Who can apply to the program?
Medical Explorations welcomes applicants who are at least 18 years of age on or before the program start date, graduated from high school, and currently enrolled in college with a college GPA of 3.5 or higher. Dual-enrolled high school students are not eligible to apply. If you are enrolled in high school at time of application, please contact Jody Huffaker.
Is there a cost to apply?
There is no cost to apply.
What are the minimum requirements to apply?
Students must be at least 18 years of age on or before the program start date, graduated high school, and currently enrolled in college with a college GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must complete and submit all application documents by the stated deadline.
How many students do you accept?
Depending on physician availability, we can accept anywhere from 20-25 students.
How long is the program?
The program lasts 3 weeks. Each week is spent with one physician. Students are also expected to attend two weekly meetings: one to de-brief students on their previous week in shadowing and provide lectures from medical professionals. The second meeting is strictly dedicated to medical ethics.
Are students permitted to miss any time?
Because of the duration and commitment this program entails, we ask students complete all three weeks with no absence, barring medical and family emergencies.
What kind of exposure can I expect when shadowing a physician?
Although students are strictly observing there are a variety of uncomfortable environments in which a student may be exposed to nudity, foul language, contagious diseases, and death. We encourage students to keep these environments in mind when applying.
Are there accommodations for students who participate such as scrubs, housing, meals, and lockers?
Housing, meals and lockers are not provided to students, with exception to the end-of-program lunch. There will be time for meals but the student must provide their own or purchase one from the hospital cafeteria. Scrubs are provided to students shadowing the Operating Room and must be returned at the end of the day. Lab coats are provided to every student and are to be returned at the end of the program.
What should I wear while shadowing physicians?
Students are required to dress appropriately for the sake of hygiene, safety, and professionalism. Female participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes such as flats or tennis shoes, business casual shirts, dresses that are past the knee or business casual pants. Male participants are required to wear business casual shirts, business casual pants, and closed-toe shoes. Jeans, sandals, spaghetti strap tops and skirts above the knee are prohibited. You will be asked to change should your attire conflict with your shadowing experience.
Students are expected to be professional and mindful of confidentiality practices within the medical community. All students shadowing in the OR, clinics, and patient care areas are prohibited from using cell phones to take photos.
"Not only was the program informative and exciting, but all the mentors were outstanding!"
"I've learned more than I can express. This program has helped shape my career plans."
"The clinical experience gained through the rotations was unmatched by any other program I have participated."
"Nothing is ever the same in emergency medicine and I never knew it could be so exciting."
"Seeing a baby being born was pretty amazing, but I didn't realize how much about childbirth is still a mystery."
If you are interested in supporting the Medical Explorations Program through a donation, please contact us via email, by phone at 865-305-6785, or visit the Donate Now website. Your support will ensure the Medical Explorations Program is available for all students wishing to learn more about a career in healthcare.
The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37920 | 865-305-9290
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