Upcoming Premedical Opportunities

Located in one of the leading health sciences communities in the world, the Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program provides students with limitless opportunities to gain experience through an array of resources, events, and opportunities.

To enhance the rigorous academic curriculum offered by the Postbac Premed Program, students are encouraged to visit this page regularly for updates on upcoming opportunities available both on-and-off -campus.


Spring 2021 Events

Date: Jan. 15 - 17

UTHSC’s Student National Medical Association is hosting this year’s Region X Medical Education Conference (RMEC) on January 15-17th via Zoom. RMEC is a student-led conference initiative that seeks to equip medical and pre-health students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their academic and professional pursuits. This year’s conference theme is “Combatting Adversity with Diversity,” and their goal is to take an in-depth look at the experiences of minorities in medicine and the intersections of public health.


Date: Thurs., Jan. 21, 2021, 10:30 a.m. EST

The Medical School for International (MSIH) has been hosting a global health related lecture each month as part of our global health forum.

Dr. Judith Lasker, Professor Emerita from Lehigh University, will be the guest speaker of the lecture entitled, "Hoping to Help: Improving the value of short-term overseas clinical programs in Global Health." Dr. Lasker is the author of "Hoping to Help; The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering."



The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM) invites all students interested in pursuing a career in medicine to attend the following online information sessions. Attendees will learn about the DO profession, the application process, and our learner-centered, cased-based curriculum.

Topic: UIWSOM Online Information Session
Wed., Jan. 20, 4 p.m. (CST)

Topic: Q/A with Admissions and Current UIWSOM Student
Thurs., Jan. 28, 12:30 p.m. (CST)

Topic: Q/A with Admissions and Current UIWSOM Student
Tues., Feb. 9, 3 p.m. (CST)

Topic: Underrepresented in Medicine Applicants
Wed., Feb. 24, 4 p.m. (CST)

Date: Thurs., Jan. 21, 6 p.m.

Join Dean Rosen-Metsch '90GS and Jeffrey Patrick '13GS in a conversation about contact tracing in New York during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Date: Thurs., Jan. 21, 7 p.m.

This is geared towards students who are considering a path as a physician-scientist and have questions about MD/DO-PhD programs and/or the application process. A panel of current trainees will be available to answer your questions. Anyone can join; you do not have to be applying this cycle to participate!


Date: Sat., Jan. 23, 12 - 6 p.m. EST

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) will be hosting a virtual pre-health conference.


Date: Jan. 23 - 24, 9:30 - 3 p.m. EST

Join this free 2-day virtual Prehealth Colloquiuium to learn more about:

  • MD and Dual Degree (Masters, PhD) Programs
  • Student Supports and Services
  • Prehealth Summer Programs

Hear from our medical students and Pipeline Alumni in our Student Panel and participate in a Problem Based Learning and Mock MMI


Date: Sat., Jan. 30, 2021, 1 - 4:30 p.m. EST

Network with Weill Cornell medical students, residents, and physicians. Workshops will focus on health equity, navigating the path to medical school, financing a medical education, mentoring, physicians as advocates, careers in research, and so much more.


Date: Wed., Feb. 3, 6 p.m. EST

Join the Columbia University Irving Medical Center as they welcome André Aciman as their guest for their Narrative Medicine Rounds to discuss his new book, Homo Irrealis. Mr. Aciman will be in conversation with moderator Michael Gately, Assistant Director of Administration for the MS program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University.


Dates: Fri., March 19 - Sun., March 21

Join the Columbia University Division of Narrative Medicine for a Narrative Medicine Basic Virtual Workshop. The virtual format will combine live virtual sessions and asynchronous learning modalities to deliver an introduction to the field that provides the same learning, connection, and transformative experience over the course of the weekend as a traditional workshop while taking into consideration the fatigue and burnout of demanding virtual schedules.

