Research and Study Opportunities

Global Health & Innovation Conference

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference.  This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. March 28-29, 2015, at Yale University.

Deadline: August 31, 2014

International Opportunities

Children’s Well-Being Foundation Internship

Children’s Well-Being Foundation, founded by Dr. George Whitelaw in 2007, is a registered non-profit operating 3 clinics for underserved children in Costa Rica. Our motto - treat, educate, and empower – asserts our commitment to providing quality care to impoverished families, as well as giving them tools to manage their health. College and high school students have the opportunity to be part of the care CWB provides in Costa Rica.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
CIEE Teaching Abroad

Interested in teaching in Chile, China, Spain or Thailand for a year? This program allows students to live and work overseas while learning and interacting with the local people, culture and language. CIEE negotiates a placement teaching English, offers a local stipend and temporary housing.

Eligible Applicants: Bachelor's degree, English fluency, teaching experience preferred but not required
Deadline: Varies by location
Himalayan Health Exchange

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands  in 2013- 14.Participation is open to: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health students. Faculty members are welcome to join any expedition. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Students and residents participation is limited to 30 on each trip.
Note: 
Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period.

Eligible Applicants: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health students
Deadline: November – June

Ravi Singhinfo@himalayanhealth.com   Phone: (404) 929-9399 or
William Alto MD <
info@himalayanhealth.com >  
Assistant Clinical Professor, 
Univ of Washington School of Medicine
Faculty Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

Unite For Sight's High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in all, winter, spring or summer quarters in Ghana, Honduras or India. Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps and slums to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Volunteers encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight's outreach program.

Eligible Applicants: Must be 18 or older
Deadline: Rolling Deadline

Clinical Electives (Away)

Harvard Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. VCP is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine; to increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency; and especially to increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs. Clerkships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students in good standing at accredited US medical schools. Third-year students who have completed their last quarter core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible. VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. Financial assistance (up to $400) is available toward transportation costs to and from Boston. Housing is also provided.

Eligible Applicants: 4th year medical students
Deadline: varies according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Elective Program

The Memorial Center is an academic medical center dedicated to cancer research, patient care, and education. The Memorial Hospital faculty is offering clinical electives to FINAL year medical students. This program is highly competitive so applications should demonstrate superior academic and supporting credentials. 

Eligible Applicants: Fourth-year medical students
Deadline: Completed applications must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to start of elective.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical/Research Electives

The NIH offers a variety of short-term clinical rotations and research elective opportunities, as well as specialized "year out" programs designed to provide advanced training in basic science, translational research, or clinical research, to highly qualified medical and dental students.

Eligible Applicants: All students in good standing
Deadline: Rolling

Annual Conferences and Meetings

41st Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

The ESRF is a three-day international scientific meeting hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Medical students are eligible to participate in the presentation of original basic science and clinical research.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: September 30, 2014 (early), October 31, 2014 (regular)

Other Opportunities

American College of Surgeons Medical Student Program Membership

Current medical schools may apply for membership to the American College of Surgeons. This program is designed to assist students with choosing a career in surgery, residency preparation and transition from medical school to resident training in surgery. Students will be invited to attend lectures, panel discussion and various activities conducted by Fellows of the College.

Eligible Applicants: Any medical student
Deadline: Rolling
American Physician Scientists Association Compiled Research Opportunities
Greatest Gift Organ and Tissue Donation Education Campaign

Greatest Gift, Inc. is currently seeking motivated medical students to help head up a nationwide organ and tissue donation education campaign. Greatest Gift, Inc.'s medical school model is designed to educate future physicians about the processes, myths and facts about donation and transplant, as well as raise general public awareness, and help develop leadership skills along the way. We are an organization created by medical students, designed with a busy medical student's schedule in mind. We will provide interested students with all of the tools they need to set up their own student organization on their med school campus (including a sample/template constitution, budgeting help, event ideas, educational training, artwork, t-shirt ideas, your own web page and more).

Eligible Applicants: all medical students
Helping Hands Grant Program

The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health service projects that are created and managed by medical students, particularly in underserved minority communities. These projects can be conducted in partnership with community agencies or in conjunction with ongoing medical school outreach activities. The program was established to raise awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build an interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved communities.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
International Opportunity Databases

A couple of organizations have compiled databases for research opportunities, electives, internships, etc.:
International Federation of Medical Students Association: http://www.ifmsa.net/public/searchredb.php

International Health Opportunities from AMSA: http://www.amsa.org/global/ih/ihopps.cfm

Eligible Applicants: varies
Deadline: varies
One Year Clinical Research Position at Columbia University

Columbia’s Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Research offer a unique opportunity to conduct research in the area of pediatric orthopaedics. Their mission is to improve pediatric musculoskeletal health through excellent evidence based research. The position is open to students interested in taking a year off between their 3rd and 4th years to get some first-hand, clinical research experience. The position will include a stipend of $28,000 for the year and the student health insurance. The position offers both training in clinical research and hands-on collaboration with junior and senior faculty research mentors.

For more information, email Julie Yoshimachi at jy2519@columbia.edu or call the research office at (212) 305-9367

Eligible Applicants: Medical students currently transitioning from 3rd year to 4th year.
Deadline: ASAP
PSR Health Professional Student Fellowship

In order to address the lack of advocacy training provided to health professionals and their related students, PSR is launching a program to certify students as “PSR Health Professional Student Ambassadors.”  Through a series of educational modules, conference calls, and in-person trainings at the local, regional, or national level, health professional student participants will become certified in various global issues. PSR is offering a PSR Student Fellowship.  This position will be full-time and located at the national PSR office in Washington, DC.  The student, a medical or graduate level allied-health student will be offered this full-time one year position either during a sabbatical year from their program or at the end of their formal training.  This is a paid position. The primary role of the Fellow will be development and launching of the PSR Student Ambassador program.  To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and three supervisory references to employment@psr.org.  Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Eligible Applicants: medical students planning sabbatical year
Rotations at NIOSH for Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)

NIOSH, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts HHes in all types of industries and workplaces throughout the US. Students will participate in labor-management meetings observe work tasks, interview workers and perform medical examinations, if needed. Activities may include epidemiologic studies, biological and environmental testing, and review of medical records and worksite illness/injury logs. The student conducts further research on a specific topic, completes data analyses, or performs other relevant tasks to create a presentation of their findings to HHE staff at the end of the rotation. Rotation length can be adapted to the student's needs.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: Varies

If interested, please contact Judith Eisenberg, MD, MS (Jeisenberg@cdc.gov / 513-841-4468)

Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Improve your listening skills by becoming a volunteer for The Samaritans of RI Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline/Listening Line. A fellow Brown medical student said of the experience, “As someone who hopes to pursue a career in medicine, I know this experience will help me so much in the future, in terms of knowing how to communicate with patients and truly listen to what they are trying to tell me. I absolutely know this will make me a better physician, and I am thankful to the Samaritans for teaching me these skills.” Fall Training Classes Begin in September. Medical students eligible for Brown Financial aid may be eligible for Off Campus Work-Study when volunteering for The Samaritans. Please check with your financial aid adviser in the Medical School.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: rolling