Unique Elective Opportunities

The Annenberg Physician Training Program in Addictions is a four week experiential program in which you will have the opportunity to be "admitted" to a substance use disorder treatment program. You would not be emulating a physician, but rather a patient so as to learn through the eyes of the patient. You will have a mentor who will be available to answer any questions that might arise or work through any issues that take place. Program sites include locations in Bettendorf IA, Pueblo CO, Grand Rapids MI, and Gainesville FL. Most students participate in the summer, but the program year starts in January. Travel expenses will be reimbursed as well as room and board and a stipend of $1,000 is provided. This is a 24/7 program where you would not have weekends or evenings off any more than the patients would that are in the program. For more information, e-mail AnnenbergProgram@aol.com or call (212)731-0755.

Child Family Health International - CFHI offers Global Health Electives for Med Students and Pre-Meds and is now accepting applications for student programs. Students travel to Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Hicaragua and South Africa to immerse themselves in new cultural contexts and to learn about the way healthcare is practiced and experienced worldwide. Students come from nearly 600 of the top universities in the U.S. and the world. Scholarships are available. Website: www.cfhi.org.

Betty Ford Center Summer Institute - The Summer Institute for Medical Students is a unique learning experience for students to gain understanding and insight into addictive disease and the recovery process. Applicants will spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center. The program provides full scholarships for selected students which cover travel, lodging, tuition, material fees, daily transportation to and from the Center, and most meals. Priority deadline is January 31. Students cannot receive credit for this experience. Website: www.bettyfordcenter.org/education/summer-institute-for-medical-students.php

Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical Students - The Epidemiology Elective Program provides an introduction to preventive medicine, public health, and the principles of applied epidemiology to senior medical and veterinary students. Elective students have the opportunity to assist with epidemiologic investigations of infectious diseases, cancer, congenital malformations, environmental and occupational diseases, injuries, chronic diseases, and reproductive health. Students are assigned to one of the CDC's offices, as determined by the student's area of interest. The elective is offered each year from September through early June. Assignments are scheduled for a period of 6-8 weeks, depending on the student's program of study and elective schedule. For students entering September-December, application materials must be postmarked by March 30 of the applicant's junior year. For students entering January-June, application materials must be postmarked by May 30 of the applicant's junior year. Website: www.cdc.gov/eis/applyeis/elective.htm.

Harvard Medical School Visiting Clerkship Program - The Minority Faculty Development Program of Harvard Medical School sponsors a Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) for medical students, particularly African-American, Native-American and Hispanic-American students in their fourth year of medical school. Third-year medical students in their last quarter, who have completed core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics, are also eligible. The program will reimburse up to $400 toward the cost of traveling to and from Boston and will provide housing for participating students. Applications must be submitted at least 3 months before the desired rotation but no earlier than 6 months before the desired rotation. Website: mfdp.med.harvard.edu/dcp-programs/medicalgraduate/visiting-clerkship-program  

HEART (Humanistic Elective in Alternative Medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation) - AMSA developed HEART to continue the process of addressing the lack of attention given to integrative medicine, activism, student/physician well-being, and traditional medicine during medical school. Students spend the one month elective in a cooperative living and learning environment set among the redwoods at Quaker Center near Santa Cruz, CA. Fourth year medical students are invited to apply to HEART. Website: www.amsa.org/heart  or contact the student planning team at HEARTmed@gmail.com.

National Clinical Nutrition Internships - The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and The American Society for Clinical Nutrition (ASCN) are cosponsoring nutrition internships for medical students. Each student will work under a recognized authority in clinical nutrition in a U.S. medical school or hospital. The internships will last eight weeks and will usually be scheduled in the summer, but other times may be arranged. Each student will receive a $2,500 stipend for the eight-week internship. Application deadline is usually early February. Website: www.nutrition.org/education-and-professional-development/graduate-and-professional-development/clinical-nutrition-internship-program/.

Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) - The MRSP is designed for rising fourth-year students (initial clinical rotations completed), but does not exclude students from earlier years in medical school who have strong research interests from applying. While taking a year out from medical school can present many challenges for both the student and the school, the opportunities offered by the MRSP are truly phenomenal and make the challenges worthwhile. During the year, students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive Journal Club addressing major issues in clinical research.  Application cycle runs from early October - Mid-January.  For more information, visit www.cc.nih.gov/training/mrsp/index.html.

Medicine in the Wild - Offered by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS, this unique course is designed specifically for third and fourth year medical students and residents and is the ultimate combination of skills, leadership and medicine. Over the past two years students from 16 different medical schools have successfully participated in this program. Website: www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/medicineinthewild.shtml.

Scaife Advanced Medical Student Assistantship - This specialized program offers students training in the field of Addiction Services. Students who participate in this assistantship/clerkship will gain clinical experience in a variety of areas including screening and diagnosing substance use disorders, motivational interviewing skills, neonatal treatment of chemically dependent infants, maternal addiction, adult and adolescent substance use disorders and more. Participants will receive a $150 week stipend and a $200 transportation allowance for a total of $650 for the three weeks. Rooms and meals are also provided. The program is available in June or July, and the deadline to apply is late March. Early admission notification date is late January. Website: ireta.org/scaifestudentprogram.

Wilderness Medicine Elective - Earn the Advanced Wilderness Life Support Certificate (AWLS) and earn 2 or 4 weeks of senior credit during March. The AWLS program is a practical approach to the treatment of injuries and illnesses experienced at a distance from traditional medical assistance. Instruction concentrates on those injuries and illnesses most common to wilderness experiences, particularly those related to popular sports and activities. It is highly recommended for professionals participating in such adventure sports as hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, and white water river rafting where there is now a demand for "first response" treatment and the practice of wilderness medicine. Lectures will be provided on the campus of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Website: www.awlsmedstudents.org.

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