The SMBHC and UMMC have partnered to allow a limited number of honors students to observe physicians in a clinical environment. Each honors student selected will be able to participate in up to two 2-week rotations in Summer 2017. You will participate in this experience with rising M2s (second year medical students) from UMMC. You will also have the opportunity (and expectation) of helping at the Jackson Free Clinic on Saturday mornings, gaining further experience.
To be considered for this experience, you must
- Be a rising junior or senior in the SMBHC,
- Have at least a 3.50 GPA,
- Be in good standing with the SMBHC for your year (honors hours, CAC, sophomore petition or research project, whichever is applicable),
- Show evidence of pursuing a career in medicine (through coursework or extracurricular activities such as Community Action),
- And exhibit professionalism indicative of a medical student.
Students selected for this program may choose to participate in only one two-week rotation, but to make the most of this experience, we expect most students will spend a month in Jackson in order to experience two areas of medicine. Rotations will be determined by Dr. Jerry Clark, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UMMC, with his assignments based as much as possible on student preferences.
Stipend: The SMBHC will provide a fellowship of up to $500 for two weeks or $1,000 for a month for participants’ living expenses. Stipends may not exceed expenses related to the shadowing program.
Application Process: Interested students should submit the following items by March 1, 2018 to be considered for the Shadowing Program:
- Unofficial Transcripts (include transcripts from any college or university where you have earned credit);
- An essay of no more than two pages that responds to the following prompt:
- Why are you interested in a career in medicine? What have you done so far to explore this interest? How would this shadowing program fit with your previous exploration?
- A letter of evaluation from a faculty member at the University of Mississippi who knows you well.
All application items (including the faculty letter) must be collected by you and submitted by the deadline to room 335 in the Honors College.
Selection Process: Students for this program will be selected by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College administration and recommended to Dr. Clark. After selection, we will hold an orientation meeting in early April.
Housing: The student will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and travel. A number of extended-stay hotels are located nearby. Also, the SMBHC is contacting alumni who are medical students to determine their interest in housing a current honors student.