Research and Study Opportunities

2016 Simon Kramer Externship in Radiation Oncology
The Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is offering the annual Simon Kramer Society Externship in Radiation Oncology. This externship was established for the purpose of exposing medical students to the discipline of radiation oncology and provides up to two students each year with the opportunity to spend six weeks in our Department working on a research project and participating in clinical and educational activities. You must be a first or second year student in good standing in an accredited U.S. Medical School in order to be considered for this externship. The start and end dates will be determined with the students after the selection process, but must occur between June and August.
Eligible Applicants: Open to first & second year medical College students
Deadline: April 15, 2016

Students should complete the application and return it via email to

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program
The Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP), part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative, is an 8- to 12-week research experience for students from the United States and Canada in their early years of medical school. As part of this experience, students collaborate with an ASH member who serves as their research mentor. Program participants are also paired with an ASH member who serves as a career-development mentor throughout the participants' medical schooling and residency.
At the end of the research experience, students present their findings at the Promoting Minorities in Hematology Presentations at the ASH annual meeting. After the research year, the students remain involved with ASH throughout medical school and residency to keep them engaged in the study of hematology and to help them gain valuable knowledge in the field. In addition, students who participate in this program may apply to the program for a second summer research experience.
Eligible Applicants: For the purposes of this program, minority is defined as individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences in the United States and Canada, including American Indians or Alaska Natives, Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, African Canadians, Innuit, and First Nation Peoples. Thus, applicants must self-identify, and participants are drawn from this pool.
Deadline: March 7, 2016 @ 12pm

Questions or requests for additional information regarding the MMSAP can be directed to the ASH Awards Department or by phone at 202-776-0544.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowship

The Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects must be focused on studying cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The grant award includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week period. 

Research Fellowship: The Student Summer Research Fellowship is awarded for research into community health and cultural competency issues. Although this is a research-based Fellowship, the focus should be on humanistic patient care and as such the proposal should show significant interaction with the target population.
Service Fellowship: The Student Summer Service Fellowship is intended to provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The Foundation’s goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.
Eligible Applicants: Medical students at an accredited U.S. or Canadian school
Deadline: March 18, 2016

For more information regarding the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Research Institute, please visit the website.

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

The purpose of the ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education, in an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice. Two award winners will be chosen, and they will be introduced to the discipline of radiation oncology and exposed to clinical, basic and translational research questions. Each winner will receive:

  • A $2,500 stipend for an eight-week training program.
  • An additional $1,000 upon completion of a final report.
  • Another $1,000 to be applied toward attendance at the 2017 ASTRO Annual Meeting.
Eligible Applicants: Medical students from backgrounds under-represented in medicine are eligible to apply for this award. Preference will be given to first and second year students, though all years may apply.
Deadline: March 4, 2016

The eligibility requirements and the application form are available here.

Camp Cardio & Camp Neuro Funded/Volunteer Opportunities
Camp Cardiac, founded in collaboration with Northwestern University medical students in Chicago in 2010, and Camp Neuro, founded in collaboration with Washington University medical students in Saint Louis in 2013, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.  While Camp Cardiac focuses on care and maintenance of the heart, and Camp Neuro focuses on the care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology, both camps are broadly intended to provide an opportunity for high school students considering a career in medicine.  Due to the large amount of interest and positive feedback, we've expanded the camps to 34 cities nationwide over the past several years, and plan to offer the camp in Providence this summer.
As part of these plans, we're recruiting Brown medical students to write/implement the curriculum and/or serve as camp counselors.  If you are interested in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and/or Psychology, this is a great way to start networking with some of the top physicians and learn more about the field.  In addition, regardless of your preferred specialty, this is a wonderful opportunity for any medical student interested in introducing high school students to the field of medicine.
Eligible Applicants: first year medical students

An information meeting will be held in Providence this winter.  If you're interested in attending the meeting and learning more, please email the President of our organization, Mr. Michael Yensel.

University of Colorado School of Medicine: Southeast Wilderness/Austere Medicine Class


A weeklong adventure-medicine class designed for first year medical students.  Canoe Alabama’s remote Escatawpa, a swift moving, “blackwater” river noted for beautiful white sandbars, numerous swim holes, and rich wildlife.  Learn wilderness and austere medicine skills on a real-world canoe expedition, taught by University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.  Earn optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) certification.  Includes local transportation (from Mobile), instruction, tuition, canoes and canoeing gear, group gear, food, and supplies.  No experience necessary and while designed for first year med students, open to post grad health profession students of any year or field.
Cost is $950 ($1195 with AWLS certification) if registered before January 31st, which includes a $100 “early-bird” discount.
Location: The Escatawpa River in Southwest Alabama. Class starts and ends in Mobile, Alabama.
Eligible Applicants: First year medical students

For more information, please email Dr. Todd Miner or call him at 607-592-5224.

