Pre-Med: Explore the Medical Field

Is Medicine for you?

Medicine is a long-term commitment that requires many years of training. Given this, many students find it difficult to decide whether medicine is the right career path for them. Through this one-week long program, students will gain insight into what it is like to be a physician. Students will have an opportunity to engage directly with physicians who are passionate about their work. Simultaneously, students will get to explore the state of the art UConn Health Center which is entering an era of unprecedented growth in all three areas of its mission: academics, research, and clinical care.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to gain guidance from UConn's Pre-Med academic advising staff. Moreover, students will be provided supervised transportation from the UConn Storrs campus to the UConn Health Center in Farmington. Students will return to the Storrs campus at the end of each academic day.

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

Sessions Offered

Session 1: June 25 – July 1

Session 2: July 2 – July 8

Session 3: July 9 – July 15

Session 4: July 16 – July 22

Session 5: July 23 – July 29


Residential, Non-Credit

This class is meant to be immersive and students will experience:

  • Throughout the week, students will delve into the following aspects of medicine:
  • Practice of basic skills
  • Exploration of common examinations
  • Brief overview of selected topics in cardiology and gastroenterology
  • Demonstration of a mock “code”

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field

Meet the Professors


Lead Faculty: Shobhana Pathani, M.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut. The UConn Pre-College Summer Pre-Med: Explore the Medical Field course will also be taught by professionals from UConn Health.UConn Pre-College Summer: Pre-Med Explore the Medical Field Shobhana Pathani

George Y. WUConn Pre-College Summer: George Wu Pre-Med Facultyu, M.D., Ph.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Hepatology Section, and Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Rochester, and received an M.D. and Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Harlem Hospital, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and received subspecialty training in digestive diseases at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He has been a pioneer in the field of targeted delivery of biological substances specifically to liver cells, hepatocytes. He developed the concept of targeted rescue, targeted gene delivery, an immunocompetent model for HCV infection, and most recently targeted delivery of mitochondria. He has received numerous awards and prizes including the American Liver Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award, and an American Gastroenterological Association/Industry Research Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation Research Prize, American Gastroenterological Association-Gastroenterology Research Group Young Scientist Award, and a Chinese American Medical Society Scientific Award, was elected a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and the American Association for the Study of liver Diseases. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, and was a Fulbright Specialist. He has received 10 patents, and founded two startup companies to commercialize inventions. He has published more than 210 peer-reviewed articles, and edited 12 books. He is the comprehensive editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, and series editor for the Clinical Gastroenterology series published by Humana/Springer Press.