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Programs for Undergraduate Students

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, one of the largest medical centers in New York State, is committed to recruiting and educating talented, disadvantaged students. The College of Medicine's Office of Diversity Education & Research offers a unique opportunity for students to explore the sciences and become acquainted with healthcare professions. Through these programs, our mission is to encourage students to consider a rewarding career in the medicine or research.

Exploring Health Careers (EHC) Program

Applications due April 2, 2018

The Exploring Health Careers (EHC) Program is an initiative designed to expose SUNY undergraduate students who are in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) to various health professions.  Over the course of one 6-week summer session, students will be introduced to related course work for targeted health professions.  Students will also participate in workshops, presentations and hands-on learning in clinics at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and affiliated sites.  Please submit all supplemental documents via e-mail to  Applications are available here

Exploring Health Careers

The program is open to all qualified SUNY EOP students, but preference is given to rising sophomores and juniors.

Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Applications due March 1, 2018

The Undergraduate Summer Research Program is designed for undergraduate students who have historically been underrepresented in biomedical and health professions. Students will conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Assignments will be made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty sponsors and student participants. Oral presentations are made at the conclusion of the summer.

Summer Research Program

The program is open to all qualified sophomores and juniors, but it is preferred that students show strong academic promise and come from a background that has in the past denied them opportunities in field of biomedical research.

Please submit all applications via e-mail to  Applications are available here

Early Medical Education (EME) Program: Medicine Track

Applications are not being accepted at this time

An initiative to increase the competitiveness of undergraduate pre-medical students, early in their college career. The program is designed to provide medical science lectures and academic support. All of the lectures include a case-based learning approach.

Hands on class

Read about 2 of our EME program participant success stories below:

Emma Wallace


Maurice Selby


 In addition, students will learn time & stress management skills and will have an opportunity for hands-on exposure to medical/ research disciplines through shadowing experiences with clinicians, allied health professionals and research mentors.

Sophomores and eligible juniors only attending one of the following schools:

  • CUNY: Brooklyn College, City College,
  • Hunter College,
  • Lehman,
  • Medgar Evers, Queens, York
  • SUNY: Stony Brook