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
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.
Ravi Singh: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (404) 929-9399 or
William Alto MD <email@example.com >
Assistant Clinical Professor,
Univ of Washington School of Medicine
Faculty Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency
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.
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
A two-week summer course (offered in English) in “Introduction to Chinese in Clinical Usage” at the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine (Tainan, Taiwan) is offered for Brown PLME students and medical students. In 2015, dates are July 20-31. Tuition is covered by NCKU. Housing will be arranged by NCKU at a nominal cost. Total expenses include the plane ticket, food, and out of pocket expenses. Partial funding is available to support the travel to NCKU for the two-week course.
Rostock and Tuebingen Universities in Germany
Growing Old-Aging and Its Medical Challenges, Rostock University, June 1-12, 2015
At Rostock, students are housed in off-campus housing and provided a stipend. Medical students who are in the Aging Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA.
Comparative Medical Ethics, Tuebingen University, June 15-26, 2015
Tuebingen University books rooms in the youth hostel and provides a small stipend to be used at the commissary. Medical students in the Global Health Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA.
Students are responsible for all travel expenses including flights to and from Germany, ground
transportation, and for those students who are attending both programs, travel from Rostock to Tuebingen.
Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program
The Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program is an opportunity to spend your Summer in Guatemala in a health-care based Spanish immersion program. Since 2007 Somos Hermanos has been running language and cultural immersion programs in Guatemala. This year we are again offering a 4-week immersion program for medical students during the summer between their first and second years.
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.
Zhejiang University, China
At Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China, PLME undergraduates and medical students may take one of the two 4-week Traditional Chinese Medicine programs in the summer. For 2015, the programs tentative dates are June 13-July 11, or July 18-August 15. (No TCM program is presently offered in the Winter Break.) The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese preferred at a conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience. However, fluency is not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency and you will be paired one-on-one with a Chinese speaker. ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. The Pang Endowment provides a stipend. Discuss this option with Dean Julianne Ip.
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
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.
Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians Annual Research Poster Presentation
The Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, March 27th, 2015 during the RIAFP’s Annual Primary Care Conference at the Omni Hotel Providence. Posters presented may involve clinical, teaching, advocacy, community-based, public health, narrative medicine scholarship or a case presentation that addresses any topic relevant to family medicine.
Rhode Island Chapter of the American College of Physicians 2015 Associate and Medical Student Forum
Abstracts will be accepted into either the Clinical Vignette or Research categories. Medical Student abstracts will be considered for poster exhibition only. However, posters of Medical Student abstracts that are on exhibition at the Annual Meeting will be eligible for judging to select the winner of the Best Medical Student Poster Award.
Please identify a Faculty Mentor whose name must be on the Abstract; IMPDs and IM Chiefs can help you identify someone.
If you would like any assistance with your abstract – selecting a topic, editing, or simply general advice, please feel free to contact Dr. Beth Gentilesco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you select your case, please email the brief topic and MR# to Luci Trumbull, I.M. Residency Coordinator (email@example.com). Please don’t forget to type “PHI” in the subject line of these emails; this is an effort to avoid duplication of cases/posters. Please remember, however, it is OK to present a case together.
The 6th Biennial National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities
April 18th and 19th, 2015
The Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference Saturday, April 11th 2015
This student-run conference is a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in food and nutrition to present their own original research or learn from their peers conducting research in fields that interest them.
Now in its 9th year, the conference attracts more than 200 attendees from over 30 different institutions across a wide range of fields including sustainable agriculture, nutritional epidemiology, food policy, public health nutrition and more!
As a presenter or attendee, students will gain valuable professional experience presenting and discussing novel, multidisciplinary research and will also have the opportunity to network with fellow students and future colleagues.
Relevant research includes projects conducted as part of course work, thesis work, internships, capstone papers, or directed studies.
2015 AFAR MSTAR Program
The 2015 MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. Positive experiences in the MSTAR program have led many physicians-in-training to pursue academic careers in aging, ranging from basic science to clinical research to health services research. They have joined the growing cadre of physicians and scientists whose specialized knowledge and skills are in great demand as our population ages.
Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Research projects are offered in basic, translational, clinical, or health services research relevant to older people. Most scholars will do their training and research during the summer months. They will also be invited to present a poster at the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Long Beach, California, May 19-21, 2016.
2015 Kaiser Permanente Introduction to Integrated Healthcare Program
This is our third year providing this unique opportunity for rising 2nd year medical students interested in serving diverse and under-served communities in their medical practice. Students will be exposed to an integrated healthcare system that values technology, prevention and a diverse work force in an effort to obtain quality outcomes for its members. Selected students will be introduced to the healthcare system of tomorrow and receive valuable exposure to our excellent graduate medical education opportunities.
2015 Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) Program
ASN Kidney TREKS fosters interest in nephrology and research careers through a week-long research course retreat at Mount Desert Island Biologic Laboratories in Bar Harbor, ME, combined with a long-term mentorship program with a member of their local nephrology division. Participants in the 2015 Kidney TREKS Program will:
1. Attend the Mount Desert Island Biologic Laboratories “Origins of Renal Physiology” course on June 6–13, 2015. Tuition, a travel stipend to Maine, and room and board are provided by ASN.
2. Become connected with a nephrologist mentor who will interact with the student over the course of medical school training, graduate school, or postdoctoral fellowship.
3. Attend ASN Kidney Week during their 3rd or 4th year of medical school or graduate school with travel support and participate in the ASN Kidney STARS program.
4. Receive complimentary ASN membership, including access to website resources for students.
AAMC List of Clinical and Research 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.
