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High School and College Programs

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford offers programs for high school and undergraduate college students interested in learning more about career opportunities in health professions and biomedical sciences research.

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  • Summer Science Internship in Biomedical Sciences

    Five internship opportunities are available each summer to area high school students that allow students to work with leading scientists as part of a research team.

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  • STEM Camp in Biomedical Sciences

    This week-long summer day camp exposes area high school students age 16 and up to various aspects of biomedical sciences and research.

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  • Rural Health Careers Camp

    The Rural Health Careers Camp is a three-day, overnight educational program for high school students interested in the healthcare field. Students will participate in hands-on learning activities and labs that represent different healthcare careers and stay at an overnight facility to experience living on a college campus.

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  • Summer Medical Research Training (SMaRT) Program

    Students will complete a two-month intensive training program in medical research. During this training, the students are expected to gain significant hands-on experience in planning and successful execution of a medical research project, critically analyzing scientific data and presenting information to a group of judges.

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  • Rural Health Experience

    The Rural Health Experience (RHE) program is an innovative opportunity for health professions students to observe rural healthcare providers and their communities.

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  • Rural Interprofessional Preceptorship

    The Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship is a rural immersion program for health professions students. Offered in collaboration with the IL AHEC Network, it is a six-week, paid, full-time shadowing opportunity set in a rural Illinois community.

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  • AHEC Scholars Program

    Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a health profession in Illinois can apply for the new Illinois AHEC Scholars Program. This competitive, two-year cohort program supplements students’ education with job shadowing, career coaching, seminars and experiences in underserved areas. Participants also receive additional training on practice transformation, behavioral health, social determinants of health, cultural competency and interprofessional education and training.

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