In 1993, the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program became the first MD-PhD Program in the country to establish a summer program for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college students who wish to pursue the combined MD-PhD degree. While we've "trained" other MD-PhD Programs over the years in running such a successful summer program, to this day, we are the only such program which focuses on freshman and sophomore college students.
The Gateways to the Laboratory Program is highlighted by the NIH as one of the top ten summer programs for underrepresented and disadvantaged students.
Every year, 15 students embark on a 10 week intensive journey of learning about the challenging and gratifying road of becoming a physician-scientist. Over the summer, students will:
- Work independently on a research project at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Rockefeller University or Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all located across the street from each other on the Upper East Side of New York City.
- Present and participate in weekly journal clubs.
- Participate in a hands-on tour of the Gross Anatomy Lab.
- Sit for a Mock MCAT exam.
- Partake in a Lab Techniques Workshop and Clinical Skills Workshop.
- Participate in Career Development Workshops (Presentation Workshop and Interview Skills Workshop).
- Scrub into surgeries at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
- Give an oral, written and poster presentation of your research in front of your family, friends and colleagues.
- Have on going mentorship by your "Big Sib" (a current MD-PhD student) as well as weekly meetings with the Program's leadership.