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 2020. You will participate in this experience with rising M3s (third 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, capstone project, if 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 2-week rotation, but to make the most of this experience, we expect most students will participate in two 2-week sessions 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 on the student’s preferences.
Stipend: The SMBHC will provide a fellowship of up to $500 for each two week session for students not from the Jackson area. Stipends may not exceed expenses related to the shadowing program.
Application Process: Interested students should submit the following items by February 3, 2020 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;
- Proof of a negative TB test;
- Copy of driver’s license and proof of health insurance.
All application items (including the faculty letter) must be collected by you and submitted by the deadline to room 322 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 March or early April.
The medical school holds four 2-week shadowing sessions each summer. Session 1 is reserved to place the current medical students. Honors students selected for the shadowing program can choose up to two sessions from the following:
- Session 2 June 15-June 26
- Session 3 July 6-July 17
- Session 4 July 20-July 31
Housing: The student will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and travel. A number of extended-stay hotels are located nearby. Also, Dr. Clark’s office will ask current medical students if they are interested in housing a current honors student.