Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program is accepting applicants for the annual 10-week summer program, now in its 15th year.
Mentoring in Medicine is designed to give area college students, planning on a career as a physician, the opportunity to shadow physicians at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in departments such as radiology, obstetrics, orthopedics and ER/trauma. Students also have the opportunity to select a department of their choice to shadow for two weeks. Pathology, oncology and neurosurgery are some top choices.
“Mentoring in Medicine provides a great opportunity for students in our region who are considering a career in medicine,” says Dr. Richard Schroeder, an Orthopedic Surgeon who co-founded the program with his wife Diana Schroeder who serves as program coordinator. “It provides a realistic, firsthand look at a career as a physician and also helps these students begin to identify what specialties they may be interested in pursuing down the road.” Dr. Schroeder was involved in a similar program as a medical student in Illinois which helped foster his interest in orthopedics.
Since its inception, nearly 150 students have participated in the Mentoring in Medicine program; the majority of them (about 85%) have gone on to medical school. At least nine of the participants have come back to the region to practice as physicians. Mentoring in Medicine is underwritten by a stipend from the Conemaugh Health System, so premed students do earn an income for the summer.
The application process to become an intern is rigorous. It is open to college students not high school students. “There are eight spots open for college and/or medical students,” says Diana Schroeder, Mentoring in Medicine program coordinator. “Each student must be a rising junior or senior in college with a focus in pre-med, or must be a first year medical student and have taken four out of the five required courses which are pre-med, calculus, biology, organic and/or inorganic chemistry and physics. Another requirement is that the participants be from Cambria or surrounding counties.”
To apply for the program students can contact Diana Schroeder via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2018.