American Heart Association Founders Affiliate Medical Student Research Fellowship Program
The purpose of the medical student fellowship award is to encourage medical students including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The need for new researchers in the health sciences, from basic science to human behaviors, is critical. This program is designed to provide students at the crossroads of career choices an opportunity to experience research first hand with an established investigator.
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.
Betty Lea Stone Fellowship
The Stone Fellowships offer first-year medical students the opportunity to participate in laboratory research with accomplished investigators. Students receive a stipend of $5,000.00. Upon selection, Fellows will assist with ongoing research during the eight to ten week program. All Fellowship placements are chosen by the Stone Fellowship Committee; a team of senior scientists.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUPID Summer Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins University Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins will sponsor a summer fellowship for medical students entitled Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged – The Summer Translational Oncology Program at Johns Hopkins (CUPID). CUPID is a 7-week program, during which medical students participate in cutting-edge cancer research and also learn about the chronic problem of cancer health disparities. This program is partially funded by the NCI, and is focused on medical students who have a demonstrated interest in caring for underserved populations and who are exploring careers in oncology. Key features of the CUPID program are:
A structured, mentored research experience in the high profile oncology laboratories of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
A series of didactic lectures by senior clinical and research faculty that provide an overview of the molecular basis of cancer, general oncologic principles, problems in clinical oncology and cancer health disparities.
Half-day rotations that provide exposure to the clinical practice of medical, radiation and surgical oncology.
Special event dinners and other social events to promote interaction among the fellows
End of program research symposium
By bringing a diverse group of highly motivated students together for an intensive oncology experience early in their training, we expect to instill an enthusiasm for oncology in a group of future caregivers who are most likely to serve the underserved.
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.
HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program
This program will support up to 20 students working in HHMI laboratories for 8-10 weeks. The program is primarily aimed at those students who wish to explore the summer research experience with the intent of applying for the year-long program. For the 2015 summer program, students will receive a stipend of $5,000 for 10 weeks ($500/week for less than 10 weeks) and up to $1,000 for roundtrip relocation costs. The Competition System opens on November 3, 2014
IDSA Medical Scholars Program
An important part of IDSA’s mission is to promote the subspecialty of infectious diseases by attracting the best and brightest medical students to the field. To further this goal, the IDSA Education and Research Foundation offers scholarships to medical students in U.S. and Canadian medical schools with mentorship by an IDSA member or fellow. It is the responsibility of IDSA members and fellows to identify and solicit interested students.
International Opportunity Databases
National Student Injury Research Training Program
Each summer, the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) hosts the National Medical Student Injury Research Training Program. The goal of this program is to provide research training to future physician-investigators while introducing them to the field of injury research and prevention.
This program gives medical students the opportunity to conduct their own research under the supervision and guidance of CIRP faculty and researchers. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, each participant:
Chooses an injury topic
Conducts a literature review
Develops a research hypothesis
Analyzes data from an existing national dataset to evaluate the topic and test the hypothesis
Interprets and summarizes findings in a manuscript which he/she writes as first author
Submits the manuscript to a peer-reviewed scientific journal for publication
Housing and a stipend will be available for selected participants.
NIDDK Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes
The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required.
In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student attends a series of web-cast seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a brief summary of his/her work at a scientific symposium for all Program participants in Nashville, TN (August 6-7, 2015).
Must spend 2-3 months in the Program (commencement and conclusion dates reasonably flexible)
Stipend of approximately $1870 per month for food and housing, etc.
Students must find housing (Diabetes Centers will help)
Must attend research symposium August 6-7, 2015 in Nashville, TN (travel allowance provided)
Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP)
This is the 12th year of our very successful summer program that is designed as a field-based learning experience in occupational safety and health. Teams of two students are placed with labor unions or community-based organizations to work on projects that investigate job-related health and safety issues among workers, often of new immigrant groups, employed in an under-served or a high hazard job.
Students can apply to work in any of the following cities, regardless of where they now reside: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Marshfield (WI) and New York City. Supervision and mentorship are provided by senior occupational health researchers from UC Berkeley, UCLA, San Diego State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Tufts University, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, National Farm Medicine Center and the California Department of Public Health.
The program is open both to undergraduates (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students with an interest in occupational health or related fields. A stipend is provided.
Pediatric Oncology Education Program
The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.
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 email@example.com. Applications accepted until position is filled.
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.
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.
Summer Research Assistantship in Emergency Medicine
Summer Research Assistantships in Emergency Medicine are made available annually on a competitive basis to students enrolled in Alpert Medical School or the Program in Liberal Medical Education. This is an excellent opportunity to become engaged in a research project under the supervision and mentorship of a Brown faculty member [e.g. Instructor rank or above]. Students who are awarded an assistantship will carry out their research project at a Brown-affiliated hospital between June-August. Support for a 10-week summer research assistantship to work with a faculty is $3,500. Other employment is usually not authorized during the defined work-week tenure of the assistantship, and academic credit cannot be obtained for work performed under this form of support.
Tobacco Free Parks Education Campaign Coordinator
Assist in the coordination of The City of Providence Tobacco-Free Parks Education Campaign for the citizens of the City of Providence. The Tobacco Free Parks Education Campaign Coordinator will perform the following duties:
Assist in the creation of an outreach campaign, including the creation of outreach materials such as educational flyers and brochures.
Secure collaborations with local Nonprofits interested in helping with the outreach campaign
Assist with the fundraising efforts for the Tobacco Free Parks Signage
Develop an organizational database designed to ensure the proper distribution of educational materials to members of the City of Providence community.
Assist with engaging city staff, park friends groups and other key stakeholders to ensure they understand and help enforce the policy
UPenn List of Opportunities
Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease
This program provides an opportunity for medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of Nephrology and/or Hypertension during the summer between the first and second year, or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. The program does provide a stipend.