for Health Equity & Inclusion. This program is for students who have completed their first year of college. A minimum GPA is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.


Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER), sponsored by the National Institute of Health and held on the University Chicago Campus. This program is for college seniors or  post baccalaureate students who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who represent groups that are underrepresented in health related sciences and medicine.

For more information click here. Application deadline: January 13, 2017.


Rural Premedical Internship Program, sponsored by Michigan State’s College of Human Medicine. This program is for students who have completed at least 4 semesters of undergraduate education with preference given to rural students from Michigan who are interested in remaining in the state for medical training and eventual rural practice.

For more information click here. Application deadline: March 17, 2017.


Short Term Educational Program (STEP), sponsored by the University of Michigan. This program is targeted to students from mathematics, physics, engineering, computational sciences and other quantitative backgrounds. Students who are currently enrolled in any degree granting university or college are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to students with interested in a career in research.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 3, 2017.


Student Summer Scholars, sponsored by Grand Valley State University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship. This program is for GVSU undergraduate students who have not yet completed the requirements for graduation and are interested in completing a research and/or creative project with the support of a faculty mentor.

For more information click here. Application deadline: January 27, 2017.


Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), hosted at 13 institutions across the U.S. and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This program is for freshman and sophomore college students interested in the health professions.

For more information click here. Application deadline: March 1, 2017 (although there is an early admission deadline on February 1, 2017).


Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program, sponsored by the Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) at the University of South Carolina. This program is for junors and seniors with majors related to biomedical science or public health research who identify as an underrepresented minority. A minimum GPA is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 17, 2017.


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), sponsored by the University of Michigan. This program is for students interested in research in physiology and/or biomedical sciences. Any student who is currently enrolled at a degree granting University or College is eligible to apply, with preference given to students interested in a career in research.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 3, 2017.


Summer Undergraduate Research in Physiology (SURP), sponsored by the University of Michigan. This program is for students who have completed their freshman year and are not scheduled to graduate before December 2017, who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the University of Michigan’s graduate programs. An interest in academic research and/or teaching as a career is required, along with personal medical/health insurance coverage and identification as an individual from a diverse background that is underrepresented in graduate study in their discipline, an individual with a physical or mental impairment, an individual with a family below the established low-income threshold OR an individual who is first generation to graduate from a four-year college or university. A minimum GPA is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 3, 2017.


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. This program is designed for undergraduate students considering graduate school or a career in biomedical research. Individuals from groups underrepresented in the sciences are encourage to apply. Preference will be given to those who have completed their sophomore or junior year.

For more information click here. Application deadline: March 1 (although there is an early deadline February 1).


Undergraduate Clinical Research Internship Program,  sponsored by the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA). This program is for undergraduate students who have a strong desire to pursue an MD or MD-PhD degree. Preference is given to candidate with prior research experienced and advanced science course work. A minimum GPA is required.

For more information click here. Application deadline: February 1, 2017.

Explore Health Careers

Interested in working in the healthcare field, but not sure which career would suit you best? ExploreHealthCareers.org can help!

After being asked what career is best for students to pursue, they responded:

The kind of health care career that will best suit you depends on your personality, skills, knowledge, experience and education. That’s why ExploreHealthCareers.org created a page of tools that you can use to assess your interests, strengths and potential. Take a look at the career profiles in the Career Explorer when you’re done to match your personal attributes with potential careers.

They also provide a FAQ section for students with additional questions. Still, can’t find the answer?  Send them an email.

MSU EAP Application Available Tomorrow

To any students interested in applying to Michigan State University College of Human Medicine’s Early Assurance Program, the application opens tomorrow, Thursday, December 15 at 8:00 AM.

The application may be found here: http://mdadmissions.msu.edu/Programs/EA/EAP.htm.

It will be due Friday, February 10 at Midnight. Please note that this is earlier than the date posted by MSU CHM.

To apply, students will need to create a User Account in order to log-in to the EAP portal.

  • To create a User Account, they will need to click on the “Early Assurance Applicant” at the bottom of the log-in screen.
  • This will give them instructions on how to create a user account.
  • An AAMC ID is required to create a user account, which can be initiated by registering for the MCAT exam.
  • They will not be able to begin creating an account until the application goes live on Dec 15th

Graduating seniors are welcome to apply for EAP, with the two stipulations as follows:

  • You cannot have a current AMCAS or AACOMAS application, or have applied through AMCAS in the past.
  • You cannot have graduated when they submit their application. So –  a senior who graduated this December 2016 would NOT be eligible, but a senior graduating in May 2017 would be eligible.

Skill Building Workshop Series

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Thinking about applying for a highly competitive national scholarship or fellowship?

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships is offering a Learn 2 Earn Series next semester to provide students  with the skills necessary to produce high-quality scholarship and fellowship applications.

Open to students across disciplines, this series is tailored to provide students with the support to make this process less intimidating. More specifically, it aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and resources to develop themselves and gain information that can be used even after they complete their applications.

There will be 4 programs over the Winter 2017 semester.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here

Scholarship Opportunities for STEM Students

The Office of Fellowships connects students with several national and internationally competitive awards available to those in STEM and related disciplines. The application portals for each award are now open, with campus and/or national deadlines in January.

DAAD RISE Summer Internships in Germany

  • Deadline: January 15, 2017
  • Junior or higher standing (also RISE Professional opportunities for graduate students)
  • Provides fully-funded, 12-week summer internships in major German research institutes across STEM and related disciplines

Goldwater Scholarship 

  • Deadline: January 27, 2017
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore or junior (anticipated graduation date April 2018-December 2019)
  • Intend to pursue a research career in Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy or Psychology.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • $7500/year

Hollings Scholarship

  • Deadline: January 31, 2017
  • U.S. citizen
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Sophomore-standing (or at least 2 years left of degree)
  • STEM disciplines, including  (but not limited to): oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences (geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education) that support NOAA’s programs and mission.
  • $9,500 / years, plus a paid summer internship at an NOAA facility with hands-on practical experience