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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 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:

Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical Students - The Epidemiology Elective Program introduces medical and veterinary student to applied epidemiology to applied epidemiology, public health, and global health. Students are assigned to one of the CDC's offices, as determined by the student's area of interest. Students in their 3rd year apply for a 6 to 8 week rotation in the fall or spring semester of their 4th year. Deadline to apply is late March. Website:

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:  

Hazelden 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. Deadline is March 1. Students cannot receive credit for this experience. Website:

HEART IM Clerkship (Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine) - Heart IM is a 4th year clerkship through the Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health that will provide 25 4th year medical students demonstrating an aptitude and interest in integrative medicine, social justice and activism, intentional community building, humanism, and/or personal growth a unique and wonderful way to conclude their medical school career and prepare for residency.  Students spend the one month elective in a cooperative living and learning environment.  For more information, visit

National Clinical Nutrition Internships - The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) offers 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. Deadline to apply is usually mid-March. Website:

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

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:

Ruth Jackson - Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship - The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship. One or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopaedics will be selected for this award.  The Jackson-Steindler Clerkship Awardees will participate in the clinical services at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, the educational programs including conferences and surgical skills education as well as have the opportunity to participate in research conferences.  The award will include support for housing and travel.  Application deadline is March 1.  For more information:

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:

Last modified: Oct 30, 2019