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Mentoring in Medicine program accepting applicants

December 31, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Mentoring in Medicine program is accepting applicants for the annual 10-week summer program, now in its 16th year.

Mentoring in Medicine is designed to give area college students planning on a career as a physician, the opportunity to shadow physicians at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in departments such as radiology, obstetrics, orthopedics and ER / trauma. Students also have the opportunity to select a department of their choice to shadow for two weeks. Pathology, oncology and neurosurgery are some top choices.

“We are pleased to once again offer this great opportunity to students in our region,” said Dr. Richard Schroeder, an orthopedic surgeon who co-founded the program with his wife Diana Schroeder who serves as program coordinator. “Mentoring in Medicine allows students who are considering a career in medicine a firsthand look at a career as a physician. It also helps them begin to sort out what specialties interest them the most.”

Dr. Schroeder was involved in a similar program as a medical student in Illinois which helped foster his interest in orthopedics.

Since its inception, more than 157 students have participated in the Mentoring in Medicine program; the majority of them (about 85 percent) have gone on to medical school. Several physicians from the program have returned to Conemaugh Memorial after medical school to complete their residency training. Mentoring in Medicine is underwritten by a stipend from the Conemaugh Health System, so premed students earn an income for the summer.

“The Mentoring in Medicine program allowed me to experience many of the medical specialities as a pre-med student that most students don’t exposure to until their third or fourth years of medical school,” said Dr. Alex Pozun, emergency medicine physician at Conemaugh Memorial. “It’s during this program that I found my passion for Emergency Medicine.”

Dr. Pozun participated in the Mentoring in Medicine program in 2010 and was a student coordinator in 2011.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without this program. Through this program I had mentors who helped me reach my goal of becoming a physician including all the steps of applying for medical school, writing a personal statement, interviewing, and networking with many individuals who played a role in my medical career. I highly recommend the program to anyone considering going to medical school.”

The application process to become an intern is rigorous. It is only open to college and medical school students.

“There are eight spots open for college and/or medical students,” said Diana Schroeder, Mentoring in Medicine program coordinator. “Each student must be a rising junior or senior in college with a focus in pre-med, or must be a first year medical student and have taken four out of the five required courses which are pre-med, calculus, biology, organic and/or inorganic chemistry and physics. Another requirement is that the participants be from Cambria or surrounding counties.”

To apply for the program or for questions, contact Diana Schroeder via email at dschroed@pitt.edu or 814-255-4170. Applications are due Feb. 15.

To learn more about Conemaugh Health System, visit Conemaugh.org.

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