Research and Study Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction for Minority Medical Students, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and AACAP’s Campaign for America’s Kids

The AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction offers a unique opportunity for minority medical students, or students whose project will focus on minorities, to explore a research career in substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field.

Deadline: March 2, 2018
Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience

The New England Institute of Jewish Studies, in coordination with the Schlesinger Institute and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, is sponsoring a three week summer program, combining the study of medical ethics, Jewish thought and tours of Israel. The purpose of the program is to enable Jewish 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 program also features great tours and hikes in Israel.

Deadline: March 12, 2018
Medical Student Elective Course in Wilderness Medicine (Costa Rica)

This week-long expedition (June 16-22, 2018), through the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will focus on wilderness medical and survival issues, with an emphasis on tropical medicine.  Topics include hyperthermia, infectious diseases, drowning, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, wild animal attacks, zoonosis, SAR, and much more.  Ground transportation, shared lodging, meals, and adventure activities provided.  Participants are responsible for transportation to San Jose, alcohol, personal clothing, and optional AWLS certification costs and surf lessons and/or board rental.  Enrollment is limited to 14 participants to allow for optimal small group learning, authentic wilderness experiences, and efficient travel and logistics.  The University of Colorado School of Medicine does not offer academic credit for this class.

Summer Institute for Medical Students at Hazelden Betty Ford

Often described by participants as "a life-changing experience," the Summer Institute for Medical Students program provides an inside look at the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. By shadowing addiction treatment patients and family program participants, you will gain extraordinary insight into the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing.

Deadline: March 1, 2018
Summer Project Opportunity

Dr. Pradeep Chopra is looking for a 2nd or 3rd year medical student familiar with medical statistics to help organize and analyze data. There are several projects, each lasting a few weeks, and work can be completed remotely. Compensation will be provided at $500 per project. Some research or publication experience preferred, but not required. For more information, please contact Dr. Chopra at

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.

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.

MUSC Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program

The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program is sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine Dean's Office and individual departments.  The goal of this program is to recruit talented 4th year URM students to MUSC who have met all of the requirements for visiting student electives listed in VSAS.  The program provides support for African-American, Native American, and Hispanic students participating in a variety of rotations throughout MUSC.

Deadline: June 1, 2018
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).

Subsidized Visiting Elective Program

The Subsidized Visiting Elective Program (SVEP) provides financial assistance and support for under-represented minority medical students to gain clinical exposure within any of our departments in the form of a month long elective at Boston Medical Center affiliate hospital of Boston University School of Medicine. Students that are accepted into the SVEP will be reimbursed up to $2,000 for travel, housing, and VSLO registration fee. In addition, students will meet URM faculty, residents, and/or fellows, as well as have the opportunity to explore the city of Boston.

Deadline: April 20, 2018
Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VEPSUM) Fellowship

Sponsored by the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, VEPSUM offers four-week electives at Mount Sinai Health System and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified fourth-year medical students who attend U.S.-accredited medical schools, and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. For the purposes of this program, we define groups underrepresented in medicine as Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian.  VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity in the house staff and 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, 2018
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 National Medical Association (NMA) Convention and Scientific Assembly

The 2018 National Medical Association (NMA) Convention and Scientific Assembly is the largest and oldest organization dedicated to advancing scholarship of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) physicians and improving the health outcomes of minority communities. Medical students, and residents are invited to submit abstracts for our annual Georges C. Benjamin Resident Research Forum (GCBRR).   This forum is sponsored by the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association.  Georges C. Benjamin is a founding member of the EM section of NMA, and envisioned the GCBRR forum to be a platform to promote and support research interests of URiM emergency medicine trainees. The 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly will be held in Orlando, FL, August 11 – August 15, 2018.

Deadline: March 9, 2018
48th Annual Meeting of the American Osler Society

The 48th Annual Meeting of the American Osler Society will be held Sunday, May 13 through Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Please follow the link below for a detailed outline of the event and a call for abstracts.

Advocacy in a Turbulent World: Solutions to Latino Health Disparities

Addressing and solving the significant disparities in health care for disadvantaged communities takes courage, commitment, and determination, especially in a political environment that is contentious. Through "Advocacy in a Turbulent World: Solutions to Latino Health Disparities," the Latino Physicians of California (LPOC) has brought together the leading health and political leaders to instruct, inspire and motivate current and future advocates. What is being done and how can everyone coalesce to send a strong effective message to address the health and health professions disparity that exists in our community? Join us and raise your voice, ask questions, participate in the development of a strategy to address these issues collectively.

March 12, 2018
Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Reception: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Program: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.
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
Harvard Medical School Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education

The HMS Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) in Medical Education is a unique two-year master’s program designed to provide rigorous research training in the field of medical education.  While many medical schools in the U.S. and abroad offer one-year master’s degrees in medical education, this program requires two years, blending one year of formal coursework, taught by faculty from Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Macy Institute (students in the program take two Harvard Macy courses as a part of the curriculum), with an additional year of mentored research leading to a publishable master’s thesis.

Deadline: March 1, 2018
Helping Hands Grant Program

The Helping Hands Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 to medical schools for mental health and substance use disorder 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
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.

Medical Student PEM Research Team

Hasbro Emergency Department offers two opportunities to be involved in clinical research, interact with patients and parents, and see what it’s like to work as an emergency physician. Each requires a 4-hour block of time per week to enroll patients in studies. The “Buckle Me Up” Research Study evaluates an interactive educational intervention for parents and teens about car appropriate use of car restraints. The “Stomach Contents” Research Study assesses stomach contents prior to sedation by ultrasound (great opportunity to learn ultrasound). If you are interested in joining our research team, and shadowing with PEM Meds, Contact: Susan Duffy, MD, MPH ( Feel free to reach out to current Brown MS 2 students who have worked on PEM studies (Angela Zhang,; Caroline Gordon,; Kimberly Glerum,

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.

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)
UAB Research Fellowship

Beginning in 2012, the UAB Division of Orthopaedic Surgery created a year long orthopaedic research fellowship. The fellowship was started to provide medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery as a career, a year long comprehensive musculoskeletal experience. The year is designed for medical students between their third and fourth year and is a blend of research (70%) and clinical (30%) experiences. Fellows spend their time with multiple faculty and interaction with residents and attendance to all education opportunities within the division (Grand Rounds, weekly faculty lectures to residents, journal clubs) is encouraged. Beyond allowing students to build their CV with publications and presentations, the goal of the year is: to provide students a broad exposure to orthopaedics to help build a solid foundation prior to residency, to learn how to conduct clinical research and to build strategic relationships within the profession. Completion of the orthopaedic research fellowship guarantees a residency interview with our program. The current stipend is $25,000. Applications are being accepted for two positions.