The curriculum includes the following components:
1. Mentorship in a Research Project: The student's primary focus will be working with a mentor who will include in their current research projects.
The faculty mentor will provide guidance on best practices for research, design, and methodology.
2. Research Skill Building: Students will attend workshops on research process, scientific manuscript writing, presentation skills, poster design, laboratory safety and other relevant topics.
3. Medical Enrichment: Students will be exposed to how basic sciences and clinical medicine are practiced at enrichment activities include microbiology, pathology, and radiology lab tours; epidemiology lectures; conversations with basic sciences and clinical faculty; patient experience and hospital environment; etc.
4. Professional Development and Cultural Enrichment Workshops: A variety of workshops will be imparted to meet the students or professionals development needs. These workshops include English writing, career guidance, working in groups, library resources, CV and personal statement writing, culture, stereotypes, and biases, professionalism, etc.
5. Evaluation: All students will be evaluated on their attendance, participation, and performance throughout the program. They will also be asked to provide feedback on the overall program and their experiences. Letters of Completion will be granted at the end of the summer to students or professionals who successfully complete the program.
6. Social Activities: Outside of the classroom, the group will be encouraged to explore and take advantage of the vibrancy and significance of our location and campus environment. Students can participate in cultural and recreational activities across campus and Washington, D.C. including the White House, Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, government agencies (e.g. Library of Congress, Supreme Court), historical monuments and international organization headquarters (e.g. World Bank), and sporting events (e.g. Washington Nationals Baseball).