This intensive workshop content will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence and provides an immersive introductory experience to the methods and skills of narrative medicine. These practices are then applicable to unlimited clinical and non-clinical settings.

Participants will experience plenary presentations by the founders of the Division of Narrative Medicine in both live and asynchronous formats and will engage with faculty and each other live via Zoom for interactive presentations, Q&A, and small group work.

Schedule and registration information will be announced soon.

Programs & Positions

Deadline: Thurs., Jan. 21, 11:59 p.m. EST

Peer Health Exchange is Columbia and Barnard’s chapter of a national nonprofit organization that equips college students with the resources and knowledge necessary to prepare them for facilitating conversations about mental, physical, and sexual health with high school students around Harlem and Manhattan in general. We aim to provide skills-based health workshops to high schools that are under-resourced. We are proud to say that our curriculum is inclusive of all identities, including but not limited to those surrounding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, class, and many others.

We meet Monday evenings to prepare the workshops that we facilitate during the week, according to student availability. We use this time to prepare the content as well as to work on our facilitation skills. As health education is a pillar of eradicating health disparities, we highly encourage people who are passionate about public health to join us!


Please reach out to PHE's Co-Coordinators Alexis and Monique if there are any questions.

The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP) COVID-19 Potential Tracer Registry

In the current pandemic, an army of COVID 19 Tracers are needed to stem the spread of infection.  Along with social distancing, wearing a mask and scrupulous hand washing, Contact Tracing is a critical element in the public health fight against the disease.

What are COVID-19 Tracers?

Tracers serve a vital function through a very simple, but effective process.  From the list of people testing positive for the antigen indicating current infection with the coronavirus (a CASE), a Tracer follows a protocol to

  • receive information for a telephone call with a CASE

  • call the CASE to

    • determine symptom deterioration that might require immediate medical attention

    • advise the CASE to isolate, thus preventing the spread of the infection to others

      • directing the CASE to resources to help with any barriers to this isolation

    • find out information about those people the CASE may have already infected (CONTACTS)

  • call these CONTACTS to

    • determine if the CONTACTS have symptoms that would make them a CASE

    • advise the CONTACTS to quarantine, thus preventing the spread of the infection to others

      • directing the CONTACTS to resources to help with any barriers to this quarantine

States and municipalities across the U.S. are recruiting for COVID 19 Tracers.  Each has their own criteria and rules for bringing Tracers on-board.  Many have hired outside contractors to manage their recruiting. This may present difficulty for you in finding the right opportunity at the right time with the right place to apply.​

How can NARAP help you?

Signing up on the NARAP COVID 19 Potential Tracer Registry can help you with that difficulty:

  • Based on the date and time you send in the application, NARAP will distribute your information to health departments and recruiting agencies requesting Tracers from the Registry

    • “first come, first serve”

      • if an agency calls for 100 Tracers, NARAP will send them the first hundred names and contact information on the Registry based on criteria they request such as state of legal residence

    • You will also be placed on the list for NARAP updates on COVID-19 Tracing and other
      opportunities for clinical experience that come through the organization.

What do you need to join the Registry?​

While your place in line depends on your application time/date stamp, before sending your information forward, NARAP must receive your​


 What COVID-19 Potential Tracer Registry NOT do?

  • Assure you will be called for a position as a COVID 19 Tracer position

    • currently, many states, municipalities and agencies are flooded with applicants

  • Guarantee the offer as a COVID 19 Tracer will be for a paid position; a particular offer may just be for volunteers

  • Indicate in what time frame you may receive an offer as a COVID 19 Tracer

    • over time, we believe that many recruited Tracers from other sources will go back to their jobs and careers as the economy rebounds,

    • but the need for COVID 19 Tracers will likely extend well into 2021 and beyond

    • while there may be an abundant supply of Tracer applicants now, the need for more long term will be a demand pre-health professions students on NARAP’s COVID 19 Registry can answer

  • Preclude you from pursing all other ways for getting a position as a COVID 19 Tracer       

What will you receive from NARAP?

