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SupremEd (Summer Pre-Med) Student Volunteer Program

What is SupremEd? 

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center's six-week SupremEd Volunteer Program offers college students (ages 18 and older) considering a career as a physician the opportunity to gain experience in assisting patients through volunteering at a premier tertiary care, regional referral hospital. SupremeEd Volunteers will learn about the educational journey of becoming a physician from current medical students, residents, and physicians during a weekly speaker series and by spending time in Conemaugh Memorial's state-of-the-art Medical Skills Learning Center.

Program Requirements

  • Must commit to eight (8) hours per week (including four-hour volunteer shift)
  • May not miss more than one week
  • Must be at least entering sophomore year in college
  • Must currently be enrolled in Pre-Med course work
  • Must have a letter or email of reference
  • Must commit to follow all Volunteer Services and hospital guidelines and policies
  • Volunteer experience within Conemaugh Health System preferred

SupremEd Criteria

  • Student must be currently enrolled in a Pre-Med program and completed at least his/her first year of the program by the start date
  • Student must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Student must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career as a physician
  • Student must be polite, considerate, and demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Preference given to students who have permanent residence in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, or surrounding counties

Students Who Should Not Apply

  • Students who cannot commit to eight hours/week for six weeks
  • Students who have a Medical Doctorate or are currently practicing medicine in this or another country
  • Students applying in search of a recommendation

Documentation to be Submitted

  • Volunteer application online (list "SupremEd" as interest category)
  • Copy of school transcript documenting current GPA
  • Recommendation (email or letter) preferably from a professor or advisor
  • Personal statement addressing the following points must be submitted from the applicant either in bulleted or narrative format:
    • Why have you selected medicine / becoming a physician as your career path?
    • Research describing the occupation and how this profession serves the patient
    • Academic and clinical training required
    • Tuition and related expenses
    • Anticipated future job market in Pennsylvania and nationally for this specific career
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • It is strongly recommended that you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. If you need a religious or medical exemption, please request when submitting your application. 

Submitting Completed Information

Once you have submitted the online volunteer application located at, the required documentation above can be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • Mail completed requests directly to
    • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Volunteer Services, 1086 Franklin Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
    • Fax to (814) 534-9431
    • Scan or email to

All required documentation must be submitted to be considered for the SupremEd Volunteer Program. Spaces are limited. Students who meet qualifications and criteria will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

For questions, contact Volunteer Services at (814) 534-9129.