Summer Student Pre-Med & Research Programs

Intro | Close Supervision | Projects & Presentations | Announcement | Award | Application

The Summer Student Pre-Med and Research Program offers a unique clinical research opportunity for 3rd year college students pursuing careers in medicine.

The program is designed exclusively for pre-medical students (who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents) completing their junior year in college. It offers the student an introduction to research methodology, patient treatment, and ethical issues in medicine as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of health care providers within a large community teaching hospital.

Program Dates: June 5 through August 11, 2023

A condition of employment, all Hartford HealthCare colleagues must receive all required immunizations, including, but not limited to, a COVID-19 vaccination and an annual influenza vaccination unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption by Hartford HealthCare.

2023 Summer Student Pre-Med & Research Program Flyer

Close Supervision

The Medical Staff supports the Program through financial contributions for the program expenses. As regulatory requirements have expanded for conducting clinical research studies the Research Administration Department has joined in providing oversight of the pre-med and research program.

Research investigations are conducted under the guidance of full-time physicians in the Departments of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine (including the Divisions of Ambulatory Care, Cardiology, Epidemiology and Infectious Disease), Neurosurgery/Neurosurgery Critical Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology and Surgery (Transplantation and Vascular Surgery), Fetal Maternal Medicine, Urology, Surgery (Trauma, Transplantation and Vascular) and Respiratory Care.

Projects and Presentations

Students selected for the Program engage in an assigned clinically-related investigative project within a department division. At the conclusion of the ten-week period, each student will complete a poster presentation summary of the investigation.

Two students each week share in the development and organization of one seminar which may include recruitment of local resource speakers. These weekly seminars afford an opportunity to evaluate physician/hospital related social, ethical, legal and economic issues and to provide a general introduction to the physician’s role in relation to the patient, hospital and community.

Each student is given the opportunity to observe ambulatory and inpatient diagnosis and treatment procedures in a variety of specialty settings, to be exposed to different physician specialist role models and to interact with medical students and residents.

Hartford Hospital is a non-profit, 867-bed hospital which treats approximately 40,000 inpatients in addition to an outpatient visit volume of 95,000. It has a major affiliation with the University of Connecticut Health Center in undergraduate and graduate medical education. It conducts 40+ clinical educational programs for third and fourth year medical students and 42 programs in graduate medical education at the residency and fellowship levels. Full and part-time medical staff support the hospital’s educational programs where commitment to research and education is inseparable from the hospital’s role in patient care.

2022 Summer Student Research Projects


All decisions regarding candidates will be announced in early April, 2023. The criteria used for selecting a participant are:

  • Pre-medical college student completing their junior year by May, 2023
  • College grades (GPA 3.4 or higher)
  • Participation in leadership/service activities at school and in the community, as well as interests conveyed to the interviewer at the time of the scheduled interview

Monetary Information

Positions are awarded annually to qualified pre-medical students who will have completed their junior year of college in the spring. For the ten-week Program, the individual will be hired as a Hartford Hospital colleague and will receive a total of $4,000.00.

Parking is available. Dormitory housing may be available and may be partially or wholly subsidized for out of state participants or long distance commuters.


Applications are being accepted as of December 1st

Applicants must be pre-med students (who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents) completing their junior year of college.

The application and all documents must be submitted and received by February 3, 2023.

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Application form (link below)
  • Essay (link below)
  • 2x2 passport type digital photo (link below)
  • Official school transcript must be emailed from school/Institution to Sandra Soares at
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from college professors or mentors forwarded directly to Sandra Soares at

Submit your application, essay and 2x2 photo using the following link:
Application, Essay & 2x2 Photo Submission

Qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. 

Interviews scheduled from February 6th – March 17, 2023

Awards will be announced in early April, 2023

Summer Student Pre-Med & Research Program

  • Rosemarie Portal

    Program Director, Summer Student Pre-Med & Research Program
    Medical Education Department

    Hartford Hospital
    80 Seymour Street
    Hartford, CT 06102-5037


  • Sandra Soares

    Coordinator, Summer Student Pre-Med & Research Program
    Medical Education Programs

    Hartford Hospital
    80 Seymour Street
    Hartford, CT 06102-5037