Research and Study Opportunities

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 International Health Expeditions

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Participation is open to medical 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.

International Opportunities for AMS Students 2015
Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program

Based on the success of our Jewish Medical Ethics Summer Program over the past sixteen years, we are pleased to offer the four week program again this summer in Jerusalem, Israel. The program will be held June 29 - July 23, 2015. Students from over fifty US medical schools have participated in the program.

The program features a course in Jewish medical ethics combined with workshops on Jewish thought and exciting tours and hikes throughout Israel. The purpose of the program is to enable medical students to explore Jewish approaches to challenging medical issues confronting health care professionals. Compelling seminars on Jewish thought address contemporary issues facing the Jewish people.

The faculty includes renowned medical ethicists, doctors, professors, and scholars of contemporary Jewish law and philosophy. The medical ethics curriculum incorporates the case-study method and hospital rounds, and qualifies for elective medical school credit.

Deadline: March 9, 2015
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
National Institutes of Health Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program (CEP) offers senior medical and dental students a wide variety of short-term clinical and research-oriented elective rotations at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The CEP provides students with unique exposure to state-of-the-art medical care and translational research supervised by world-renowned clinician-scientists. All elective rotations are offered for academic credit.

The Icahn School of Medicine's Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship

Sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Hospital and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend United States accredited medical schools, and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine.  VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity in the house staff and subsequently the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions, by helping talented minority medical students gain access to electives in our programs.

Deadline: March 15, 2015
University of Iowa Jackson Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship 2015

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship. Beginning in Spring 2015, one or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopaedics will be selected for this award. The award will include support for housing and travel.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Annual Conferences and Meetings

2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

The AAFP is now accepting applications for poster presentations at the 2015 National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. Students and residents can present posters on the following topics: Clinical inquiry, Community project, Educational program, and Research. The contest is open to AAFP resident and student members enrolled in an ACGME/AOA accredited residency program or LCME/COCA accredited medical school. Selected entries will be displayed in the Expo Hall during National Conference. One resident and one student winner will be recognized and will earn a trip to the 2015 AAFP Annual Meeting in Denver, CO to present their poster.

Deadline: April 10, 2015
8th Annual Residency Showcase at Northwestern

In partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity, the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, the GME sponsor at Northwestern, will offer its eighth annual Residency Showcase on Saturday, 2 May 2015.  The primary goal of this program is to diversify the applicant pools in our residency programs.  Thus, we are particularly interested in attracting students with diverse backgrounds to attend.   Our objective is to diversify in a very holistic sense including, but not limited to:  gender, race, ethnicity, language skills, life experience, sexual orientation, religion.  The patient population in our hospitals is extremely diverse and in order to continue to provide excellent care and training we recognize the need for a diverse cohort of trainees.

The McGaw Diversity Council is again offering a limited number of stipends up to $500 for prospective residents to attend the Showcase.  These stipends are intended to defray travel expenses to and from Chicago for students McGaw has defined as underrepresented.

We have an exciting agenda planned this year.  There will be a resident experiences panel discussion, a program directors panel discussion, a career development keynote address, and a recruitment fair where representatives from our 23 residency training programs will be present.

Deadline: April 3, 2015
Global Health & Innovation Conference

Taking place on March 28th & 29th, the Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

ID Week 2015

Beginning this year at ID Week 2015 we will be accepting abstracts under the category of ID Medical Education.  Abstract submissions can be on a broad range of ID related medical education topics (infectious diseases, HIV, tropical/travel medicine, antimicrobial stewardship, microbiology, infection control, etc.).

Deadline: May 21, 2015
Patient’s Voice 2015 Call for Abstracts

The conference will take place November 12-14, 2015, and look at the progress that has been made since the first ‘Where’s the Patient’s Voice?’ conference was held in Vancouver, Canada in 2005.

The conference is about practice, innovation and theory that embed the patient/client/service user voice in health professional education. It is an opportunity to share examples of how health professional education can be enriched by patient involvement. Over three days, participants will present examples of collaborative projects between educators and patient/community groups and examine the outcomes of these partnerships for faculty, patients, students and the learning environment.

