The mission of the Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program (SMDEP) can be divided into two major concepts. While the first is to increase the acceptance rates of medical school applicants from racial and ethnic minority groups who were underrepresented in medicine, the second one is to include pre-dental students who face challenges similar to those of pre-medical students. In order to accomplish this mission, the program focuses on rising sophomores and juniors because it is at this stage that students who are passionate about something get the most benefits.
During this medical internship at Columbia University NY, I was also fortunate to engage in intense science coursework, laboratory (Histopathology), learning-skills, and career development courses while attending seminars about different aspects of medicine and medical admission. The most enjoyable aspect of my internship was being able to Shadow different physicians in the clinics of the internal medicine, pediatrics, and otolaringology (ENT) departments. Furthermore, I never really thought that I will ever attend a medical school fair; but I did it through this internship. The connections that I made at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons have given me the hope that I can achieve my goals.
I sincerely wish that every single pre-medical student in the nation could have the opportunity to be in SMDEP, but yet I am afraid that they would not all make it to the top 6% of applicants. After being in this intense program for a total of six weeks, I have learned a lot about the fields of medicine, networking, and how to plan/manage my time as I prepare myself to take the MCAT. As I move on to other things in the future, I hope to use these skills to build connections that will be very useful for my future endeavors.
Fridien Nana Tchoukoua C'17