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East Carolina University - Summer Program for Future Doctors


Category: Summer
Type: Clinical
Location: Greenville North Carolina
Deadline: Early March


Academic Support & Enrichment Center
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University
2N-64 Brody Medicial Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4354

(252) 744-2500


Eligible applicants for the Summer Program for Future Doctors includes pre-medical applicants with a desire to attend medical school. Students motivated to pursue a career in medicine or looking to improve their chances of acceptance to medical school. College juniors, seniors, or post graduates. Permanent resident of North Carolina and United States Citizens. Students who have satisfactorily completed introductory level courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry. Students with evidence of community service and volunteering. Students with a cumulative GPA that demonstrates potential for academic success. (2.75 or higher is strongly recommended.) Students with reasonable standardized testing success. (SAT, GRE, ACT, MCAT, please note standardized tests are not required for eligibility.) SPFD is a mission based program with priority given to minority, disadvantaged, financially challenged and non-traditional students. While this is the program mission, it is not a requirement for admission. SPFD supports the development of a diverse physician workforce.


Summer Program for Future Doctors offers an academic curriculum of medical studies that includes cardiovascular sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, learning skills, and introduction to the medical environment. The program exposes students to the style, format and content of the MCAT. Students receive learning opportunities to witness medicine in action, observe procedures and develop relationships with staff at primary care sites within the community.

Each Summer, the Brody School of Medicine provides students who want to pursue a career in medicine the opportunity to apply and participate in the Summer Program for Future Doctors. The Summer Program for Future Doctors starts the Tuesday after Memorial Day Weekend and runs through the end of July. The Summer Program for Future Doctors is an intensive, challenging, educational summer program that simulates the pedagogical style and demands of medical school. The program is sponsored by the Dean of the Brody School of Medicine and East Carolina University.

Brody accepts approximately 30 participants each summer for the 8-week program that demonstrates the pedagogical styles and demands of medical school. A collaborative group of Brody faculty and current medical students donate their time for lectures and lab demonstrations. The Office of Admissions provides sessions to help students with their questions about medical school applications and supports practice medical school interview sessions. Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) provides a clinical skills seminar where students meet trained standardized patients and work collaboratively with Brody staff to determine the patient's diagnosis. The Office of Student Development and Counseling (OSDAC) administers the Myers Briggs assessment and Nelson Denny Test and reviews the results with the entire SPFD students to enhance their understanding of their personal learning styles. Along with many other offices and student support programs at ECU, multiple Brody and Vidant Clinics offer shadowing time with clinicians where SPFD students get to follow Doctors and Residents in a clinic setting.