Summer Enrichment and Pipeline Programs

Search the AAMC's database to find enrichment and pipeline programs.
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Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing

Gaining experience is an important part of the medical school application process. But to be considered a competitive applicant, do you really need to shadow a physician?
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Public Health Pathways for Premedical Students

Public Health Training Opportunities for Premedical and Prehealth Students

What It’s Like to Be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Two medical students talk about their experiences as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and how it prepared them for medical school.
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What It's Like to Do a Post-bacc Program

A medical student answers questions about what it was like to do a post-bacc program and how it prepared him for medical school.
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How to Get Lab Experience

Answers to common questions about how to get lab experience as a pre-med student.
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Exploring Academic and Career Interests through Summer Experiences

Editor's note: SMDEP has changed to the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). You can find more information at .

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
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What It's Like to Participate in Summer Medical and Dental Education Program

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) is a free (full tuition, housing, and meals), six-week summer academic enrichment program for freshman and sophomore college students interested in careers in medicine and dentistry.

Finding Health Care-related Volunteer Opportunities

Answers to common questions about health care-related volunteer opportunities for pre-med students.

Shadowing a Doctor

Answers to common questions about shadowing a doctor as a pre-medical student.
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Plan to Make the Most of Your Summer—Now

Summer is a great time to get medically related experience, which can be an important piece of a medical school application. You can volunteer, shadow a doctor, work in a lab, or participate in a summer program that may include several of these experiences.

MD-PhD Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

Find medical research opportunities for undergraduates on medical school campuses.

What It's Like to Be a Medical Scribe

A medical student talks about what it was like to be a medical scribe and how it helped prepare him for medical school.
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Six Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer

Get advice on several ways you can round out your medical school applications over the summer.
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Making the Most of Your Gap Year

A "gap year" is the period of time between the end of your undergraduate education and the start of medical school. In fact, a gap year might be a year or more, depending on each person’s particular circumstances.

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. 

Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences

These guidelines are intended to initiate the conversation of expectations related to the shadowing experience. This framework is designed to help pre-medical students understand the difference between shadowing and volunteering, potential learning objectives of the experience, their expected...

Pipeline and Outreach Programs

Pipeline and outreach programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and medical research.