Research and Study 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.
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.
Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is now accepting applications from MD students for a fellowship that uses the conduct of medical professionals in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week summer program about contemporary medical ethics. Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing their profession today. All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.
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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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)
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
Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference
On April 5, 2014 from 7:30AM to 6:00PM, the Biomedical Science Careers Program will host its 12th biennial student conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA. The conference is meant to provide over 1,000 African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students/fellows with an opportunity to network with advisors/role models from the basic and clinical sciences, medicine, public health, academic administration, and biotechnology/pharmaceutical industries, and to allow them to network with each other. The conference will include a dinner and keynote address, as well as interactive workshops.
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.
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).
Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)
The Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an 8 week mentored summer research program open to first and second year US medical school students particularly underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged individuals from accredited US medical schools. The six VRIP students are responsible for the completion of a mentored research project, a written abstract, paper and oral presentation summarizing their findings. Students are also encouraged to participate in the New England Science Symposium. NESS is an annual research symposium held at HMS for minority college, medical, and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from around the US.
Health Equity Scholars Program
The Health Equity Scholars Program (HESP) is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine—a division of the National Institutes of Health. The program was developed to engage and develop the next generation of leaders in eliminating health disparities. For the spring 2013 class, four graduate students will be selected via a competitive application process to complete a six-month internship program (January through June 2014) and receive a $2,000 stipend. Designed for students currently enrolled in their graduate studies, interns are required to telecommute for a total of 200 hours (approximately 10 hours/week) and work on projects spanning the breadth of the organization's programmatic activities. Most importantly, HESP interns will be mentored by national health equity experts, will learn health equity basics from our innovative curriculum, and will even be assisted in submitting their HESP work products for peer review and publication.
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.
HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program
A year of basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Additional Medical Fellows conducting research in the following areas may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI.
HHMI Summer Medical Fellows Program
8-10 weeks of research in an HHMI laboratory. The program is primarily aimed at students who wish to explore the summer research experience with the intent of applying for the year-long program.
International Opportunity Databases
Medical Research Scholars Program at the NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 2014 Medical Student Summer Fellowship Research Program
This is an eight week research program for students interested in oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. Students will gain clinical or laboratory research experience; interact with physicians, PhD investigators, fellows, and graduate students; attend a lecture series; present their summer research; and receive a $5800 stipend.
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.
The Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students (SIMS)
The program funds each student's travel to the Betty Ford Center, lodging, and most meals for a week. There are 7 week-long sessions throughout the summer and the program is designed so that students in each week are second-years or fourth-years from different medical schools to facilitate a variety of perspectives during discussions. In addition to attending lectures on addiction and the logistics of a rehabilitation center, students attend small group therapy sessions and activities and meetings with patients or their families.
The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship designed to increase the pool of physicians with a population health perspective. Eight competitively selected fellows spend 10–12 months at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offices in Atlanta, GA, where they carry out epidemiologic analyses in various areas of public health. Examples of previous and current areas of concentration include viral and bacterial diseases, cardiovascular health, obesity prevention, birth defects, STDs, injury prevention, and air pollution and respiratory health.
The Summer Research Assistantship in Emergency Medicine 2014 (SRA-EM)
Students who are awarded an SRA-EM ($3500 for MD students) will carry out their research project at a Brown-affiliated hospital between June and August, under the supervision and mentorship of a Brown emergency medicine faculty member. Interested students must contact ONLY the EM faculty who have listed their research on the web site at http://www.brown.edu/academics/medical/plme/current-students/enrichment-activities/research-opportunities/summer-research-assistantship-emergenc, where you can also download the application materials. NOTE: Students should be prepared to possibly work nights and/or weekends if they are offered an SRA-EM. Students are urged to contact the faculty sponsor/mentor before Winter Break to allow time to thoughtfully plan out a research proposal.
Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program in Kidney Disease
This program provides an opportunity for medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of Nephrology and/or Hypertension during the summer between the first and second year, or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required. The program does provide a stipend.