Medical Scholars Program

For College Students Applying to Medical School

This interactive program allows students aged 18 years and older to spend a week shadowing Summit Medical Group (SMG) doctors in a specialty area of interest. These doctors have been selected because of their interest and commitment to sharing their knowledge through teaching. Students’ days will be structured to provide a variety of experiences in an array of medical settings and specialties. By shadowing doctors at one of our SMG campuses, participants experience firsthand the critical role they could play as future doctors.

Program Details

Shadowing activities provide unique insights into doctor-patient interactions, testing, exams and procedures. Students also have the ability to engage with medical professionals throughout the week, explore rotations and ask questions.

This immersive program will allow students to explore various aspects of the medical profession.

Details include:

  • Opportunities Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Daily morning lectures by different department heads
  • Rotating physicians in different specialties

The program will inform, inspire, and help students better determine their field of study. To that end, it is also helpful with directing students throughout the medical school application process.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us:

  • A 250-word cover letter stating why you are interested in this program
  • Current résumé
  • Letter of recommendation (no relatives, please)
  • Copy of your most recent college transcript

Application materials can be sent via mail to:
Summit Medical Group Foundation
Attn: Medical Scholars Program
1 Diamond Hill Road
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

Students are also required to complete a HIPAA Training Manual for Student Observers and submit a signed Shadowing Program Confidentiality HIPAA Form and a signed Observer-Sponsor Acknowledgment Form prior to being approved. In addition, students will be required to do an in-person or Skype interview.

Participants are required to have their own transportation to and from Summit Medical Group Foundation Medical Scholars Program. Lunch can be purchased at SMG’s Berkeley Heights campus and Florham Park facility. Students participating at other SMG facilities should bring their own lunch.

This is a limited program of only 25 students. Students will be required to attend a one-day orientation program.

Who can apply?

You must have completed at least 2 years of college by the time the program begins to apply. Consideration will be given to class level and academic standing.

Is there a cost for the program?

There is an administrative cost of $250 to retain a space in the program. This amount will be fully refunded if the student does not miss a day.

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