<p>Hi, so I've encountered a lot of sites and links that have information on summer programs both to expose people to medical education (SMDEP) and programs that focus on research. There are a lot of programs, and since I'm going to be a college freshman next year, I want to start applying for them next year so I can spend my summers productively. </p>
<p>Is there any way to narrow down the scope for these programs, since on a website, they all sound the same except at different universities and locations. Can someone tell me which are the better research summer programs and clinical shadowing opportunities? </p>
<p>Also these programs require professor recommendations, so how can a freshman get a recommendation when s/he only had the professor for four months? I'm really interested in spending my summers productively doing biomedical or chemical research and/or shadowing a physician and learning about clinical research. I missed out on these opportunities during high school, which I'm still kind of bitter about, so I would like to make up for that during college.</p>
<p>This site has a lot of programs. How do you differentiate between them? Which ones are worth it and give the best experience? Is there anyone who can share their experience at a summer research program or premedical clinical program?