Evans Student Scholars

Evans Student Scholars Program is a 6-week career development program for Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine (SOM) medical students between their first and second years. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine and health sciences as defined by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Through the Evans Student Scholars program, the Department of Medicine (DOM) and the VA Center for Healthcare Organization & Implementation Research (CHOIR) seeks to enhance diversity, inclusion, and social equity, and to promote the commitment to excellence and innovation in clinical care, research, and education.

Course directors: Sheila E. Chapman, MD, and Kaku So-Armah, Ph.D.

2024-2025 Applications are now closed.

You cannot save your application once you have started it, so please prepare your answers in advance. A Word version of the application is available here.

Apply Here

Learning Objectives:
  • Enhance Chobanian & Avedisian SOM student exposure to clinical faculty through experimental seminars and lectures during the summer between the Chobanian & Avedisian SOM first and second years
  • Guide student scholars in developing strategies to successfully navigate a career in academic medicine.
  • Enrich self-efficacy and an understanding of academic medicine career paths, enhance access to available resources, and promote professional development of Chobanian & Avedisian SOM medical students.
  • Expose students to the field of Internal Medicine, and foster longitudinal mentoring relationships between the Scholars and DOM residents, fellows, and faculty.

Target Participants:

Chobanian & Avedisian SOM students between years 1 and 2 of medical school


6 weeks from May 13th – June 21st, 2024

Clinical medicine experience
  • Participate in topical seminars lead by a diverse group of physicians and residents in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Learn about the practice of gathering patient information and presentation skills
Contribute to a research team
  • Collaborate with the Department of Medicine faculty member on a research project
  • Perform a systematic literature review with the assistance of a mentor and medical librarian
Mentorship from residents, faculty, and departmental leaders
  • One-on-one mentorship on a scholarly project
  • Career mentoring and planning based on student’s goals
  • Understanding of resources available through Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and other Chobanian & Avedisian SOM offices



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