MUSC’s summer pipeline programs offer unique opportunities for gifted high school or college students seeking to develop their STEM skills or pursue a career in medicine or a health-affiliated field.
College of Dental Medicine
AHEC Summer Health Careers Academy
In a collaborative effort with the South Carolina Area Health and Education Consortium (AHEC), the College of Dental Medicine participates in a one-week residential program to prepare underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for entry into the dental profession. These students participate in clinical and didactic sessions and complete a project at the conclusion of the week. Participants in this program are also educated on admission requirements, financial assistance resources, academic success skills, professionalism, and educational and professional opportunities.
E.E. Just SymposiumFebruary
The symposium provides a forum that encourages minority students to pursue careers in biomedical sciences and health professions. Every year, minority students interested in dental medicine attend the symposium and spend the day learning more about MUSC and the College of Dental Medicine. This includes an informational session about the admissions process as well as a tour of the dental college.
Dental PREP Program of the College of Dental Medicine
The PREP program offers promising students the opportunity to take several directed science courses at the College of Charleston while studying to retake the DAT exam. If the student maintains a 3.0 GPA and achieves the minimum requirements of the admissions committee for the DAT exam (varies each year), the student will matriculate to the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC the following June. Administration of the program requires weekly meetings with the student, review of all of their graded papers and exams, and coordination with the College of Charleston faculty, staff, and academic counseling as needed. This program is offered in conjunction with the College of Charleston.
College of Graduate Studies
Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)
A 10-week experience that offers undergraduate students the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, graduate students, and postdocs to acquire important research skills and techniques. Students in this program attend special educational seminars as well as social activities, and receive a stipend to help with summer living expenses.
College of Health Professions
Founded in 2017, COAST (Creating Opportunity & Academic Success for Tomorrow’s Therapists) promotes awareness of the physical therapy profession to underrepresented minority students, assists students applying to graduate physical therapy program, and provides mentoring and career exploration opportunities for interested students.
College of Medicine
AHEC Summer Careers Academy
This one-week residential program is jointly sponsored by the South Carolina Area Health and Education Consortium (AHEC) and the College of Medicine. Fifteen Academy Fellows take part in a week of clinical and didactic sessions on the campus of MUSC, a shadowing experience as well as a community service project.
June and July
The Summer Institute is a six-week program designed to help increase MCAT scores and provide professional development for aspiring medical school applicants. At the recommendation of the Admissions Committee, students are invited to apply for the program. Students who are accepted into the program take courses at MUSC administered by the Center for Academic Excellence. At the end of the program, students receive a certificate of completion. Along with the courses, opportunities to interact with health care providers and weekly seminars will be provided. Special topics include financial counseling, health disparities, wellness, writing personal statements, time management, and mock interviews.
College of Nursing
AHEC Summer Health Careers Academy
In a collaborative effort with the South Carolina Area Health and Education Consortium (AHEC), the College of Nursing participates in a one-week residential program to prepare ten underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students for entry into the nursing profession. These students participate in clinical and didactic sessions and complete a project related to a health disparity topic at the conclusion of the week. Participants in this program are also educated on admission requirements, financial assistance resources, academic success skills, professionalism and educational/professional opportunities.
College of Pharmacy
The MUSC College of Pharmacy PharmDamentals program is specifically designed to engage high school students interested in STEM or healthcare careers and provide a fundamental understanding of the pharmacy profession.
The one-day program introduces students to the many career options available in the pharmacy profession, engages students with nationally-recognized faculty — both clinicians and researchers — and teaches students how to prepare for the MUSC College of Pharmacy interview process.