Summer Physician Mentor Program

Program Overview

The primary goal of this program is to allow sophomore and junior pre-medical students to experience the realities of medicine and to provide students an opportunity to interact with alumni physician practitioners. Students are matched with Harpur alumni physicians for a shadowing experience over summer break. Mentor sites are available in the New York Metro area.

IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19 restrictions in healthcare institutions, we are only able to offer this program in 2021 to some students selected from the summer 2020 cohort. There are no additional placements available for new applicants in summer 2021. We look forward to accepting new applications in January 2022.

Information for students

  • What to expect

    Students and mentors meet a minimum of 3 to 5 times for at least one half day per visit. The program is structured to ensure the opportunity for success by providing flexibility to meet the needs of each mentor/mentee.  Student participants are required to attend an orientation prior to the externship. Each mentor/mentee establish goals and plan logistics for their shadowing experience. 

    Meetings are held at the mentor’s office and/or affiliated hospital. Students observe all the ‘typical’ daily activities including patient exams, surgeries, paperwork, phone calls, meetings, etc.  Mentors may also arrange for students to shadow fellow practitioners in other specialties to broaden the student’s experience. If accepted into the program, students have the option to participate in a supplemental radiology rotation program.  Students meet three times with an attending radiologist and is in addition to the required visits with the assigned physician.  

    Students are required to journal reflections about their experiences.  Students must submit their journal and complete a program evaluation at the conclusion of the experience.

    Students receive a certificate of completion and a $50 travel voucher for successfully fulfilling all the program requirements. Participation in this program is also noted by Dr. W. Thomas Langhorne, Director of Pre-Health Services, on the student’s medical school evaluation. 

  • Prerequisites
    • Must be a full time Harpur College pre-med rising junior or rising senior
    • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
    • Must be in good academic and judicial standing at Binghamton University
  • How to apply
    • Submit the Google form, including upload of 1 page personal statement and professional resume. Click HERE to access the form. (Please note: you must be logged in to your account to access the form.)
    • Send link to the student recommendation (Google) form to one faculty or staff member at Binghamton University and request completion by the due date. The recommender cannot be an undergraduate student. Click HERE to access the form.
    • All application materials are due by end of day February 26, 2020.
    • All application documents (online application and recommendation form) must be received on or before the deadline in order for the application to be considered.
    • Selected students are matched with a physician based on interests and availability, as well as geographical proximity.
    • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 27, 2020.
  • Additional Information
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
    • Students will not receive academic credit or pay.
    • To apply for additional financial support to participate, complete the Harpur Edge Support Fund application AFTER you are accepted to the program.
    • Students who wish to participate in this program and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program

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