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Mentoring in Medicine Program Accepts Applications from College Students Planning for Career as a Physician
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Posted: 2013-12-16

The Mentoring in Medicine program at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is once again accepting applications from college students planning on a career as a physician.

Now in its 11th year, the 10-week summer program allows students 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.

“The goal of the program is to allow young people who are strongly considering medicine to confirm that they do indeed want to go into medicine and to begin to sort out what specialties they might be interested in,” says Dr. Richard Schroeder, an Orthopedic Surgeon who co-founded the program with his wife Diana Schroeder who serves as program coordinator. “The program helps premed students experience what doctors do on a daily basis. It is underwritten by a stipend from the hospital, so premed students do earn an income for the summer. We know that’s important.”

“When I was at Northwestern where I went to medical school in Chicago, the State of Illinois had a program called a MECO Program (Medical Education and Community Orientation). It was very helpful for me,” says Dr. Schroeder. “It’s actually where I evolved my interest in orthopedics, away from other forms of surgery that I thought I might be interested in.”

Since its inception, more than 100 students have participated in the Mentoring in Medicine program; the majority of them (about 75%) have gone on to medical school.

The application process to become an intern is rigorous. There are eight spots open for college and/or medical students. 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. The internship is paid.
To apply for the program students can contact Diana Schroeder via email at dschroe@conemaugh.org. Applications are due February 15, 2013.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org