Research and Study Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

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. 

Eligible Applicants: FASPE Medical is open to all current MD and DO students. FASPE programs are non-denominational. Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Students must arrive in Europe by June 16, 2018.
Deadline: December 19, 2017
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.

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 cfox@equalhealth.org with any questions.

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 lamontea@email.chop.edu and Dr. Ryan Close, Principal Investigator, at closer@email.chop.edu.
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.
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

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.

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.

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.

Eligible Applicants: Must apply prior to graduation from medical school (gap year may be taken immediately after graduation). Awards must be started between July 1, 2018, and September 15, 2018.
Deadline: December 1, 2017
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 (ggoetz@zoco.com). 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
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
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. 

Eligible Applicants: 2nd and 3rd year medical students not enrolled in MD/PhD programs. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Janelia Program: See website for specific application information about the Janelia program, including the note that applicants cannot concurrently have active applications for both the standard and the Janelia programs.
Deadline: January 11, 2018 (Janelia program requires a prescreening application by November 1, 2017)
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. 

Eligible Applicants: First preference is given to licensed physicians, although talented candidates who are concurrently pursing an M.D. may also be considered
Deadline: December 1, 2017 (to apply to HKS program; contact HKS regarding subsequent Fellowship application deadline, typically in February)
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, angela_zhang1@brown.edu; Caroline Gordon, caroline_gordon1@brown.edu; Kimberly Glerum, kim_glerum@brown.edu).

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.