During your summer breaks in undergrad, you should be taking advantage of summer opportunities. This will help to make you a more competitive applicant and allow you to gain more exposure in the medical field. I took advantage of every summer in undergrad and participated in numerous summer enrichment opportunities as well as traveled abroad every summer! Many of these summer programs provide stipends to help offset travel and lodging. You definitely want to take advantage of those! But also take advantage of the programs that don’t have stipends, because they are just as enriching and beneficial!

Here is a list of a few amazing summer opportunities:

 *Applications generally open up in the fall, but always check the website to make sure*

1. Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

A free summer enrichment program-implemented at 13 universities across the nation. Each institution provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. Program sites vary on how they deliver each of these required components and their program start date.

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Here I am in the summer of 2012 at SMDEP (former name now called SHPEP) at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at the closing ceremony!

2.Project Imhotep

An eleven-week summer internship supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE)

3. Summer Research Opportunities:

4.Travel Abroad

You pick the place and program! Be sure to check with your international department or study abroad office on campus, they should have plenty of opportunities for you to see the world! I had the opportunity to travel to 14 countries during my time at Spelman College!

These are just a few summer opportunities that I am aware of. Feel free to share more opportunities with me and I will be sure to share with others!

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