  • Confirmation of receipt of your

    • application to the Registry

    • certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins University COVID 19 Training course

    • letter of endorsement from your Health Professions Adviser

  • Updates on

    • COVID 19 Contact Tracing

    • other opportunities through NARAP for clinical research experiences

We at NARAP look forward to working with you on developing the largest public health force ever assembled and future opportunities for your discernment, qualification and development as future healthcare professionals.


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The 2021 Premedical Urban Leaders Summer Enrichment (PULSE) Program is an academic enrichment program for college undergraduate students interested in healthcare professions.

PULSE is a six-week summer program offered from June 1st through July 9th, 2021, and is free to accepted students. Applicants will be accepted based on academic standing, professor recommendations and commitment to a career in the health professions.

Students from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Program highlights include coursework in basic sciences; discussions about health, economic and educational disparities affecting urban communities; and a capstone poster symposium during which students present observations on what they learned.

Please visit our website for more details.

Health Nexus, a student volunteer group working with the Global Columbia Collaboratory, is currently recruiting artists, including graphic designers, who are interested in creating images for a graphic novel. The team has interfaced with healthcare professionals in diverse healthcare systems around the globe and used qualitative interviews to collect perspectives on various themes that reflect their personal and professional experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Themes include allyship & advocacy, public health, and psychological well-being.

The Health Nexus plans to prepare a script for a graphic novel where experiences of healthcare professionals in diverse regions of the world are aggregated into personas of fictional characters. Using a public health lens, the focus will be on bringing readers into bold, rich worlds. The Health Nexus is seeking artists who enjoy illustration (and or graphic design) and feel as passionately about amplifying the stories of healthcare workers.

Current work on the graphic novel can be found on their website

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Columbia Health Nexus.


Tentative Program Dates: May 24 - Aug. 1, 2021

Application Opens: Mon., Nov. 16, 2020

Application Closes: Mon., Feb. 1, 2021

The University of Michigan Medical Scientist Training Program (an MD/Ph.D. program) invites students to a 10-week summer undergraduate research program sponsored on the medical campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

UM-SMART is designed for undergraduate students who have an interest in obtaining a combined MD/Ph.D. degree leading to a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist performing basic research relevant to human health and disease. As a UM-SMART summer research fellow, students work full-time in a basic research laboratory under the mentorship of a research faculty member.

The goal of the program is to help students decide if a career as a physician-scientist is right for them and to enhance competitiveness when applying to MD/Ph.D. programs. The UM-SMART has helped 85 undergraduate participants learn about MD/Ph.D. training since 2008. After graduation, 78% of past participants entered MD/Ph.D., Ph.D., or MD programs. UM-SMART is not intended for students seeking clinical research experience on human subjects. Additionally, we do not offer opportunities in public health, the social sciences, or the humanities.

Students participating in a lab receive a stipend of $4,400 plus double occupancy dormitory housing and a meal allowance.

This program is open to those who can complete their sophomore year and 100 hours of research lab experience by June 1, 2021.

Note: Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the status of the program is currently tentative. In the event that joining us on campus is not possible, an alternative virtual experience will be offered.

For more information, visit the UM-SMART website.

Stetson Lee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is looking to hire five recent college graduates and aspiring doctors for its year-long paid internship program which started in 2007. This internship is designed to provide practical experience to college graduates bound for medical school.

Interns work directly with the physicians and learn how to take medical histories, document patient illnesses, review X-ray and MRI results from the in-office X-ray and MRI machines, and synthesize information into possible diagnoses. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend both arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, knee, elbow, hip, and ankle. They will engage in ongoing research projects with the goal of publishing their projects in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, interns have the opportunity to learn the business side of medicine by sitting in on business and financial meetings of the group and occasionally assisting with the overall operation of the office.

The internship program begins each year around June 1 and lasts roughly 13 months.

