SUMP Students

Hispanic Center of Excellence

Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program

March 11, 2021

Dear Students,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to offer the SUMP program as it has traditionally been done for over 17 years. In place of SUMP 2021, we would like to invite you to apply to our Bronx Health Opportunity at Einstein (HOPE) Virtual Summer 2021 Program.

The Bronx HOPE Virtual Summer Program was launched in the Summer of 2020 to provide diverse pre-health undergraduate students with a high-quality virtual summer experience at Einstein. Our program offers mentorship, professional development, and information on the various careers in the medical field and clinical issues.

The Bronx HOPE Virtual Summer Program is a 4-week program that meets three days a week through Zoom-facilitated sessions led by Einstein and Montefiore faculty and medical students. The program will include sessions to give you exposure to and understanding of medicine and biomedical science with a focus on health disparities.

There will be information on entering the medical field, clinical simulations, and case presentations. Furthermore, there will be multiple opportunities to learn from clinical experts and receive mentoring from Einstein medical students. Additionally, each participant will have a personalized experience through small group mentoring and forums with healthcare providers. Lastly, students will create a short project on health disparities with the guidance of Einstein students and faculty.

Program Dates are July 6 - July 29.
Sessions will take place Tues-Thurs mornings from 9am-12pm, with some possible afternoon sessions. (Small group mentoring sessions may be scheduled at other times at the convenience of the group).

Eligibility: rising freshman-recent (within 1 year) college graduates. Priority will be given to students from underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.

Note: If you applied to SUMP in 2020 and did not participate in the 2020 Bronx HOPE Virtual Summer Program, you are eligible to apply to the 2021 Bronx HOPE Virtual Summer Program.

We will not be able to offer any shadowing this summer, nor will we be able to offer a stipend. However, we will stay connected with you after the program and inform you of any clinical/research opportunities that may arise in the future.

We will share a web application to be completed by students interested in participating in this virtual program, in the coming weeks.

Please use the link below to enter your information (full-name, email address) and we will send the program application. BxHOPE Contact Info Link 

Please feel free to email us with any questions at: 

Thank you for your understanding and please stay safe!
The SUMP Team 


The Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program (SUMP) of the Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) is a six-week program that offers students from underrepresented groups in medicine and/or economically disadvantaged background a unique opportunity to become exposed to the realities and options within the medical profession through a “shadowing” experience with a physician mentor. Besides shadowing a doctor, the program offers a broad and comprehensive curriculum, including medical lectures,  hands-on workshop participation and literature review under the supervision of a research mentor and medical librarians at Einstein.

All students are expected to complete a written research project and give a PowerPoint presentation on their project to their peers, family, physician mentors and invited Einstein faculty at the program's all day colloquium and graduation. The topics for the projects may be based on a student's clinical experience and/or any related medical issue of interest. Projects are encouraged to be presented in context of core curriculum content that will highlight Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports findings on health disparities and Hispanic and minority health. The goals of the program are designed to motivate students to pursue careers in medicine, build confidence, advance leadership skills and foster working mentorship relationships.

Lectures and workshops will cover a variety of topics that include practical information such as the medical school application process, studying skills, mock interviews, current issues in medicine and special interest topics such as cultural competency and the patient-physician relationship. The lectures will be conducted by Einstein faculty and affiliated faculty from partner institutions. There will also be informal lunches with medical students, residents and faculty that will provide a forum for sharing experiences. We encourage students and their parents to attend a special evening workshop on financial aid and the medical school application process.

SUMP requires a full time commitment Monday-Friday over six summer weeks. The student will be expected to attend fourteen hours of lecture per week and spend at least six hours per week with their assigned mentor.  Participants in the program will be awarded a stipend at the end of the program. 


Students will be considered if they are US citizens, Permanent Residents or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services from an underrepresented group in medicine and/or have an economically disadvantaged background.

  • Must have completed at least 2 science courses prior to the beginning of the summer program. 
  • While a GPA of 3.0 is generally required, a GPA of less than 3.0 may still considered after a comprehensive application review.  
  • Students must complete the online application, provide an official college transcript and obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member before the deadline.
  • If accepted, medical clearance will be required prior to starting the program.
  • Live in the Bronx or nearby metropolitan area.

 Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2020 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 No Housing is Available 

 Since SUMP's establishment in 2002, 90 of our students have been accepted to medical school and many others have pursued science or health-related graduate degrees in physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatry, engineering, clinical psychology, social work, nursing, dentistry, and public health. Some SUMP Alumni have chosen to pursue careers in non-health related areas, including education and finance, and many others have opted for gap year(s) prior to enrolling in medical school or other graduate programs.     




 "SUMP has given me crucial knowledge, priceless experiences, and invaluable new friendships that have made this summer my favorite one so far. I learned so much about getting involved in medicine as an underrepresented minority student, and I have learned more about my own capabilities. The work done by the SUMP coordinators to uplift minority students has inspired me to strive to do the same as I work towards my professional goals. I now feel more secure about my endeavors knowing that I have my SUMP support system behind me every step of the way."
–Kevin Quiah, SUMP '18, Fordham University 
"With the help of SUMP, I can honestly say that medicine no longer feels like a dream, but rather a reality. I have also found a support system through my inspiring and talented colleagues, coordinators, and mentors. Above all, the knowledge I've gained about the medical field and health disparities had confirmed my passion for medicine."  
Stacey Franco, SUMP '17, SUNY Oneonta  

"This program has been a tremendous blessing. Through my shadowing experiences I have gained concrete and valuable exposure to the many facets of a clinician's career. I have come to better appreciate the research process, and I've gained a clearer understanding of the many unique opportunities available in the medical field. The mentorship I received throughout the seven weeks has inspired me to do the same for someone else. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to further solidify my desire and decision to pursue a career in medicine.”  
Courtney-Lynn Harvey, SUMP '16, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
“The program gave me hope and confidence I needed to believe in my self in my pursuit to become a doctor. It confirmed that medicine was the best career for me. I gained much insight into various issues that affect our communities and had the opportunity to learn from mentors, faculty, and students. One of the most impactful experiences was learning about all the personal stories about pursing a career in medicine. It was inspiring to meet Doctors who are minorities.” 
Elvin Mendez, SUMP '12, Albany Medical College  

Important Dates 

SUMP Application Open Date
 January 6th, 2020 
SUMP Application Deadline
 March 2nd, 2020 (at 11:59pm) 
SUMP Notification Date
 Early April 2020 
SUMP Orientation   
Mid-late June 2020 (TBA) 
SUMP Start Date
Mid-late June 2020 (TBA) 
End of Program Presentation and Luncheon

Last Day of Program
 Early August 


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