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First-Year Medical Student Program

The 1st Year Medical Student program within the Summer Experience is a 10-week research program specifically designed for medical students who have completed their first year of medical school and are interested in biomedical research.

The 10-week program will include:

  • investigative scientific research under the direction of MD Anderson faculty
  • hospital tour
  • shadowing physicians on rounds and observe in clinics and OR
  • separate lecture series specifically tailored for medical students
  • end-of-program presentation

Program Dates and Work Schedule

The 2015 program is scheduled from June 2-August 7, 2015.

Participants will work with MD Anderson faculty five days a week, normally from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; exact work schedule is subject to individual mentors. 

Who is Eligible to Apply

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 scientific investigation.

What will students Learn

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.

Mentor Matching

Students should state in their Personal Statement which discipline or department they are interested in. The program has its own pool of mentors and every effort will be made to match students with their interests. However, students should note that this might not always be possible.


Participants in the program will 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 student. Learn more about available housing options in our resource guide


Please Note:

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. No exceptions.

This program is unable to accept international students due to the different scoring standards.

Application closes at midnight CST on January 16, 2015. After that, all incomplete applications will be purged.

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Online Application

Applications for Summer 2015 programs will be accepted from December 1, 2014 through midnight CST on 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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