Hamilton students interested in medicine often spend one or more summers conducting research in the sciences. Hamilton College offers extensive opportunities for funded research, and each summer more than 90 students receive grants to conduct collaborative science research with Hamilton faculty. Since most off-campus applications are due about February 1, and the on-campus selection process begins in late January, exploring research opportunities in early January is ideal. Winter vacation is an excellent time to explore opportunities for the following summer.
Not every student heading toward the health professions chooses to focus on science. Social science research is important to understanding the socio-cultural determinants of health, and grants from the Emerson Foundation and the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center offer opportunities for collaborative research with Hamilton faculty on any topic of particular interest.
REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) grants offer the opportunity for NSF-sponsored research at other colleges and universities.
The Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica, NY offers an excellent opportunity to explore medical research.
Lancaster Hospital in Lancaster, PA offers an excellent paid clinical research position for student after their junior year. Students living in the Lancaster area are given preference.
Many medical schools offer summer research opportunities for students interested in an MD/Ph.D. Often called SURP (Summer Undergraduate Research Program) or SURF (Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program), you can search the medical school web sites for these opportunities. The AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) keeps a list of undergraduate research opportunities.
There are several foundations that offer excellent research opportunities, for example the Stowers Institute for Summer Research.
Students who have a very specific research interest can go to the web page of the university/medical school where they would like to work and send an email with attached resume to the researchers doing work in the desired field.
Gaining Clinical Experience
Do an Internet search to find medically-related experiences. In order to make the most of these experiences, you should plan ahead so that you can fully utilize your time both during the academic year and during breaks. Here a few ideas to get you started:
• Burke Rehabilitation Center Internship
• Overlook Medical Center, NJ: clinical internship
• A List of Summer Opportunities Prepared by Syracuse University
• Howard Hughes List of National Research Opportunities
• Enrichment Programs on the Web (AAMC)
• A List of Summer Research Opportunities Prepared by Amherst College
• Volunteer in the Local Community through On-Campus Service Organizations
• Shadow a Local Physician or Volunteer in a Hospital/Clinic