The summer break between the end of Year I and the beginning of Year II is about 12 weeks long. You need to plan to use this time to your advantage in deciding which specialty you will apply to or to strengthen your qualifications for the very competitive specialties. Everyone should plan at least a 2 week vacation since this the only extended, scheduled time off during your medical school curriculum.
Students who want to examine potential fields in medicine can take advantage of the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education's (SEMCME) Summer Externship Program. Many of our clinical partners provide opportunities for students to experience the clinical life of physicians in nearly all specialties. Each year, the WSUSOM hosts SEMCME's Hospital Day for Year I students to talk with representative from the various hospitals about their summer offerings. More information about local and national Summer Externships is listed on the Student Affairs Website.
Students who are looking to strengthen their research portfolio may want to take advantage of the large number research opportunities here at the WSUSOM. Those who are considering applying to the most competitive specialties would benefit from involvement in clinical translational research. There are many other research opportunities available for Year I medical students here in Michigan and outside of the state. For more information about research opportunities, please click here: Research
Students who are looking for employment may be able to be hired by as a Pro-sector in our Gross Anatomy Lab. Those selected as Pro-sectors will be eligible to be hired as Lab Guards for the Gross Anatomy course during the next academic year. The Gross Anatomy Course Director and Coordinator handle the hiring of Pro-Sectors and Lab Guards and will send information about applying for these positions via e-mail.
Last year, the AAMC OSR Committee on Diversity and Community started a spreadsheet for research grants and scholarship opportunities for medical students that they update on a monthly basis.