Research and Study Opportunities

Neurosurgery 101 Course for Medical Students March 14-15, 2014, St. Louis, Missouri

The course will include both didactic and hands-on segments.  The didactic segment will include a thorough review of the surgical aspects of neuro-anatomy via live 3-D demonstrations and lectures, while the hands-on portion will provide students with the opportunity to practice neurosurgical procedures on specially prepared cadaveric specimens. Not only are we looking to host medical students who know that they want to go into neurosurgery, we would like to see students who are merely interested in the field to attend as well. Students who are accepted will be able to attend this course at no cost.  We will also provide hotel accommodations at no cost.  Since there are a limited number of positions, our organizing committee will make the final selections to represent each region of the country.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students

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 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.
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.

Eligible Applicants: physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and medical, dental, nursing and public health students
Deadline: November – June

Ravi   Phone: (404) 929-9399 or
William Alto MD < >  
Assistant Clinical Professor, 
Univ of Washington School of Medicine
Faculty Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency

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

Annual Conferences and Meetings

National Med-Peds Residency Association Conference

The Brown Med-Peds Residency will be hosting the 2014 northeast regional National Med Peds Residency Association (NMPRA) conference at Brown University on Saturday May 17, 2014 and you are all invited! This year’s conference title is “Let’s Talk about Sex! And the Intersection of Clinical Practice, Health Policy and Sexual Health”. Conference topics will focus on the difficult to talk about topic of “sex” within specific patient populations including LGBTQ community, cancer survivors, individuals with disabilities and victims of sexual assault. We will also have experts talking about the impact of health policy on sexual health. We will be hosting a poster session featuring Med-Peds topics and case reports.  Medical students are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. To sign up, please follow the link: If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Chow (

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: April 18. 2014 to submit abstracts
Treating and Defeating Hep C in Rhode Island Student Abstract Competition

This educational conference is designed for physicians and other health care practitioners (nurse practitioners and other nursing professionals, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers) who are involved (or soon to be involved) in the diagnosis and management of patients with HCV infection. This conference is particularly relevant for practitioners in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, infectious diseases, HIV, corrections, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry and public health. For more information email

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
Deadline: May 2, 2014 to and

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 Compiled Research Opportunities
Beyond the Biological Basis for Disease

July 2014 will mark the launch of the second annual “Beyond the Biological Basis for Disease” course in Haiti.  This annual three-week course, which is designed for health profession students of all levels (including but not limited to those studying medicine, nursing, midwifery, and public health), links tropical medicine with social medicine teaching.  The course will be taught in French. This course represents the first site expansion of a course that has been offered for the past four years in Gulu, Uganda by SocMed.   SocMed’s implementing partner in the launch of the Haiti course is Physicians for Haiti, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Haiti’s next generation of health professionals through professional development and continuing education.

Eligible Applicants: Medical school students fluent in French
Community Outreach and Research Project

Researchers at Brown University and the medical school-affiliated hospitals are seeking a Brown University medical, PLME, graduate or undergraduate student interested in a community outreach and research project on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV PREP) for men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) in Providence. The student chosen for the project would receive a stipend/salary for an expected 10-12 weeks of full-time work during summer 2014. There is a possibility that the outreach and research project can be continued after the summer. Interested students should send a brief description of why they are interested and a resume. The project involves providing information about HIV PREP to MSM at MSM venues that might cater to higher HIV risk individuals, e.g., bathhouses, strip clubs, video parlors, clubs, etc. The student would be expected to help set up the information program and provide information at these venues, so comfort and ability to go to these venues is an important pre-requisite. Email for more information.

Eligible Applicants: All medical school students
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
Israel Outdoors

This coming June 2014, Taglit-Birthright Israel, Israel Outdoors, and the American Physicians and Friends for Medicine in Israel will once again be partnering to provide a free 10-day experience in Israel designed for Jewish medical students and nursing students (including admitted students) ages 22-26. This enhanced Birthright Israel experience combines all of the highlights of an Israel tour along with special medical programming and speakers which highlight the unique aspects of medicine in Israel. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Israel and also network with Israeli peers.

Eligible Applicants: Jewish medical school students
One-Year Medical Student Research Opportunity in Ophthalmology

The New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has an exciting and unique research opportunity for a highly motivated medical student. The research involves the clinical applications of high-speed ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT). The student will have the opportunity to design, initiate, and complete clinical studies on the utility of this device in retinal diseases and glaucoma. A background in engineering or computer science is preferred. This is a one-year, full time commitment starting in July 2014. A stipend of $25,000 per year is available.

For more information contact Dr. Jay Duker at

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  Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Eligible Applicants: medical students planning sabbatical year
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.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: Varies

If interested, please contact Judith Eisenberg, MD, MS ( / 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.

Eligible Applicants: All medical students
Deadline: rolling