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Summer Program For Future Doctors

Purpose & Description

The Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive, challenging, educational summer program that allows participants to experience the pedagogical style and demands of the medical school curriculum. The program, which accepts approximately 20-25 participants, has two components. The non-matriculating program is aimed at premedical or undergraduate students. The matriculating program is geared toward medical students who have already been accepted to the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for the following fall semester.

The Summer Program for Future Doctors is a great opportunity for participants to strengthen their basic science knowledge base, enhance their critical thinking skills, gain a better understanding of the application and admissions process, and exhibit their abilities to successfully handle the academic, social, and emotional demands of medical school.

Participants receive grades for each course unless otherwise specified. An official ECU transcript is not issued. Upon written request of the participant, summative evaluations based on objective and subjective factors can be submitted to any medical school or other institution.

The Summer Program for Future Doctors (SPFD) includes:
  • A demanding academic medical curriculum with over 200 hours of Human Gross Anatomy, Histology, Biochemistry, Neuroanatomy and Physiology.
  • Opportunities through the Office of Clinical Skills and the Simulation Center to develop clinical skills and clinical reasoning.
  • Sessions focused upon enhancement of learning and study skills and strategies for increasing reading power. Academic counselors are available to help students become more effective and efficient learners.
  • Orientation to the community and social aspects of the health care environment with topics such as verbal and nonverbal communication, interviewing skills, medical ethics, moral reasoning, medicine and the law, and diversity.
  • Physician shadowing opportunities allowing students to witness medicine in action, observe procedures, and develop relationships with staff at clinical sites within the community and Brody School of Medicine clinics.
  • Sessions designed to enhance preparation for the admissions process including discussions of AMCAS and the application process, writing the personal statement and preparing for the admission interview. Mock interviews with feedback are provided.
Non-matriculating Program

The non-matriculating program for students committed to a career in medicine who have demonstrated academic potential. The non-matric program aims to improve the competitiveness of participants as future applicants to medical school.  The program is open to all qualified residents of North Carolina. Minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students, as well as students from medically underserved areas, are strongly encouraged to apply. The goals of the non-matriculating component of SPFD are:

  • To provide educational enrichment experiences for premedical students
  • To promote excellence in the areas of academic performance, study skills, and time management
  • To promote personal and professional development
  • To facilitate the medical school admissions process
  • To provide a strong academic science program focused upon courses presented in the first year of medical school
Matriculating Program

The matriculating program is for students who have been admitted to the Brody School of Medicine and would like to get early exposure to both the medical curriculum and also to the pace and intensity of the medical school environment. Matriculating students with non-science college degrees, students whose primary language is not English and students who have been out of school for a year or more find the program particularly useful.

2019 SPFD
applications open in
January 2019


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This project received support from the

 Golden LEAF