Deadline: April 30, 2015
The 6th Biennial National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities

April 18th and 19th, 2015

Other Opportunities

AAMC List of Clinical and Research Opportunities
AAMC Summer Medical Student Internship

The AAMC is seeking a medical student intern to work with Careers in Medicine and Financial Information Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) staff on various projects related to the administrative, marketing, and communication efforts of both programs. The qualified individual will possess excellent communication skills, proficiency with social media platforms, experience working with Excel, Word, etc., and ideally, will have financial aid/financial literacy skills/knowledge.

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
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Research and Clinical Externships

The AAP is offering funded research and clinical externships for medical students in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), a specialty that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to patients with physical impairments or disabilities. Both programs are eight-week summer externships offered to medical students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached stipend of $4,000.

The Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) offers a structured research experience paired with the opportunity to work alongside the most successful and respected faculty members in PM&R. RREMS application deadline is March 6.

The Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE) offers hands on clinical experience and the opportunity to see patients and establish mentors in PM&R. MSSCE application deadline is February 13.

Deadline: March 6, 2015 for RREMS, February 13, 2015 for MSSCE
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro are recruiting first year Brown University medical students to write/implement the curriculum and/or serve as camp counselors for their Providence camps. 

Camp Cardiac, founded in collaboration with Northwestern University medical students in Chicago in 2010, and Camp Neuro, founded in collaboration with Washington University medical students in Saint Louis in 2013, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students (many of whom are underprivileged) interested in exploring careers in medicine.  If you are interested in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and/or Psychology, this is a great way to start networking with some of the top physicians and learn more about the field.  In addition, regardless of your preferred specialty, this is a wonderful opportunity for any medical student interested in introducing high school students to the field of medicine.
To learn more about either camp, we invite you to visit their websites: 

An information meeting will be held in Providence in early 2015 (January/February).  If you're interested in attending the meeting and learning more, please email the President of their organization, Mr. Michael Yensel, at
Eligible Applicants: First year students
Department of Medicine Research Overview Fall 2014
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:

International Health Opportunities from AMSA:

Eligible Applicants: varies
Deadline: varies
Jericho Road Community Health Center’s Summer Medical Internship Program

Where: Buffalo, NY, at our offices on both the East and West Sides of Buffalo. Housing will be provided in the community we serve. Food and transportation are the responsibility of the student.  A food/transportation allowance of $600 will be provided.

When: June 15- July 31, 2015. Dates may have some flexibility if required by outstanding applicants

Why: To learn, grow and develop a large world view of service to the poor. 

What will I do? Time will be spent:

- Living in community with our diverse neighbors and fellow interns.

- Working in the health center (in both locations) shadowing various practitioners   (5 sessions/week)

- Working with Jr. High Students in the summer “FLY” program (1 session/week)

- Weekly meetings with our spiritual care team to learn how to do a spiritual assessment, how to address spiritual issues that are important to our diverse patient population, and to explore issues of injustice in health care and challenging ethical cases that arise.” (1 session/week)

- Accompanying patients to their specialist appointments. (1 session/week)

- Working with the lead team in community outreach efforts and education. (1session/week)

- You will have the opportunity to work (shadow) ½ day with each of the groups of staff that run the clinic (nurses, interpreters, front office, spiritual care team, visiting VIVE shelter) to better understand the non-clinician roles in a health center. (1 session/week)

Eligible Applicants: First year students
National MS Society Summer Fellowship

The New York City-Southern New York Chapter of the National MS Society is excited to again be offering summer clinical fellowships to medical students who have completed at least their first year of medical school.   This fellowship is intended to support medical students interested in gaining exposure to working with patients with multiple sclerosis.  The fellow will work with neurologists and other health care professionals specializing in multiple sclerosis in the outpatient setting, and observe most aspects of MS specialty care as it related to diagnosis and treatment.

There are two fellowships to be awarded this year and are available in June and July for a four week period.   Each fellowship includes a $2,000 stipend support to the student.

Deadline: March 16, 2015
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
Student Surgery Leadership Weekend, University of Michigan

Developing the future leaders in surgery is one of the core missions we all share. We have a program for our students at Michigan applying to residency in academic surgery.  We are expanding the program and would like to attract some medical students from other schools to participate.  We have generous resources to run this program and will provide funding to support some students visit to Ann Arbor.

Eligible Applicants: Fourth year students
Deadline: March 20, 2015
UPenn List of Opportunities