Use Your Summer Wisely!

By: Dr. Lynne Holden, MD

In order to reach my goal of becoming a doctor, I attended five summer pathway programs starting the summer of 11th grade throughout college. I spent time in New Orleans, New York, Boston, Bethesda and Pittsburgh at no cost. I made lifelong friends who are now leaders throughout the country. I learned about subjects covered in medical school and on the medical college admissions test (MCAT). Most importantly, I gained valuable experience in research and clinical shadowing. In fact, I met one of my mentors, Dr. Deborah Prothrow- Stith the summer of 1983. I was assigned to shadow her in a Boston Clinic. Fast forward, she is a Professor of Medicine and the founding dean of Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California! What an accomplishment!

Avoid the brain drain that occurs during the summer! I encourage each of you to explore summer programs to expand your network and to gain valuable medically-related experience such as research and shadowing. Oftentimes, the programs are available at low cost, free or may pay you a stipend. You may be provided with transportation, housing and meals.

The application deadlines are usually in mid-February so check the links from the Association of American Medical Colleges below today! For more information, please review the following carefully,

Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith

Professor, Internal Medicine

Founding Dean, Charles R. Drew School of Medicine and Science

Los Angeles, CA