Research and Study Opportunities
American-Scandinavian Foundation: Various Funding for Study or Research in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden
The American Scandinavian Foundation has compiled a list of funding sources for students interested in conducting research in any of the Scandinavian countries.
Atraves Work Across Borders
Atraves welcomes health professionals of all types—physicians, nurses, dentists, ophthalmologists, therapists, etc.—to join us at any time during the year you may be able to donate your time. Depending on the season, we may have ongoing health services that you can participate in, or we may ask you to help fundraise the supplies and medicine needed to carry out your work.
Children Without Borders
Medical students are invited to spend their summer or time off in Costa Rica. This is a non-profit organization that provides life saving medical care to children and health education for families in underserved countries available through their student intern program. Students will be able to offer care-giving and educational activities while working alongside experienced physicians.
Dr. George Whitelaw, Co-Founder Children Without Borders
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.
Himalayan Health Exchange
Himalayan Health Exchange will organize medical/dental camps in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands in 2013- 14.Participation is open to: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health 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.
Note: 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.
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Rasin Foundation Cross-cultural Medicine Program in Haiti
The Cross-Cultural Medicine program seeks to provide an opportunity for service for medical students, residents, fellows, mid-level practitioners and practicing health care professionals in helping to deliver medical care at the Rasin Foundation’s medical clinic in Petite Rivière in Leogane, Haiti. This program enables the participants to develop a deeper understanding of the determinants of health in a semi-rural community, master the art of history and physical exam as the most accurate method for formulating a differential diagnosis in resource-limited settings, initiate public health interventions while learning about the Haitian culture. Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 weeks which can also be expanded based on mutual interest. Opportunities also exist for individuals interested in learning Haitian Creole during the rotation. The Cross-cultural medicine program is directed by Dr. Arielle Adrien, 3rd year clerkship site director and assistant professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is also the current board president of RasinFoundation, a small Massachusetts based non-profit organization dedicated to improve rural health in Haiti.
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer in rural Western Honduras
Shoulder to Shoulder has been working in the Intibucá Honduras for more than 20 years working with communities to reduce poverty through programs in health, education, nutrition and environmental hygiene. Shoulder to Shoulder is a long-standing partnership between communities in Western Honduras and multiple Departments of Family Medicine and other institutions in the US. Several Brown medical students, undergrads, residents, and faculty have taken part.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Abroad
Medical students may go to Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou (ZUSM) for 1 or 2 months on a clinical elective. PLME undergraduates and medical students may take a 4 to 6-week Traditional Chinese Medicine program. The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese is a must (at least conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience). ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student.
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)
Boston University Minority Medical Student Subsidized Electives
The Subsidized Elective Program, sponsored by the Minority Recruitment Program allows qualified 4th year medical students that are considering applying to one of our residency programs the opportunity to have their housing, travel, and living costs subsidized during the visiting elective. In addition, students will meet minority housestaff and faculty, as well as have the opportunity to explore the city of Boston.
Epidemiology and Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students
This elective program introduced preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology to senior medical students. Students can assist with epidemiological investigations based on their preference of study in areas such as infectious diseases, cancer, congenital malformations, etc. The elective is offered each year from September through early June for a period of 6-8 weeks.
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.
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 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.
Annual Conferences and Meetings
Columbia Surgery & John Jones Surgical Society Symposium
You are invited to attend the Columbia University Department of Surgery’s Symposium held in conjunction with the John Jones Surgical Society’s 13th Annual Spring Meeting, “New Technology in Surgery". We hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative symposium. Registration can be completed online; click the category for external students. The symposium will take place Friday, May 10.
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
The Humanitarian Initiative is offering two events for students with a particular interest in international humanitarian assistance in conflict and disasters:
- The Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI) is an intensive training program that works in collaboration with many of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations to link students, residents and faculty to fieldwork, research and policy in the humanitarian arena. The HIS Certificate Program trains students in issues critical to humanitarian assistance which includes a three-day field simulation. This program runs from April 16-28, 2013 in Boston.
- The International Humanitarian Association (IHSA) World Conference of Humanitarian Studies TBD. This conference will bring together the wider audience of academics and practitioners in the field of humanitarian assistance.
National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students Scholarship Program
Once a year, family medicine residents and medical students come together to engage in real talk about family medicine. Don’t miss your chance to make important connections, and learn about everything from how to handle sports injuries to the social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities. Applications are being accepted for the Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students conference scheduled for August 1-3 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Various scholarships exist in the amount of $600 in order to attend this conference.
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.
DCYF Internship in Social Security Trust Program
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) seeks medical student interns to assist with Social Security disability claims for children and young adults in state care. Standard internships last between 6 and 12 weeks, including summer, and depending on program and curriculum requirements. Hours are 9am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday, flexible for school and work needs. Each internship is non-paid but offers community service recognition by DCYF. The primary role of the intern will be to assist caseworkers by matching children’s medical records to the SSI claims, which will expose medical students to many combinations of disabilities, symptoms, and related diagnoses.
Ron Sanda, Sr. Human Services Business Officer, Ron.Sanda@dcyf.ri.gov or (401)528-365
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 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.
International Opportunity Databases
PSR Health Professional Student Fellowship
In order to address the lack of advocacy training provided to health professionals and their related students, PSR is launching a program to certify students as “PSR Health Professional Student Ambassadors.” Through a series of educational modules, conference calls, and in-person trainings at the local, regional, or national level, health professional student participants will become certified in various global issues. PSR is offering a PSR Student Fellowship. This position will be full-time and located at the national PSR office in Washington, DC. The student, a medical or graduate level allied-health student will be offered this full-time one year position either during a sabbatical year from their program or at the end of their formal training. This is a paid position. The primary role of the Fellow will be development and launching of the PSR Student Ambassador program. To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and salary requirements, resume, and three supervisory references to email@example.com. Applications accepted until position is filled.
Rotations at NIOSH for Health Hazard Evaluations (HHEs)
NIOSH, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducts HHes in all types of industries and workplaces throughout the US. Students will participate in labor-management meetings observe work tasks, interview workers and perform medical examinations, if needed. Activities may include epidemiologic studies, biological and environmental testing, and review of medical records and worksite illness/injury logs. The student conducts further research on a specific topic, completes data analyses, or performs other relevant tasks to create a presentation of their findings to HHE staff at the end of the rotation. Rotation length can be adapted to the student's needs.
If interested, please contact Judith Eisenberg, MD, MS (Jeisenberg@cdc.gov / 513-841-4468)
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.
Tulane University School of Medicine Master's Programs
Tulane University School of Medicine is pleased to offer two unique programs for recently graduated medical students.
- Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods: This one-year program takes place in New Orleans.
- Executive Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods: Medical school graduates can choose a one-year distance learning program, with four required weekends in New Orleans.
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