Summer Underrepresented Minority Medical Student Research (SUMMR) Program

At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), delivering high-quality care to our diverse patient population and their families is our top priority. In an effort to meet the needs of our patients, we continually strive to create a workforce that reflects the richness of our patients’ diversity. We strongly believe that diversity in our faculty, trainees and staff directly contributes to clinical and research breakthroughs and to culturally competent, family-centered care.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Summer Underrepresented Minority Medical Student Research (SUMMR) Program aims to increase diversity in the next generation of clinicians and scientists. The SUMMR program supports the participation of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) medical students (African-American, Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Natives) in both clinical and research environments, working with international experts in pediatric care and child health research.

Those selected to participate will join us in Philadelphia on our main campus and receive a $5,000 stipend for their in-person participation. SUMMR programming will include lectures, clinical activities, and research mentorship over the 8-week experience (June 5th, 2023-July 27th, 2023). We offer a varied array of experiences across the Departments of Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry, Pathology and Critical Care Medicine/Anesthesia.  Scholars will have the opportunity to meet with Departmental leaders, leaders of our Pediatric Residency Program, and resident and fellow trainees during their time at CHOP.  Eligible students must attend all 8 weeks of the program, must be enrolled in U.S. medical schools, and must be U.S. citizens.





$5000 for the 8-week experience (Students from Puerto Rico will need to arrive one week early to complete necessary paperwork and will receive an additional extra week’s stipend).


Didactic, research and clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Programming includes seminars twice a week with our esteemed faculty and physicians to learn about different disciplines and career paths in pediatric medicine. Students will be paired with a physician mentor and specialty for completion of the research project and clinical experience. Students will compose a 500-word summary of their project and a scientific poster for presentation at the closing celebration.


  1. Applicants must be medical students enrolled in U.S. medical schools, and be between their first and second years of medical school.
  2. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


  1. SUMMR scholars are solely responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing during their participation in the SUMMR Program.
  2. Scholars must be able to complete the entirety of the program in person.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. Notifications of acceptances will be announced in early March 2023. Applications for SUMMR 2024 will open in October 2023.


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“CHOP is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive biomedical research, clinical, and administrative workforce on our campus, in our satellite facilities, and in the greater academic community. This commitment is exemplified by our many efforts surrounding pipeline programs that support diverse scholars, our focus on diversity health initiatives, and outreach to the diverse community that we serve in Philadelphia and beyond. Diversity is celebrated throughout the institution, and employee resources are in place to foster an inclusive environment. CHOP is committed to providing the best possible care and attention to all of our patients and families, regardless of their cultural, linguistic, dietary, spiritual, or socio-economic background.” — Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD