Research and Study Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute Summer Scholars Program

The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute is pleased to announce the Hassenfeld Scholars Summer Program for Brown University trainees including undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.  The program is made possible through the generous support of the family of Alan Hassenfeld.  Selected Scholars will participate in a full time 10-week internship in the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Initiative and receive a $3500 stipend for the internship. The Hassenfeld Scholars Summer Program will embrace Brown’s “learning by doing” approach to engaged scholarship.  This will provide Hassenfeld Scholars the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the work of the Institute while gaining the knowledge, skills, perspective and experience they will need to become the next generation of child health leaders. For more information, email

Summer Project

The project will empirically measure the statistical strength of replicability for controlling type I error in systematic reviews and meta-analyses, which are key methodologies for making informed healthcare decisions, and accordingly, we will demonstrate how evidence on replicability can increase confidence in the conclusions of systematic reviews. As new methods for quantifying replicability become available and allow systematic reviewers and end-users of evidence synthesis to objectively judge whether evidence is replicable, we will utilize such methods to conduct replicability analyses that will assess and quantify the extent of replicability in metaanalyses of clinical trials. We will harness the large number of systematic reviews indexed in the Cochrane Library and AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program and demonstrate that incorporating statistical evidence on replicability into systematic reviews allows for more efficient judgements on evidence consistency compared to current approaches of grading the strength of evidence (SOE), thereby increasing the utility and comprehensiveness of synthesized evidence. The project has two components: 1) empirically measure replicability in existing meta-analyses to determine the proportion of outcomes supported by replicable evidence, and 2) examine whether quantification of replicability improves grades of SOE.

For more information, please contact Orestis Panagiotou at

Summer Research Training Program for Minority Medical Students at Harvard Medical School

Through the Summer Research Training Program for Minority Medical Students, under-represented minority medical school students have the opportunity to participate in a 2 to 3 month summer research training experience working in the laboratory of a program preceptor. The Program for Training in Sleep, Circadian and Respiratory Neurobiology, at Harvard Medical School and Affiliated Institutions, strongly encourages underrepresented minority applicants to all of its programs. Applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2017. Admissions will be made on a rolling basis; hence, it is best to apply early. 

Three important features of our Summer Research Training Program for Minority Medical Students are:
The ability to offer expert training in physiology and pathophysiology in both human and experimental animal models of human sleep disorders. 
The ability to provide specific training in molecular and genetic approaches to the study of sleep and circadian rhythm disorders. 
A broad scope of disciplines and a variety of methodological approaches are available for training within the field of sleep, circadian and respiratory physiology and neurobiology research.

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

Himalayan Health Exchange will organize it's 22nd annual medical & dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands  in 2017. 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 is limited to 30 on each trip. Supervision is provided by US board certified physicians. Participants are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period.

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. Applications are now open for the IVHQ Medical Volunteer Abroad Scholarship. This scholarship offers the opportunity to participate on a 2-week medical volunteer abroad placement in the destination of the recipient’s choice. The scholarship includes a US$1000 flight voucher from STA Travel, as well as a comprehensive volunteer travel insurance package from World Nomads. The registration fee and volunteer program fee will be covered by IVHQ. Medical volunteer abroad placements are available with IVHQ in various healthcare fields, including general medicine, nursing, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, speech therapy, psychiatry, lab technology, midwifery, paramedics, radiology, and more. The scope of volunteer work depends on your specific experience and qualification levels, and you will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and cross-cultural learnings with local healthcare professionals, as well as other international volunteers. Our all-inclusive medical volunteer placements provide students and professionals with comprehensive pre-departure support services and training, as well as in-country program orientations, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.

Medical Student Elective Course in Wilderness Medicine

This week-long expedition 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.  Earn optional Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification and 20 CMEs.  In addition to focusing on wilderness medicine, participants will also learn whitewater safety and paddling skills, knot tying, and tropical natural history. The class starts and ends at the San Jose, Costa Rica airport.  From there we’ll take a chartered bus to Hacienda Baru, a rustic eco-lodge which boasts its own Pacific beach, miles of trails, zip lines, a small restaurant/bar, and a delightful pool.  We’ll spend mornings and evenings in class, leaving most afternoons free for swimming, surfing, hiking, studying, or just hanging out.  In addition to medical classes we’ll enjoy a tree top canopy tour and zip line, night hikes, a natural history tour, and whitewater rafting. 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

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. 2016 marked the fourth year of the course. The course pedagogy includes field visits, classroom-based presentations and discussions, group reflections, student presentations, films, and bedside teaching. These approaches create an interactive learning environment where students participate as both learners and teachers. 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.

