Did anyone apply for the POE program at St. Jude's this summer or previous summers?...has anyone heard anything back or know when we should?...thanks!
I'm not going to do it as a med student since I am not very interested in pursuing a career in pediatric oncology. If you have no interest in ped onc, it might not be the best use of time in your post M1 summer.
p.s. you get to live in the same complex where Elvis lived as a teenager, if thats not enough to get you excited, I don't know what will
I applied for the POE program, along with the CHLA Peds Onc, Roswell Park, and MD Anderson programs, for the summer of 2003. I ended up not being accepted to the POE program but was given some weird reasoning by Dr. Gronemeyer that they were taking a bunch of undergrads from Vandy over med students. Not sure if it was because they had already spent a summer there or what. It didn't really make sense to me that they would take non-MD students into a "clinically-oriented" program. I ended up choosing the CHLA program and had a great summer in the lab (and surfing). Got a pub and an abstract/poster out of it (very basic sci research), so its possible to get a lot done in 10 weeks if you have a good mentor and a well-designed project. I'm sure the St. Jude program offers some great opportunities. Good luck everyone.
St. Jude isn't exactly a large clinical facility as many people imagine it to be
I was shocked at this when I worked there last summer! Most of the patients get their treatments outpatient, so their inpatient is tiny (60 beds and only 2 ORs). And there's only a limited number of clinics at St. Jude, so they just cannot accommodate very many med students -- there were only 11 of us last summer.
I was working in pediatric neurosurgery, and these surgeries aren't even performed at St. Jude. A lot of my time was spent at another pediatric hospital in Memphis, making it difficult to attend the things going on at St. Jude (like the enjoyable Lunch and Learn series which is "required" 4 days a week). Dr. Gronemeyer is no longer placing students in pediatric neurosurgery for this reason.