International Opportunities

Children’s Well-Being Foundation Internship

Children’s Well-Being Foundation, founded by Dr. George Whitelaw in 2007, is a registered non-profit operating 3 clinics for underserved children in Costa Rica. Our motto - treat, educate, and empower – asserts our commitment to providing quality care to impoverished families, as well as giving them tools to manage their health. College and high school students have the opportunity to be part of the care CWB provides in Costa Rica.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
CIEE Teaching Abroad

Interested in teaching in Chile, China, Spain or Thailand for a year? This program allows students to live and work overseas while learning and interacting with the local people, culture and language. CIEE negotiates a placement teaching English, offers a local stipend and temporary housing.

Eligible Applicants: Bachelor's degree, English fluency, teaching experience preferred but not required
Deadline: Varies by location
Himalayan Health Exchange International Health Expeditions

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Participation is open to medical students. Faculty members are welcome to join any expedition. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants. Students and residents participation is limited to 30 on each trip.

International Opportunities for AMS Students 2015
Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program


Based on the success of our Jewish Medical Ethics Summer Program over the past sixteen years, we are pleased to offer the four week program again this summer in Jerusalem, Israel. The program will be held July 4 - July 28, 2016. 
The program features a course in Jewish medical ethics combined with workshops on Jewish thought and exciting tours and hikes throughout Israel. The purpose of the program is to enable 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 faculty includes renowned medical ethicists, doctors, professors and scholars of contemporary Jewish law and philosophy. The medical ethics curriculum incorporates the case-study method and hospital rounds, and qualifies for elective medical school credit.
Deadline: March 7, 2016

For inquiries, please contact

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.

Eligible Applicants: Must be 18 or older
Deadline: Rolling Deadline

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 medical students
Deadline: varies according to rotation dates; generally four months prior to rotation month
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: Completed applications must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to start of elective.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical/Research Electives

The NIH offers a variety of short-term clinical rotations and research elective opportunities, as well as specialized "year out" programs designed to provide advanced training in basic science, translational research, or clinical research, to highly qualified medical and dental students.

Eligible Applicants: All students in good standing
Deadline: Rolling
National Institutes of Health Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Electives Program (CEP) offers senior medical and dental students a wide variety of short-term clinical and research-oriented elective rotations at the NIH Clinical Center, the nation's largest hospital devoted entirely to clinical research, located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The CEP provides students with unique exposure to state-of-the-art medical care and translational research supervised by world-renowned clinician-scientists. All elective rotations are offered for academic credit.

Annual Conferences and Meetings

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) Annual Meeting
The ASTMH Annual Meeting draws tropical medicine and global health professionals representing academia, government, non-profits, philanthropy, NGOs, industry, military and private practice. The meeting is designed for researchers, professors, government and public health officials, military personnel, travel clinic physicians, practicing physicians in tropical medicine, students and all health care providers working in the fields of tropical medicine, hygiene and global health. 
The Annual Meeting is a five-day educational conference, that includes four pre-meeting courses, and draws approximately 4,400 attendees.
The Call for Abstracts will be available in early March, and due by April 20, 2016.
Awards are available to provide support for selected students and young investigators from the United States and abroad to travel to and attend the 2016 ASTMH 65th Annual Meeting. 
Deadline: April 20, 2016

Have a question about anything related to the Annual Meeting? Please contact, Phone: +1-847-686-2238. 

Other Opportunities

AAMC List of Clinical and Research Opportunities
AAMC Summer Medical Student Internship

The AAMC is seeking a medical student intern to work with Careers in Medicine and Financial Information Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST) staff on various projects related to the administrative, marketing, and communication efforts of both programs. The qualified individual will possess excellent communication skills, proficiency with social media platforms, experience working with Excel, Word, etc., and ideally, will have financial aid/financial literacy skills/knowledge.

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 Compiled Research Opportunities
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 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
International Opportunity Databases

A couple of organizations have compiled databases for research opportunities, electives, internships, etc.:
International Federation of Medical Students Association:

International Health Opportunities from AMSA:

Eligible Applicants: varies
Deadline: varies
Samaritans of Rhode Island Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Improve your listening skills by becoming a volunteer for The Samaritans of RI Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline/Listening Line. A fellow Brown medical student said of the experience, “As someone who hopes to pursue a career in medicine, I know this experience will help me so much in the future, in terms of knowing how to communicate with patients and truly listen to what they are trying to tell me. I absolutely know this will make me a better physician, and I am thankful to the Samaritans for teaching me these skills.” Fall Training Classes Begin in September. Medical students eligible for Brown Financial aid may be eligible for Off Campus Work-Study when volunteering for The Samaritans. Please check with your financial aid adviser in the Medical School.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: rolling
UPenn List of Opportunities