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JACK’s Scholars

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A mentor and research program to foster careers in pediatrics and neonatal medicine‌

JACK’s Summer Scholars Program has a rich history of providing students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentoring and research. Summer scholars have the opportunity to work with the neonatal team as they provide care and conduct research related to infant and maternal health. Specific emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of multidisciplinary hospital care and quality improvement systems research. The program also enables participants to explore medical career opportunities in pediatric subspecialties such as general surgery, anesthesiology, neurosurgery and infectious diseases.

The goals of JACK’s Summer Scholars Program are to:

  • Foster premedical and medical student interests in pediatric medicine careers.
  • Demonstrate the medical profession’s role in improving public health through exploration of various neonatal research and clinical care activities.
  • Use mentorship to educate scholars on the importance of a collaborative healthcare team environment in quality improvement and emphasize factors that are vital to developing medical professionalism.

Application and important dates

This Year's upcoming 2021 JACKS Summer Scholars Program will be accepting applications for the summer Program from rising VCU 3rd and 4th year Premed Undergraduate students and rising 2nd year VCU Medical Students beginning December 18th with deadline February 14th.

Program date: June 7, 2021 - July 23, 2021
Application submission dates: December 15, 2020 - February 1, 2021
Interviews: February 8, 2021
Jacks Scholar selection: March 5, 2021 - March 19, 2021

Download JACK's Scholars Application 2021
Download JACK's Scholars Brochure

*Please email completed application to

Karen Thompson-Weeks 
Scholar Coordinator
(804) 828-9964

Dr. Hendricks-Muñoz
JACK’S Summer Scholars Program Director

Graduate summer program

Medical students partner with a pre-medical undergraduate in a mentored basic or clinical research project in the division. Working as a team that is guided by faculty and fellow mentors, scholars learn the nuances of research design, analysis and presentation of final products including oral presentation formats and abstract development.

The scholars are exposed to a variety of shadowing experiences that will expose them to clinical activities in:

  • Neonatal intensive care
  • Surgical specialties including: general surgery and neurosurgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Hospital medicine
  • Out-patient primary care and normal newborn nursery care
  • Neonatal transport
  • Labor and delivery

Qualifications: Medical students at universities in good standing and have completed one year of medical school

Pre-medical summer program

This program offers the pre-medical student a mentored introduction to research, patient treatment and ethical issues in neonatology, as well as exposure to a wide spectrum of health care providers.

Students are paired with medical students on research activities.

Qualifications: Pre-med students at universities in good standing at any year will be accepted. Preference will be given to students who are entering their third and fourth-year.

Stipend: A fellowship stipend of $1,500 for medical students or $1,000 for undergraduates is awarded for an eight-week period. Housing is also provided. Students must pay their own travel expenses.

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