First year Medical Students from underrepresented groups (URiM) are invited to apply for a unique summer experience to explore a career in the field of oncology while giving back to their community. Applicants should have an interest in obtaining experience in a clinical field of oncology (medical, surgical or radiation oncology), clinical and translational oncology research, as well as a desire to contribute to developing the next generation of clinicians and scientists by serving as mentors to youth from underrepresented groups in the Rutgers University Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) program.
- Provide clinical and research exposure to medical students from URiM to explore a career in the various fields of oncology – medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, etc.
- Provide a platform for medical students from URiM to give back to their community and serve as role models and mentors to high school and undergraduate students who are a part of the RUYES program
- Give medical students a peer-mentor to bond with during the summer research time at Rutgers Cancer Institute
- Foster relationships that can become the building blocks for a network of mentors and sponsors to support career growth of both the medical student and the RUYES student
- Summer long clinical shadowing program in oncology area of interest – rotate through a cancer of interest (e.g. colon cancer) or a field of interest (e.g. surgery).
- Summer long research project in area of interest. Clinical or laboratory research possible. (1 & 2 may be different faculty).
- Meet with RUYES student during summer for chats/lunches to share details and obtain feedback for student projects and clinical shadowing activities.
- Med student and RUYES student to be invited to each other’s final research report to be an advocate and supporter of each other’s work.
- Career talk (“how I got to medical school”) at high school or undergrad class of the mentee.
- Post-summer opportunities to continue meeting and sustaining mentor relationship, including funded movie/dinner, visit science museum, etc.
Who is Eligible?
This program is for students in their 1st year of medical school. Applicants must be from one of the following underrepresented backgrounds: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2022. Students will be generously compensated during this summer experience. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information