Program Overview

We have two decades of experience with providing a uniquely tailored program to those with the desire to serve Native American communities through science and medicine.

The focus of activity during the summer is participation in a cutting edge basic science research project. Students are assigned a medical school faculty mentor who works closely with them to ensure completion of a laboratory-based research project over the 8-week summer period.


By the end of the summer, participants will:

  • Develop an increased understanding of the scientific method
  • Understand their career options in medicine, public health, and biomedical science
  • Understand the medical school graduate school application process
  • Create long lasting mentoring relationships with Harvard Medical School faculty
  • Participate in creation of a network of students pursuing careers in medicine
  • Become more aware of minority health and Native American health care issues

FDSRP students complete an 8-week research project under the direction of a Harvard Medical School Faculty Mentor, ending with a final project presentation. Activities include clinical shadowing, a weekly career development seminar, and a weekly talking circle. Students will leave Harvard Medical School with new skills, experiences, and knowledge that can be used to help themselves, their communities, and future generations of Native peoples from all of the Four Directions.