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Summer Enrichment Opportunities

A variety of summer enrichment opportunities are available to Medical College of Wisconsin medical students during the summer between their M1 and M2 academic years. These programs are not part of the required academic curriculum, and participation is completely optional. Most summer enrichments provide a limited number of funded positions in targeted topic areas, awarded on a competitive basis. Some opportunities may be extended (unpaid) into the academic year as Scholarly Pathways projects. Click on the website links or email the program contacts for details. This page is also available as a printable document.


Medical Student Summer Research Program – Director: David R. Harder, PhD
Students participate full-time for 8-12 weeks (full-time) in hypothesis-driven research studies mentored by MCW faculty. The fellowships are supported by several federal grants and various other resources. Projects must align with the funding to be competitive. Application Deadline: Letter of Intent-December 20; Application-February 1. Contact: Seema B. Sernovitz, MSEd, Program Manager,

Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship
One candidate from each medical school can apply for a minimum of 8-10 weeks of training in clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology or social science/health services research. MD/PhD candidates are not eligible. Application Deadline: December 31.
MCW Contact: James Sebastian, MD, AOA Counselor


Foundation for Anesthesiology Education and Research-FAER
Research Area: Anesthesiology. Deadline: December 15. MCW contact: Judy Kersten, MD (
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
Student Scholar Grants support 10 to 52 weeks of continuous, full-time research under a nephrology mentor. Application Deadline: March 1.
Contact: Evelyn Shapiro, or (202) 416-0673.
American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP). 8-12 week experience working in the lab of an ASH member. Participants will present their findings at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology event at the ASH annual meeting in December. Students will remain involved with ASH and are assigned a career development mentor for the rest of their time in medical school and residency. Applications due March 10, 2014


American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) MSTAR Program   Summer research training for medical students considering careers in academic geriatrics. Application Deadline: January 31. MCW Contact: Ed Duthie, MD, Professor and Chief of Geriatric Medicine,
Glenn/AFAR Scholarships in the Biology of Aging  3-6 month research scholarships focuses on biomedical research in aging.  Application Deadline: January 15.


Elsa B. & Roger D. Cohen, MDs Summer Fellowship in Medical Education- Director: Karen J. Marcdante, MD   Students work with MCW educators in the areas of curriculum development, teaching and assessment, learner assessment or emerging educational technologies. 1-2 slots. 8-12 weeks. Application Deadline: February 1. Contact: Dr. Karen Marcdante, 
Medical Student Mentor for the Apprenticeship in Medicine High School Program (AIM) Director: Dawn S. Bragg, PhD
AIM mentors supervise daily curriculum and activities of diverse high school students with the goal of encouraging their interests in medical and health science careers. Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays for 8 weeks beginning in mid-June. Application Deadline: End of February
Contact: Jean Davis-Mallett, MBA, Program Coordinator III,
Department of Family and Community Educational Fellowship
Contact:  Leslie Patterson, Program Coordinator III,


AHEC CHIP Program  Application Deadline: February 25.
Gold Foundation Summer Fellowship  Community health research or service projects addressing cultural competency, relationship-centered health-care and public health needs of underserved populations. 10 weeks. Stipend is $4,000. Application Deadline: March 15
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation (WMSF) Student Fellowships  Students can be paired with faculty and projects at their schools or be matched with WMSF summer projects across the state. Application Deadline: February 1.
Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research – Director: Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH 10-week hands-on experiences addressing global health disparities locally in Milwaukee and internationally. Students are paired with faculty members who have approved global health research and in-country partners. 6 slots. $3,500 stipend. Application Deadline: January 20.
Contact: Tifany Frazer, Program Manager,
Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) Summer Externship.  Student will work in multiple settings – rotating between the WAFP/Foundation office and a clinical setting with a family physician preceptor. Students will have experience in patient care, leadership development, workforce development, advocacy and philanthropic activities. Students will attend the National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City August 7 – 9, 2014.  8 weeks. $3200 stipend. 


Medical Student Summer Quality Improvement Program (MSSQIP) – Director, Geoffrey C. Lamb, M.D. Projects focus on quality improvement initiatives or studies in adult medicine. The preceptor must be a Medical College Physicians (MCP) member; projects must benefit Froedtert Hospital and affiliated practices. Assistance is available to identify preceptors and projects. 5 slots. 10 week program. $4,500 stipend. Application Deadline: February 1st. Contact: Geoffrey C. Lamb, M.D.,

Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office, Suite M3215.

General Inquiries

Pathways Team Lead
Physician Scientist

  Clinical & Translational Research
  Molecular & Cellular Research
Meaghan Hayes, MEd

Global Health,
Health Systems Management & Policy

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Clinician Educator,
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Jen Kraus