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First-Year Medical Student Program

Join our program for students who have completed their first year of medical school.

The Medical Student First Year program within the Summer Experience is a ten-week research program for medical students who have completed their first year of medical school and are interested in biomedical research.

Who should apply?     Medical students who have completed their first year of medical school
Why the Medical Student First Year Program?Take part in investigative scientific research under the direction of MD Anderson faculty
When is the ten-week program?June 2 – August 7, 2015

Participants will learn about the investigative scientific research process, and will work with MD Anderson faculty five days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation. Students also will be introduced to the clinical problems presented by cancer patients.

Student projects are submitted by MD Anderson faculty mentors and will reflect the ongoing research efforts of the institution's clinics and laboratories. Individuals selected for the program will actively participate in both the technical aspects of their projects and the interpretation of experimental data. At the end of their summer experience, students will submit their research data in journal article format. Program trainees will be afforded the opportunity to acquire research skills and, through participation in institutional seminars and lectures, receive information that will be valuable in assessing their career goals related to research and patient care in oncology.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the program, students must have successfully completed their first year of medical school by May 2015, and should demonstrate an interest in an aptitude for scientific investigation. 


Participants in the program receive a stipend of $5,000 for the complete 10-week period. The stipend is not a salary; it is meant solely to subsidize students so that they may participate in the program.


Housing accommodation for students will rest with each students. Click this link for information.

Important Notes

This is a 10-week program. If you are not available for the entire duration, then please do not apply. No partial participation will be allowed. 

FAQ: What documents are required with application?

Once you have uploaded all the required document to your application account, your application is complete. There is no submit button.

Application closes at midnight January 16, 2015. After that all incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Online Application

Applications for Summer 2015 will be accepted December 1, 2014 through January 16, 2015. 


MD Anderson Program Dates

Acceptance Notification Deadline 
Early March 2015 

Documentation Due 
April 27, 2015 

Appointment Letter will be sent 
May 11, 2015 

Online Onboarding Complete 
May 30, 2015 

Summer Experience Check-In 
June 2, 2015 

Summer Experience ends
Aug. 7, 2015

MD Anderson Event Dates

Welcome Reception
June 5, 2015

Poster Session/ Elevator Speech Comp
August 7, 2015


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