The course will run from July 9-29, 2017 in Haiti's Central Plateau. Student applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please email with any questions.

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)

Clinical Electives Program

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.

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
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.
Together with critical stakeholders, we are committed to:
Improving the health and wellbeing of those underrepresented and underserved in health care through continuous quality improvement initiatives, health equity research, inclusion science, implementation science, outcomes research and community based participatory research.
Creating health equity and inclusion best practices for patient care and pipeline programs for learners, faculty and staff.
Transforming health care by creating a climate and culture that promotes inclusion, cultural sensitivity, diversity, and health equity.
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 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.

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.
Applicants must be fourth year medical students in good standing at their respective LCME-accredited schools in the United States. 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 under served.

Other Opportunities

AAMC List of Clinical and Research 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 Compiled Research Opportunities
American Society of Anesthesiologists
By becoming a member of ASA, you are joining over 53,000 members (over 1,700 of which are medical students) of the premier society dedicated to anesthesiology. Anesthesiologists do more than just administer anesthesia — they serve as an advocate for patient safety and work as part of a collaborative team to provide effective care and treatment in the operating room and throughout the critical perioperative period.
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
Are you interested in public health, social media, or medical television? If so, this is the internship for you! The Dr. Oz Show, is looking for medical students to come join our team in New York City. The show relies on its medical students to make sure all information that airs is medically accurate. This means you¹ll be reviewing scripts, briefing Dr. Oz on medical topics before tapings, and reviewing footage before it airs to make sure it¹s medically sound. In other words, you¹ll be heavily involved in the production process. You¹ll also have a chance to explore your creative side by writing radio scripts for Dr. Oz and designing medical animations that air on the show. Through this experience, you will also get the chance to meet important members of the medical community like Dr. Sanjay Gupta MD and the Surgeon General. We have two opportunities available to medical students, described below. If you¹re interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Gretchen Goetz, Medical Associate Producer, at We look forward to seeing you in the Big Apple!
Medical Student Producer
This is an eight to nine-month, full-time, paid position that will run throughout the show's ninth season, from the beginning of August through the beginning of May. It is typically filled by 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 must be able to take a year off from school, as these are full-time positions. Candidates should have an interest in health media, but experience in a media-related field is not required.
The offices for The Dr Oz Show are located in Manhattan. Episodes tape in front of a live studio audience and air daily around the U.S. and several other countries around the world!
The term of the position runs from about August of 2017 to May of 2018.
If you are interested in working with us, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working for the show, along with a resume/CV to Associate Medical Producer Gretchen Goetz ( by FEBRUARY 28, 2017. [Please make sure you include the phrase "medical student producer" in the subject line of your email to ensure your application is processed.] 
Medical Student Rotation
This is a one-month, full-time rotation working in the show's offices in Manhattan. Medical student rotators work under the direction of the show¹s medical director with the medical research team to conduct research for shows, develop messaging for scripts, and generate ideas for shows and other media platforms.  Rotators are a valuable part of the Medical Unit and get to see and take part in all aspects of the show¹s production.  This is a unique experience and allows students to learn about how the media works, how to communicate to a lay audience about important health topics, and how to conduct research and evaluate evidence.
Medical student rotators must receive credit for the rotation at their institution, as this is a non-paid internship. Rotators are responsible for finding accommodations if they do not live in New York City.  Rotation slots are available from August through April.
If you are interested in rotating with us, please send a brief cover letter explaining your interest in working for the show, along with a resume/CV to Associate Medical Producer Gretchen Goetz ( [Please make sure you include the phrase "medical student rotation" in the subject line of your email to ensure your application is processed.]
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
Medical Education Fellowship for Medical Students - University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Now in its fourth year, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is continuing to offer a one year medical education fellowship to a medical student after completion of year 2 of the traditional MD curriculum.  Through our Educational Development Office, this fellow will work primarily on our ‘Cane Academy initiative, working directly with our senior instructional designer and other members of the medical education administration. The ‘Cane Academy initiative assists in creating a competency-based, self-directed curriculum that leverages educational technology including but not limited to online modules with short videos, self-assessment questions, and in class problem solving sessions leading to formative and summative assessments.  This fellow must already have expertise in instructional technology resources to assist in growing the initiative and will work collaboratively with faculty and the senior instructional designer on technological solutions for blended learning.  A graduate student stipend for the year will be provided along with support for travel to medical education conferences.

For more information, please contact David Green, M.S., senior instructional designer, 

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
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 an residency interview with our program. The current stipend is $25,000. Applications are being accepted for two positions.

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