Research and Study Opportunities

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.

ASH HONORS (Hematology Opportunities for the Next Generation of Research Scientists) Award

The HONORS Award is intended for medical students and residents (residents are defined as trainees who have not yet entered a hematology-related training program) in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with an interest in hematology research. The award will provide the recipient with a $5,000 stipend to conduct either a short hematology research project for a maximum of three months, or a longer hematology research project between three and 12 months. The stipend will be distributed in installments, the last of which is dependent upon the receipt of the final report submitted by the recipient. All recipients will also receive $1,000 each year for two years to support attendance at the ASH annual meeting.

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants must be members of ASH in good standing, or have a membership application pending at the time the application is submitted, and remain members of ASH in good standing for the duration of the award funding period.
Deadline: February 19, 2016

If you have any questions or require any additional information regarding the HONORS Award, please contact

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.

HIVMA Medical Student Program
The HIV Medical Students program awards grants for up to three years to medical student and mentor pairs to support a longitudinal HIV-related clinical learning and/or research project and mentor relationship during medical school. 
Students and mentors have the flexibility in designing their curriculum to complement the school’s curriculum and training requirements. Mentors must be HIVMA/IDSA members and are required to demonstrate a commitment to student mentorship through the duration of the grant.
Medical students receive a $3,500 stipend per year with an additional $1,000 for the mentor/institution for incidental expenses, such as supplies, conference registration, etc. Students will submit a brief report at the end of each year. Students also will receive a free HIVMA/IDSA membership.
A brief evaluation will be conducted annually to assess the program and ongoing student interest and level of commitment. Funding for years two and three will be dependent on successfully meeting annual milestones set by the student and mentor.
Eligible Applicants: first, second, or third year medical students
Deadline: February 10, 2016

In addition to submitting the online application, applicants must email an updated CV and letter of support from HIVMA/IDSA mentor to Nathan Danskey.

Introduction to Chinese in Clinical Usage

A two-week summer course (offered in English) in “Introduction to Chinese in Clinical Usage” at the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine (Tainan, Taiwan) is offered for Brown PLME students and medical students. In 2016, dates are June 27-July 22, 2016. Tuition is covered by NCKU. Housing will be arranged by NCKU at a nominal cost. Total expenses include the plane ticket, food, and out of pocket expenses. Partial funding is available to support the travel to NCKU for the two-week course. 

Eligible Applicants: PLME students and medical students
Deadline: February 28, 2016

Discuss funding options with Dr. James Sung,,

Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and the Foundation for PM&R are excited to offer the annual Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS). This Program has been developed for first year medical students with strong research interests.  The program provides an exciting and structured research experience while exposing students to some of the most successful and respected faculty mentors in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is a specialty that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to patients with physical impairments or disabilities. This program is an eight-week summer externship offered to medical students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached stipend of $4,000.

Deadline: February 9, 2016

Please contact AAP Member Services Manager Amy Schnappinger with any questions.

The Dr. Oz Show student rotational program

Each year, The Dr. Oz Show's research team, headed by Dr. Michael Crupain, accepts student rotators to spend a month or two with the show between August and May. In addition, each year four medical students, who take a year off between third and fourth year, join the team. Both rotators and full time researchers do research for the show in order to develop and vet the medical information that appears on the show's media platforms. This position provides valuable experience in conducting research as well as developing good judgment for evaluating scientific research and interpreting it for the public. Students are exposed to a variety of important public health topics and learn how they can be addressed through education as well as policy and regulation. In addition, students have the unique chance to go behind the scenes of a TV show to see how it operates, and to gain valuable experience in a fast-paced working environment. Students also have an opportunity to meet influential members of the medical community, including show guests, which this year has so far included the Surgeon General, the director of the White House Office of the National Drug Control Policy, and the President of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Eligible Applicants: The Medical Student Producer role is a nine-month commitment from the beginning of August through the beginning of May. This is a paid, full-time position usually filled by students who have completed their third year and who wish to take a year off. The rotator position is a one or two month rotation (typically referred to as an internship here) that can be done between August and the end of April.
Deadline: Deadline for Medical Student Producer is February 24, 2016. The Medical Student Rotation Program has a rolling deadline.

 If you're interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Gretchen Goetz, Medical Associate Producer.  Please include the pertinent program in your subject line (i.e., "medical student producer" or "medical student rotation").

Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Zhejiang University School of Medicine

At Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China, PLME undergraduates and medical students may take one of the two 4-week Traditional Chinese Medicine programs in the summer. For 2016, the programs tentative dates are June 11-July 9, or July 16-August 13. The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese preferred at a conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience.  However, fluency is not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency and you will be paired one-on-one with a Chinese speaker. ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. The Pang Endowment provides a stipend. Discuss this option with Dean Ip.

Eligible Applicants: PLME undergraduates and medical students
Deadline: February 28, 2016
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
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.

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