The Honors College experience does much to develop students pursuing a career in medicine:
Our smaller classes in the sciences give you
- skilled professors whose pedagogy helps you master the material, and who will get to know you well enough to write detailed letters of recommendation;
- the company of classmates who all share your academic determination and focus.
The Community Action Challenge provides a structure to gain the exposure to medicine that medical schools want to see. In addition, fulfilling CAC, even in a way that is not related to medicine, shows medical schools your compassion for others.
Our thesis requirement (whatever the field) gives you
- a level playing field when you compete for placement with talented students who went to universities that require a thesis;
- superb evidence that you can grapple with a complex problem and figure out where to begin, learn how to frame the appropriate questions and methodologies, clearly communicate your process and findings, and—not least!—stick to a task even when it gets very difficult.
Since 2000, the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College has worked with the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine to help advise our pre-med students. Recently, this partnership has grown to further serve honors students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. In addition to frequent presentations by medical school admissions directors (both from UMMC and elsewhere) on preparing to be a competitive applicant to medical school, the Honors College and UMMC have partnered to offer rising junior and senior honors students the opportunity to participate in a Clinical Shadowing Program.
We also want to publicize many other opportunities that can help students determine if medicine is the career for them and to help develop students to be strong candidates for medical school.
Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program—the MRPSP identifies rural college students who aspire to return to their roots to practice medicine. Through academic enrichment, faculty and physician mentoring, plus solid medical school financial support, the MRPSP can help develop the next generation of rural physicians. For more information visit their website.
Physician Shadowing Program—the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo offers two Physician Shadowing Program sessions each summer. Students spend three weeks with physicians in areas including: emergency medicine, family practice, radiology, surgery, and cardiology. Rising college juniors and seniors are eligible to apply. The application deadline is usually in mid-April. For more information, visit the NMHS Youth Programs website.
Mississippi Rural Dentists Program–Similarly to the Mississippi Rural Physicians Program, the MS Rural Dentists Program identifies and supports students who plan to practice dentistry in a rural area of the state. For more information, click here.
Medical Research Opportunities
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)—although targeted for students pursuing a PhD in biomedical sciences, SURE is another research opportunity. The School of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences provides this 10-week research internship that places students in biomedical laboratories at UMMC under the mentorship of a biomedical researcher. Students also attend seminars and discussions on the current status of biomedical research and career opportunities. SURE is available to undergraduates of any year. For more information about the program and how to apply visit their website.