Applying to the Hippocrates Fellowship Program
Pre-medical Leadership Program
In addition to pursuing rigorous pre-medical training in the freshman year and the summer following it, Hippocrates Fellows serve as ambassadors for the Office of Medical and Health Programs, both on and off campus. For students with career goals in medicine, the designation as a Hippocrates Fellow brings with it a mark of distinction and special opportunities to ensure a strong start to the pre-medical experience at Sewanee during the freshman year and continued success beyond. Benefits of the program include:
- Placement in required pre-health courses during the freshman year
- Fully funded curricular, internship, and leadership experience during the summer after freshman year
- Enhanced placement to ACE medical internships in the summer after sophomore year
- Additional close advising from faculty, peers, and alumni
- Personal development and mentorship opportunities at Sewanee and beyond
The first Hippocrates Fellows are off to a great start at Sewanee. Through weekly meetings we have begun to explore leadership concepts of knowing oneself and how to build successful habits and strategies to reach and set goals. We will continue to examine how to practice leadership as a skill to be developed throughout their time at Sewanee. In the spring we will delve into applying these skills in a broader context on campus and beyond in the medical realm.
The Hippocrates Fellowship program has helped me obtain a stronger sense of myself and my abilities to become a leader not just in the field of medicine, but throughout the campus as well. It has also helped me understand the dynamics of working with a diverse group, such as the other members of the program, and how that can be applied in future occupations. I have enjoyed working with the other fellows and Dr. Summers immensely during my time here at Sewanee
I've found the Hippocrates Fellows group to be both insightful in the meetings that we have, but also helpful outside of the hour a week we spend together. Being a part of this group immediately gives you peers that have the same interests and ambitions that we are able to discuss collectively in the meetings. Led by Dr. Summers, we are able to visualize our goals but also find steps necessary to reach them. In classes like introductory Biology and Chemistry, Hippocrates Fellow members are going to be in the same class which gives you an immediate study group to go over coursework with. This group along with Dr. Summers have helped in acclimating to Sewanee as we go over the importance of leadership in medical practices, finding our own strengths and weaknesses individually and in group settings, and being given a support system to make the most out of your college experience.
The Hippocrates Fellowship has played an integral role in my short time in Sewanee — serving to both nurture and scaffold as I define my place here on The Mountain. I have found the weekly Sunday meetings to serve as an hour-long retreat; grounding and rejuvenating as I prepare myself for a busy week of challenging courses and extracurricular programming. The conversations Dr. Summers facilitates allow me to zoom out, bringing the larger goal I am working to accomplish into clear view. I have particularly enjoyed the focus on soft skills that are non-specific to medicine, such as emotional intelligence, goal setting, and stress management. We explore a broad range of ideas that I am sure are poising us for worldly success in our respective medical interests. Aside from the wonderful work of Dr. Summers, the fellowship immediately provides me with four peers who I can rely on for academic camaraderie. I appreciate having a group of students who have a common goal but diverse non-academic interests. I look forward to the fruits of this program, even as my role in it evolves through the duration of my undergraduate career.
The Hippocrates Fellows program has given me the opportunity to discuss and develop new perspectives about the world of medicine and all that it encompasses. It has created a great sense of camaraderie between pre-med students and has been such an enlightening experience thus far. Dr. Summers is an incredible resource and does an excellent job directing us and opening our view to new ways to think about the processes involved in the medicine we see every day. I highly recommend the program for any motivated student interested in medicine with a passion for discussion and new perspectives.