Research and Study Opportunities

International Opportunities

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Anemia Research Assistant (Dominican Republic)

In 2009, building on years of collaboration with the leadership of the town of Consuelo, Dominican Republic, CHOP opened a flagship pediatric clinic in the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia, called Niños Primeros en Salud (“Kids First in Health”) or NPS. NPS seeks a Research Assistant to live and work in the Dominican Republic for between 6 weeks and one year, to assist with data collection, study coordination, participant follow-up, and data analyses for two ongoing IRB-approved studies further investigating a 2015 finding that over half of NPS-followed children were anemic. Medical students are eligible for Center for Global Health travel stipends. Housing is included. 

Eligible Applicants: Must be fluent in Spanish, able to commit to living in the Dominican Republic for a minimum of 6 weeks to one year, and have some familiarity with data entry and data management using software such as REDCap, Excel, Access, Stata, etc. Some experience living/working in low-resourced settings and/or cross-cultural situations is desired, but not required.
Deadline: To apply, email a statement of interest and your resume/CV to both: Adriana LaMonte, CHOP Global Health Project Administrator, at and Dr. Ryan Close, Principal Investigator, at
Children’s Well-Being Foundation Internship

Children’s Well-Being Foundation, founded by Dr. George Whitelaw in 2007, is a registered non-profit providing medical care for the underprivileged in Costa Rica. The Foundation offers free medical, psychological, eye exams, and dental care to children and adolescents from communities with limited access to health services. The Children's Well-Being Foundation has opportunities year-round, working alongside staff and physicians at our medical clinic. 

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
CIEE Teaching Abroad

Interested in teaching in countries such as 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 its 23rd annual medical & dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands in 2018. Each camp is designed to provide care to approximately 2,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Medical students & residents participation averages about 30 for each trip. Supervision is provided by US board certified physicians. Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs.

International Volunteer HQ

At International Volunteer HQ, we’re proud to support medical students and professionals to broaden and enhance their perspectives of global health, while providing vital support to underserved communities around the world. International Volunteer HQ’s affordable medical volunteer abroad programs provide healthcare volunteers with the opportunity to work alongside medical professionals at the frontline of promoting better health and wellbeing outcomes within communities abroad.

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.

Eligible Applicants: 4th year and qualified 3rd year underrepresented minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students
Deadline: varies according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month
Health Equity Visiting Clerkship

The Health Equity Visiting Clerkship is a 4-week clerkship sponsored by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at the University of Michigan Health System. The aim is to promote the development of medical students interested in health equity and inclusion work. The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion leads efforts, advises on best practices, and coordinates initiatives to enhance inclusion, increase diversity, and promote equity across the institution for our patients, staff, faculty and learners.

HEART-IM (Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine)

Explore integrative medicine, social justice and activism, intentional community building, humanism, and personal growth—and get school credit for it. Take part in AMSA’s fourth-year clerkship, the Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM). Accredited by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, HEART-IM provides 25 fourth-year medical students the opportunity to immerse themselves in an elective focused on rekindling your commitment to medicine, re-energizing you as you prepare for residency, and providing you with self-care skills to bolster you throughout the rest of your training and career. Experience communal living while expanding your knowledge of important topics not addressed in medical school. March 31-April 26, 2019

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: Applications are accepted between six to four months prior to a proposed start date—six months being the earliest for application submission and four months being the latest.
Minority Senior Scholarship Program

The Minority Senior Scholarship Program (MSSP) was established in 2015 to address the goal of enhancing the diversity of academic pediatricians through exposing senior medical students from races and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine (URM) to academic pediatrics. Through advanced clinical exposure, networking, mentoring, and special sessions, participants are armed with the resources and information needed to confidently make decisions regarding their future training and to better serve diverse populations of children. The MSSP is an opportunity for fourth year medical students applying to pediatrics to rotate at Children’s National in Washington DC and gain exposure to academic pediatrics at a large, free standing children’s hospital. Our scholars receive supplemental mentorship, networking opportunities with current residents, exposure to our competitive Pediatric Residency Program, as well as a stipend to offset the costs of travel and housing.

