[Deadline extended!] The PASS (Pipeline for Aspiring Surgical Students) Program provides summer internships with the MUSC Department of Surgery.
The Opportunity: The PASS Program provides up to three Honors interns with an immersive 10-week summer experience focused on laboratory and clinical research and designed to prepare students for a career in academic medicine, all under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty.
Great Fit For: Aspiring surgeons / Future medical scientists / those thinking about pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MS and looking to bolster their application credentials
- Previous program participants have gone on to win multiple awards at MUSC Research Day, interned with NIH, published research, and been accepted to med school.
Get Funded: Students accepted into the PASS Program also participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, which includes funding of up to $4000 to support their PASS internship.
How to Apply: Read below for more details, then submit your application online by Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST.
PASS interns will spend 10 weeks immersed in laboratory and clinical research, all under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty members. Potential opportunities for research include…
- Transplant Immunology and Surgical outcomes, specifically focused on developing novel technologies and therapies to promote organ tolerance in transplantation in the Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Laboratory or outcomes research in the Transplant Clinical Research Core
- Regenerative medicine, specifically relating to biomedical implants, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and 3D printing and visualization
- Surgical Oncology research, both clinical and basic research investigating mechanisms behind cancer development and prevention and/or outcomes of therapeutics in patients
- Cardiovascular research, focusing on basic mechanisms preventing cardiovascular disease and correlating clinical outcomes research
- Clinical outcomes research within the Surgical Outcomes and Innovation Network at MUSC Dept. of Surgery (SORIN) and in GI surgery and general surgery within the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Patient population
- Commit to working full-time (40 hours/week) for 10-weeks (exact dates will be determined based on the lab you work with)
- Apply for and participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, including pre- and post-summer workshops and cohort activities
- Present at the annual Perry V. Halushka Research Day in November ‘23
PASS Interns will participate simultaneously in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, which will provide them with a stipend for living expenses up to $4000 (participation in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program is required of all PASS interns).
Who Should Apply:
This opportunity is ideal for aspiring medical scientists considering a career in academic medicine (not just in surgical fields). For those thinking about pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MS, this is a great chance to gain practical experience and bolster your application credentials.
To be considered, applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior currently in good standing within the Honors College.
1.) Apply to the PASS Program by Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m. EST
Applications are to be completed using the PASS Program application portal online. To complete your application you will be asked to…
- Upload an up-to-date professional resume or CV
- Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript
- Write a statement of intent (500 words). Statement should discuss academic and career goals and explain, in specific and persuasive terms, the importance of the knowledge and skill gained from participation in the PASS program to academic and career development. Prior research experience should also be discussed. Note: If the student is intending to enroll in summer courses or be employed, he/she must describe how course work, employment and any other commitments will be balanced with the PASS program expectations. Students are not permitted to enroll in more than one course during the project period.
2.) Finalists for the PASS Program will be asked to submit a formal application to the Honors Summer Enrichment Program by March 31. Students who participate in the PASS program must also participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program. Details about that application can be found here.
Questions about the application process? Contact Honors@cofc.edu.