Qualifications are that students must have recently graduated from a university, taken the MCAT, and plan on attending medical school. Interest in Orthopedics is preferred, but not required as this experience will help all aspiring doctors.

More information about our internship can be found on this website.

Those interested in applying should email a cover letter and resume to business@stetsonleeortho.com.

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is currently accepting applications for its Virtual Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), a summer opportunity for Pre-Dental students.

The SEP application deadline is March 1, 2021 by 5pm EST.

Send any questions to Dental Diversity.

DOROT, Inc. – 2021 Summer College Internship Program

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging 
Undergraduate Intern

Nemours - Health Equity Summer Scholars Program (HESSP) 2021

SENS Research Foundation 
2021 Regenerative Medicine Summer Internship

Application Deadline: Mon., Mar. 1, 2021

Yale University School of Medicine invites submission of applications from undergraduate students who are interested in working in a state of the art research environment under the supervision of established investigators studying novel mechanisms and treatments for kidney and urological diseases, non-malignant hematological diseases, and hypertension.

Program Description:
The program’s mission is designed to prepare undergraduate students who are interested in developing careers as scientific investigators in biomedical research. As there are many patients worldwide afflicted with kidney, urological, and hematological diseases, further knowledge is needed to understand the mechanisms underlying the disease processes and to develop new treatments. The program will provide students with an exciting “hands-on” opportunity to conduct fundamental research in clinical and basic science laboratories directly investigating human disease processes. Students will learn to formulate hypothesis-driven research, to obtain and analyze the generated data, and to write-up the results. In addition to conducting research, the students will have the opportunity to participate in a formal 10-12-week series of didactic sessions led by the principal investigators ranging in topics from how blood and urine is generated in the body, the fundamental tools of research, and career development in biomedical research.

$525/week for 10-12 weeks, and an all expense paid trip to present his or her work at Emory University in Georgia, at the end of the summer.

Application Procedure and Criteria:
Commitment to 10-12 weeks of full-time research at Yale University from the last week of May-to the middle of August 2021. (Exceptions on start and end dates will be made for those applicants on the quarter system.) Students must be available to present his or her work at Emory University in early August 2021.

Applicants who have applied to this program in prior years, only need to send an updated CV and transcript. Eligibility for applications will consist of the following requirements.

  1. Summer students applying must have a GPA >3.5 (0-4.0 scale).
  2. Student applicant must be a full time undergraduate student from an accredited university or college.
  3. Student applicant will send a resume describing college awards/honors received, describing previous laboratory experiences, and a 500-word description of his or her research interest and how this relates to long-term career goals.
  4. An official transcript and two letters of references that indicate the student’s motivation and longterm potential as a biomedical researcher will be sent to Ms. Anne Prodoti. Recommendation letters should not be requested from coaches, high school teachers, or politicians, and standardized test scores will not be requested.

Applications can be submitted beginning October 26, 2020. Approved applicants will be notified on a rolling basis between February 1 and March 31, 2021. We will accept applications until March 1.

Applicants who were declined are welcome to apply the following year if they still satisfy the application criteria.

All materials should be emailed to Ms. Anne Prodoti.


  • Pre-Med students: Has COVID-19 impacted your future plans? We at UC San Diego are eager to learn how the pandemic has affected you and invite you to take a short, 5-minute survey. Your input may help us better understand the challenges you and other pre-health students are facing during this pandemic. Your participation is greatly valued: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth
  • Has COVID led to a delay in taking the MCAT? Cancellation of your summer internship? Affected your ability to get letters of rec? As a team of UCSD researchers, we want YOUR thoughts via our short survey about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your plans to pursue a pre-health career! Click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth
  • We know that a lot of MCAT and volunteer/extracurricular opportunities have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team of UCSD researchers are trying to get a better grasp on understanding these difficulties and stressors during these unprecedented times. To help us and potentially improve the application process in the future, please take this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDprehealth​​​​​​​