National Institutes of Health Clinical Electives Program for Medical Students

The National Institutes of Health (the largest biomedical research agency in the world) offers an extensive range of clinical research training to help prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. NIH’s Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD).

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Visiting Elective Program

The goal of the Visiting Elective Program through the Office of Diversity Programs is to enhance the exposure of students considering careers in academic medicine to the Washington University Medical Center, while promoting cultural diversity on the medical school campus. Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply to the program. They are eligible to participate in one four-week elective. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated background in enhancing service to disadvantaged groups and current experience in activities related to providing care to the underserved.

Eligible Applicants: 4th-year medical students in good standing at LCME-accredited school

Annual Conferences and Meetings

2018 Health Equity Summit
The 2018 Health Equity Summit: Building Healthy and Resilient Communities, provides individuals from all walks of life with the opportunity to come together to learn about and discuss current and emerging issues affecting health equity in our state. Health equity means everyone has fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty,  discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare. The Summit will highlight current efforts to advance community well-being across Rhode Island, showcase best practices to promote health equity throughout the region, and feature the regional launch of the 2018-2019 Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) President's Challenge.
September 20, 2018
2018 Lyme Disease Association Conference

The Lyme Disease Association announces its 19th annual scientific conference, Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases: Turning the Corner Through Research, will be held October 27 & 28, 2018 in Providence, RI at the landmark Marriott Providence Downtown hotel. Once again, Columbia University jointly provides this educational conference with the LDA. Past conferences have been held in cities across the US and have included top researchers throughout the US and the world. Topics covered have included Lyme testing, the mechanisms of disease persistence, Lyme disease treatment and antibiotics, biomarkers, neurologic and cardiac Lyme, case studies, other tick-borne diseases, epidemiology, and tick control. Please note scholarships are available - the deadline for scholarship submissions is August 15th.

ACOG District I Junior Fellow and Medical Student Day

Register today for the ACOG District I Junior Fellow & Medical Student Day on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods, in Waltham, MA. All are welcome! The theme of this event is "Maternal Morbidity and Mortality," touching on topics such as: understanding maternal morbidity and mortality from a national, global, and local perspective; “Mock Interview” sessions; "Emergency Simulations;" "Advocacy 101" and more!

California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium
Join us for a day of speakers, panels and workshops at the UC Irvine School of Medicine campus. The symposium is designed for medical students, years 1-4, who are interested in pursuing a career in anesthesiology.
Attendees will learn about different anesthesiology residency programs and residency life, practice procedures at the state-of-the art UC Irvine School of Medicine Medical Simulation Center, and interact with current anesthesiology residents and program directors from across California.
Deadline: September 22, 2018
Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) is a four-day scientific meeting hosted by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Qualified medical students, MD/PhD and graduate students, and residents/interns are eligible to participate in the presentation of original basic science and clinical research. Our aim is to promote collegiality and encourage the pursuit of biomedical research among these future physicians and scientists. Presentations of original research in both oral and poster formats are sought in all areas of research. All students wishing to participate in the 2019 ESRF must submit an abstract. Presenters with approved abstracts will receive an official invitation to attend the conference. Additional guidelines for abstracts and eligibility for participation rules can be obtained on the ESRF website.

WMS "Masters" of Wilderness Medicine Conference

The academic program will focus on core topics in wilderness medicine with emphasis on the latest scientific literature in the field. Lectures will be delivered by recognized "Masters" in Wilderness Medicine: Paul Auerbach, Howard Backer, Timothy Erickson, Luanne Freer, and Peter Hackett. Conference will be held September 12-15, 2019 in Stowe, VT.

Workshops on Drug Discovery by AMGEN Scientists

AMGEN scientists will be visiting Brown to present a two day workshop covering all aspects of the drug discovery process, A-Z.  

