Qualified students may participate in the academic development of their peers in several ways.
Rising second-year students may apply to become a teacher for the Prematriculation Summer Program (PSP). The three-week PSP program provides select incoming students with the opportunity to preview the medical school format and content in a no-stakes environment. PSP teachers gain experience in lesson planning, delivering lectures, leading lab and small group learning experiences, preparing, and administering exams, supporting students, and collaborating with fellow teachers, faculty, and staff. The unique experience is a first-hand look into careers in academic medicine.
Students in their second year and beyond may support the academic development of other students as tutors, a Federal Work Study paid position. Tutors lead information sessions before exams, serve on panels for information about USMLE exams, and host office hours to support students in content areas and study strategies in one-on-one or group sessions. This opportunity for tutors to give back to their peers also provides the tutors with the opportunity to review material and to gain experience in academic medicine.