University of Virginia School of Medicine
The University of Virginia has 28 years of experience providing
one of the nation's leading medical school prep programs. The depth
and breadth of the program, and the experiences it offers, will
provide students with a wealth of information and ideas that will
make them more competitive candidates for medical school. The UVA
SMDEP seeks to:
- Expose students to the real world of medicine through a clinical
medicine lecture series on cutting edge topics in health including:
stem-cell research, telemedicine, bioethics, nanotechnology, bioterriosm,
morphogenesis, regenerative medicine, and global health; the role
of physicians in promoting good health, the fact and fiction surrounding
addiction, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS;
introduction to obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics,
dermatology, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, and endocrinology;
cardiovascular diseases in the underserved population; cancer-current
status and future prospects; challenges and rewards of a career
in medicine; medicine-vocation vs. career; and careers in biomedical
research. In order to provide extensive opportunities for interaction
with physicians, the students participate in a series entitled,
"Where Doctor's Work," visiting clinical settings such as the
autopsy department, radiology department, cardiology clinic, a
senior center (one-on-one interview with patients), the primary
care clinic, department of general internal medicine, and a state-of-the
art Simulation Center. Mentoring by eminent physicians and dentists
is also offered.
- " Provide academic enrichment involving the application of biology,
chemistry, physics, and quantitative techniques to medicine, as
well as enhancing students' problem-solving, writing, reading
comprehension, and other communication skills. Personal counseling
is provided. A career development program is directed toward exploration
of the medical and dental profession and an individualized education
plan that will include identification of other appropriate summer
experiences. The do's and don'ts of the medical school admissions
process are presented in a series of workshops. Simulated medical
school interviews are conducted and students develop a personal
statement. Participants attend workshops on financial planning,
learning skills, test taking, time management, and stress management.
There is a medical school recruitment fair during which representatives
from medical schools meet the participants to describe their schools'
admission criteria, programs, and support services.
- Meals:: Three (3) meals per day, seven (7) days a week.
- Travel Assistance: None
- Stipend: Disbursed in 2 installments of $300 (weeks 1
- Housing: Free. Students are housed in University of Virginia
dorm suites with cooking facilities.
- Health Insurance: Limited coverage provided.
- Social Activities: Various social mixers (e.g., cookout,
receptions, talent shows, cultural celebrations, movie night)
and visits to local/regional attractions.
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