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JACK’s summer scholars

JACK’s summer scholars for neonatal medicine students

A mentorship program to foster careers in pediatrics and neonatal medicine

JACKS scholars neonatal medicine at VCU HealthJACK’s Summer Scholars Program has a rich history of providing students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentorship and research.

Scholars develop an understanding of multidisciplinary hospital care and quality improvement systems research. The program also enables participants to explore medical career opportunities in pediatric subspecialties such as general surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery and infectious diseases.

The program is funded by the Jack Cary Eichenbaum Fund, which was created in 2004 in honor of baby Jack, who was born too soon.

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Program goals

  • Foster premedical and medical student interests in pediatric medicine careers
  • Demonstrate the medical profession’s role in improving public health through exploration of various neonatal research and clinical care activities
  • Use mentorship to educate scholars on the importance of a collaborative health care team environment in quality improvement and emphasize factors that are vital to developing medical professionalism 

Medical students partner with a premedical undergraduate in a mentored basic or clinical research project in the division. Working as a team that is guided by faculty and fellow mentors, scholars learn the nuances of research design, analysis and presentation of final products including oral presentation formats and abstract development.

neonatal medicine JACKs scholarsThe scholars are exposed to a broad range of clinical activities, including:

How to apply

JACK’s Summer Scholars Program candidates are selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. We encourage all levels of university students in good academic standing to apply, but we give preference to rising third- and fourth-year premedical students and rising second-year medical students.  

Students receive a fellowship stipend ($1,200 for medical students and $800 for premedical students) and local housing for the duration of the program.

Program duration: June 10 – July 26, 2024

Application submission dates: December 1, 2023 – January 29, 2024

Interviews: February 6 – 24, 2024

JACK's Scholar selection: March 13 – 27, 2024

Complete an application and email it to:

Karen Thompson-Weeks
Jack's Summer Scholars Coordinator

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