Mentoring in Medicine Program Ready to Kick Off 13th Year

November 24, 2015

Applications are due Feb. 15, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 13th year of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program.

The 10-week summer program allows 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.  

 “This program is very helpful for students considering a career as a physician,” says Dr. Richard Schroeder, an Orthopedic Surgeon who co-founded the program with his wife Diana Schroeder who serves as program coordinator.  “Mentoring in Medicine allows them to get a firsthand look at a career as a physician. It also helps them begin to sort out what specialties interest them the most.” Dr. Schroeder was involved in a similar program as a medical student in Illinois which helped foster his interest in orthopedics. 

Since its inception, more than 120 students have participated in the Mentoring in Medicine program; the majority of them (about 85%) have gone on to medical school. 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. “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