The Academic Clinical Experience Summer (ACES) program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) is a six-week summer program for Princeton sophomores who are seriously considering a career in medicine. RWJMS will provide academic and clinical experiences, faculty mentoring, and interaction with medical students.
Students will participate in a cadaver-based anatomy/physiology enrichment opportunity and be paired with faculty mentors based on student areas of interest; mentoring is a key component to this program. Successful participants in this program may be eligible for an early assurance medical school acceptance with Rutgers RWJMS. Learn more about Rutgers RWJMS.
- Monday: Attend anatomy and physiology class in the morning, cadaver lab in the afternoon
- Tuesday: Accompany clinical mentor on rounds in the hospital, attend a lunch seminar with a physician speaker
- Wednesday: Attend anatomy class, Patient-Centered Medicine seminar, and cadaver lab
- Thursday: Shadow clinical mentor in the OR, attend a lunch seminar
- Friday: Anatomy exam and lab practical
- Sophomore (rising junior) at Princeton
- Realistic plan for completion of RWJMS prerequisite courses by graduation
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Combined SAT Verbal/Math of 1300 or ACT of 29 for students who took a standardized exam.
- Applicants from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in medicine, from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or first-generation college-goers are especially encouraged to apply.
All applicants must submit:
- Resume including intended concentration and significant high school and college activities
- ACES Application
- short essay responses
- One letter of recommendation from a Princeton professor, preceptor or adviser who can speak to the applicant's academic abilities and readiness for a career in medicine
Frequently Asked Questions
We're looking for students who are intellectually curious, engaged in their community, and genuinely enthusiastic about the chance to expand their knowledge of science and medicine; students who are interested in RWJMS and ready to actively contribute to the learning community in the program. Generally, medical schools are looking for individuals who have demonstrated development of the AAMC core competencies, so thinking about how you show these competencies may help your application.
We're interested in who you are as a person as well as a student, so we'd like a letter from someone who can speak to both. Someone who has gotten to know you through a smaller class like Writing Sem, or in a precept, or someone with whom you've discussed your academic progress like an academic adviser or mentor would be appropriate.
We hope that this program will provide insight into what it's like to attend this medical school, but there is no binding agreement to attend the school if you participate in this program. Students may decide to participate in the linkage to RWJMS, or may decide to apply at large to medical schools.
ACES Scholars will receive a stipend that should cover all expenses for the summer. Housing is available on the Rutgers campus.
- November: Application available online
- December: Info Session with ACES faculty and past Fellows
- January: application deadline
- February: recommendation letter deadline
- March: interviews with finalists and selection of ACES Fellows
- May: complete paperwork and attend an orientation meeting
- June-July: participate in ACES
- Fall: ACES Fellows meet with Princeton HPA advisers to discuss summer experience, academic progress, and potential linkage to RWJMS
- January: ACES Fellows declare intent to apply and choose interview dates
- Spring: Interviews at RWJMS and admissions decisions released
- Fall: ACES Fellows stay in touch with HPA advisers to ensure eligibility for the program
- February: Submit the AMCAS application
- Summer: Matriculate at RWJMS