The Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how one pursues a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The summer fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician's daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the summer program receive counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package. The Traveler's Summer Research Fellowship Program is directed by Dr. Carlyle H. Miller, who is the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs. Dr. Miller has been a member of the Medical College faculty since 1980 and is an active member of the Admissions Committee.
The program is designed for declared premed students who preferably have already taken biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Preference is given to students with a grade point average of B or above. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent resident visa. Applicant must also be a at least a junior and have an interest in working with underserved populations.