Research and Study Opportunities
AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, supported by AACAP's Campaign for America’s Kids
The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowships offer a chance for medical students to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field.
2018 Minority Summer Fellowship Award
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.
FASPE Summer Ethics Program for Medical Students (Auschwitz, Germany)
FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for its 2018 Medical program. FASPE Medical is a fully-funded, two-week summer program (June 17-29, 2018) that uses the conduct of doctors and other medical professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point and backdrop for an intensive study of contemporary medical ethics. FASPE Medical is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges in medicine today. All program costs are covered, including the equivalent of round-trip travel from New York to Europe, as well as all European travel, lodging and food. FASPE Medical Fellows travel and share some seminars with Fellows in the FASPE Seminary program.
Harvard-Longwood Short-Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery
Seven medical student research fellowships are available for 10-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. Trainees will pursue a program of intense research activity for a minimum NIH mandatory requirement of 8 weeks, and an additional week in the beginning for the onboarding process. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.
Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute Summer Scholars Program
The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute’s Summer Scholars Program is a competitive internship that provides an intensive, hands-on research experience for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students interested in child health. Selected Scholars participate in a near full time 10-week program in the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Initiative and make important contributions to Institute projects, while also pursuing their own research questions. Those selected receive a $3500 stipend for the internship. The Summer 2018 application will be available in Fall 2017.
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.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Summer Fellowship Program
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.
NYU Langone Emergency Medicine Summer Medical Student Fellowship for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students
Social Medicine Course (Haiti)
The EqualHealth Social Medicine Course, Beyond the Biological Basis of Disease, brings together medical and nursing students from Haiti, North America, and around the world to share in an immersive three-week intellectual and cultural exchange focused on the principles of Social Medicine. The course is designed for health profession students of all levels (including those studying medicine, nursing, midwifery, and public health), and links tropical medicine with social medicine teaching. The course will be taught in French. The goal is to advance the cohort’s understanding of interactions between the biology of disease and the social, cultural, economic, political, and historical factors that influence illness presentation and social experience. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
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.
Summer Research Experience Program in Oncology - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Through this internship experience, you will gain either first-hand research or clinical experience by working full-time on an independent clinical or scientific cancer-related research project. You are able choose and rank projects in the application process based on your research preference and interests. Your experience will take place in the collaborative environment of a cancer research laboratory or clinic headed by a world-renowned cancer researcher or clinician. In the research laboratory you will work alongside graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and laboratory technicians. If your project is in the clinical setting, you will work within a team of staff physicians, nurses and clinical residents. Your experience will be supported by a curriculum of learning and professional development activities. Must be first year medical student.
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.
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.
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.
Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship
Students participating in the ICRF program will take a year out from medical school (July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019) to conduct clinical research abroad under the direction of a mentor working in global health, as well as complete related coursework. Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance, and financial support to attend a year-end meeting as well as supplementary funds for research and training.
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.
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.
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).
Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowships for Medical Students
The Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research, and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. Poggi fellows are a crucial part of the pediatric orthopaedic surgery team and gain clinical experience both in and out of the operating room.
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.
Annual Conferences and Meetings
Tufts MedStart 2017
Tufts MedStart is a healthcare conference with a mission of helping attendees turn ideas into action. This year's conference, themed “Merging Tradition with Technology,” will focus on the interfacing of cultural values in healthcare and its augmentation by the advent of technology. Medical technologies are changing healthcare in the community and at the bedside. We are looking to explore how technology has been beneficial in connecting the different players in healthcare- doctors to patients, patients to patients, hospitals to patients, etc. The event will be held on December 2nd, 2017 at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. Our goal is to help foster ideas in entrepreneurship through themes including wearable technologies, applications of novel technologies in select populations, and the growing influence of consumerism in healthcare.
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.
Third Annual Medical Students Ethics Conference
The “Becoming a Physician: Ethical Challenges in Medical Education” conference is the only medical ethics conference to focus on the ethical challenges medical students encounter on the path to becoming physicians. It is intended to be a forum for medical students to present their reflections on these challenges. The organizing committee invites abstracts for oral presentations on the ethical issues that arise in and because of one’s role as a medical student. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the impact of race in medical practice; transgender health; immigration status and medical training; moral distress; hierarchy in medicine.
2018 Interprofessional Student Video Case Competition
APTR is pleased to announce a student competition opportunity to address the Opioid Epidemic. Student teams, consisting of four (4) students, comprised of at least two (2) health professions disciplines, are given a case and are charged with creating a video presentation sharing your ideas for addressing the case. A panel of judges will evaluate the team presentations in the context of real world standards of practice. The top three (3) finalists will be announced in March and all submissions will be showcased on APTR’s website. The awards for the top teams will be announced during APTR’s annual awards luncheon on April 10, 2018
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
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.
Autism Science Foundation Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards
The Autism Science Foundation is inviting applications for its Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards from medical students interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The one-year awards include $25,000 for medical students. The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research, including but not limited to: human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on gender issues in autism. This includes studies examining the female protective effect, neurobiological and neuroanatomical examination of the female autism brain, diagnostic differences and challenges in females, the female phenotype, and health and lifespan issues, including vocational services and employment. ASF also invites studies focused on unaffected siblings and recurrence risk in the offspring of unaffected siblings. ASF is also interested in supporting research on the neurobiology and molecular biology of autism using post-mortem brain tissue.
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.
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 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.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program
The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program enables students to be immersed in a high-impact, intensive research experience at a critical time in their professional education, before they make plans for residency or postdoctoral training. Unique aspects of the program include national and regional professional development activities, mentorship by physician-scientists, interaction with HHMI investigators, and integration into a community of like-minded peers. Fellows spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States except government agencies. HHMI will award 60 fellowships in 2018. Mentor selection and research proposal preparation are key components of the application process. For the 2018-2019 program year, Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend; a $5,500 fellow’s allowance for health, dental and vision insurance, relocation expenses, if applicable, and some education-related expenses; and a $5,500 research allowance for conference travel and research-related enrichment activities.
The HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia offers students with an interest in fundamental neuroscience and/or imaging at the cellular and molecular level an intense year-long research training experience, living and working at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus, a world-class research center in the Washington, D.C., area. Students must submit a Janelia-specific prescreening application by November 1, 2017 and comply with specific eligibility and application requirements.
Jerome H. Grossman M.D. Graduate Fellowship Program
The Grossman Fellowship Program is available to talented physicians and medical students interested in bringing meaningful change to the health care delivery system. The program allows a small number of qualifying physicians and medical students to pursue a two-year master’s degree in public policy or public administration (MPP or MPA) at Harvard Kennedy School. Fellows are awarded full tuition, fees, and a living stipend for two years, as well as support to carry out summer internships. They are invited to participate in symposia, workshops, and other activities at Harvard that explore health care policy. Qualifying physicians and medical school students are encouraged to apply.
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 (Sduffy@lifespan.org). Feel free to reach out to current Brown MS 2 students who have worked on PEM studies (Angela Zhang, firstname.lastname@example.org; Caroline Gordon, email@example.com; Kimberly Glerum, firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.”
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.