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Student Mentors for Minorities in Medicine (SM3)

Description: SM3 is an umbrella pipeline program that engages under-represented in medicine males and females in a mentoring process (academic and professional) which will prepare them for a future career in medicine. The “A Gentleman and A Scholar” and “A Lady and A Scholar” Mentoring Programs consist of a series of monthly large group sessions and individual sessions with an assigned College of Medicine (COM) student mentor. This mentoring initiative is the effort of the African American male College of Medicine class of 2010.  Subsequent classes of COM under-represented in medicine students have committed to maintain the program.

Objectives: The program is designed to provide students with the foundational tools to foster their desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Dates: September - May

To apply: Students must be in high school (juniors and seniors) or college and have an interest in medicine.  

Application Deadline: October 2 - Apply to this mentorship program

Summer Medicine Academy

Description: The Summer Medicine Academy is a one week residential program.   This program is jointly sponsored by the South Carolina Area Health and Education Consortium (AHEC) and the College of Medicine.  Fifteen (15) Academy Fellows take part in a week of clinical and didactic sessions on the campus of MUSC, a shadowing experience as well as a community service project.   Didactic sessions and project topics focus on health disparities prevalent among South Carolinians.

Objective: The program is designed to assist minority and disadvantaged students to prepare for entry into medical education training programs within South Carolina.              

Dates: June 4-9, 2017

To apply: Students must be 18 year of age before start date.

Click here for application: Medicine Academy Application

Summer Institute

Description: The Summer Institute is a six week program designed to help increase MCAT scores and provide professional development for aspiring medical school applicants.  At the recommendation of the Admissions Committee, students are invited to apply for the program. Students who are accepted into the program take courses at MUSC administered by the Center for Academic Excellence.  At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of completion. Along with the courses, opportunities to interact with health care providers and weekly seminars will be provided.  Special topics include financial counseling, health disparities, wellness, writing personal statements, time management, and mock interviews. 

Objective: The purpose of the Summer Institute is to increase the number of under-represented minority students and students from underserved areas of South Carolina who are matriculating into the medical profession.

Dates: late June-August

To apply: The College of Medicine Admissions Committee selects students annually.


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