This is an exciting and intensive educational opportunity as well as a chance to gain insight into the strategies, technologies and science behind commercial drug discovery and development.
Day 1. Friday October 12, 10-2:30. Location: 70 Ship Street Room 107 auditorium.
Topics include Target ID & Validation, Small and Large Molecule Generation & Optimization, and Safety Sciences
Day 2. Tuesday October 23, 10-2:30.  Location: 70 Ship Street Room 107 auditorium.
Topics include Pharmacokinetics & Metabolism, Biomarker Strategies, Process Development for Small and Large Molecules, Bio-manufacturing.
You MUST apply before September 28, 2018 and be accepted in order to attend.

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

APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine.

American Society of Anesthesiologists

ASA provides a wealth of information for medical students such as educational resources, networking and mentor opportunities and advocacy efforts. The student membership of $10 a year includes monthly publications, free admission to the ASA ANESTHESIOLOGY® Annual Meeting, an annual anesthesiology residency program fair, residency guides, participation in the ASA Medical Student Component and much more. For questions regarding membership, visit the ASA Medical Student Component website to learn more.

Clinical and Research Opportunities Database Careers in Medicine®

The Clinical and Research Opportunities Database is available on the Careers in Medicine® website.  It contains information about summer and year round programs in the United States and abroad that are available to medical students looking to gain valuable research and clinical experience in a desired specialty or scientific area. The database allows you to search by program type, specialty or topic, program duration and country, and includes fellowships, internships, scholarships, and grants.  A short description of the program is presented along with a link to the program’s website for further information. You must have a CiM account to access the resource.

Dr. Oz Show

The Dr. Oz Show invites medical students interested in public health, social media, or medical television to come join our team as a Medical Student Producer (full-time paid position, 8-9 months from August to May, located in New York City). The show relies on its medical students to make sure all information that airs is medically accurate. Students are heavily involved in the production process, by reviewing scripts, briefing Dr. Oz on medical topics before tapings, and reviewing footage before it airs to make sure it¹s medically sound. They also write radio scripts for Dr. Oz and design medical animations that air on the show. 

Eligible Applicants: Medical Student Producers are typically medical students who have completed their third year and who wish to take a year off before completing their coursework and beginning their residency. Candidates should have an interest in health media, but experience in a media-related field is not required.
Deadline: To apply, send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working for the show, along with a resume/CV, to Associate Medical producer Gretchen Goetz ( Include the phrase “medical student producer” in the subject line of your email to ensure your application is processed. Applications are typically due in February.

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Medical begins by examining the actions and choices of German physicians in enabling Nazi policies. It then draws on this historical example to help Medical Fellows both grasp their role as influencers in their field and in their communities as well as identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing physicians and the healthcare system. By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

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
Medical Student and Early Investigator Awards

ASH (American Society of Hematology) offers both short-term and long-term opportunities that allow aspiring hematologist in medical school or residency to conduct hands-on hematology research under supervision and mentorship of several ASH member mentors. Upon completion of a program of your choice, you will have gained valuable research experience and be connected to a network of hematology investigators across the country.

National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program

The National Institutes of Health (the largest biomedical research agency in the world) offers an extensive range of clinical research training to help prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. The Medical Research Scholars Program is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.

Project: Breastfeeding Education for Medical Students
Project: Breastfeeding Education for Medical Students
Student Contact: Carmen Kilpatrick MS4 (
Faculty Contact: Courtney Bilodeau, MD, IBCLC (

Description: Although breastfeeding is currently recommended as the optimal method of infant feeding by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, many medical students in the United States do not feel comfortable offering lactation guidance to mothers. In spring 2016, medical students at AMS were surveyed to assess their knowledge about and comfort with breastfeeding. Using the survey data, we created an interactive online course for medical students and residents to learn about breastfeeding:

What's Next: We are looking for MS1 or MS2 students who are interested in OB/GYN, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine to help integrate lactation education into the medical curriculum here at AMS and nationwide. This would be a great opportunity for students interested in medical education, advocacy, women's health, or public health.

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.” 

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: Rolling (see website for training schedule)