Preliminary Preparation: Summer Options


During the summers after Med-1 and Med-2, we do encourage you to take some time off. Medical school is demanding, and you will do better when you are refreshed. If you wish to pursue something more formal during that time, in addition to research (discussed previously), the following are just a few examples of what you might consider:

IFMSA Exchange  – pre-clinical and clinical international exchange program; watch for information in the Murmur and on your class listserv during the year

Rural Quebec Medical Program  – paid summer jobs and internships en région

ICM Elective (summer after Med-2) – clinical elective that can be carried out in any medical setting of your choice (domestic or international), as long as you find a supervisor willing to take you on; see the electives website for details and procedures

NOTE: ICM electives can count towards your required 20 elective weeks – contact for details

International Health Opportunities – listing of opportunities and organizations compiled by members of the University of Massachusetts Medical School; doing an internet search for "international health volunteer" can also yield interesting options


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