Research and Study 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annual Conferences and Meetings
Second Annual Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students
The program is sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, and Boston Children’s Hospital. Pediatrics is an ever-changing field of discovery and innovation. Today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s cures. The Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students is an exciting opportunity for students to share their research with peers. The event takes place Saturday September 5, 2015 at the Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando Florida. Open to all medical students, this event takes place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the FCAAP. Platform and poster presentations will be available on basic-science, translational or clinical research. In addition to student presentations, there will be a keynote speech by an international expert.
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.
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.
Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro
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.
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 email@example.com.
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).
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.
International Opportunity Databases
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)
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.