Electives and Externships

Betty Ford Center: Summer Institute for Medical Students
Purpose: The Summer Institute provides a unique learning experience for medical students to gain understanding and insight into addictive disease and the recovery process. Successful applicants spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center.
Eligibility: Open to all medical students
Funds: Tuition, travel, materials, and on-campus meals provided.

Joseph Skrajewski, Medical Education Coordinator at (760)773-4375

Deadline: Priority deadline: February 1, 2016; Final deadline: March 1, 2016
Center for Disease Control: Epidemiology Elective
Purpose: The purpose of the elective is to provide an introduction to preventive medicine, public health and the principles of applied epidemiology. Students are offered the opportunity to actively assist in the epidemiologic investigation of infectious diseases.
Eligibility: Third-year student at time of application

Applicants selected for the program must pay for

  • Round-trip transportation to their assigned CDC facility
  • Living expenses during the elective
Deadline: Application opens February 8, 2016. Fall Deadline: March 30, 2016 Spring Deadline: May 30, 2016
Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions
Purpose: Offers training in the field of Addiction Services.
Eligibility: Medical students
Funds: $650 for 3-week session
Deadline: March 13, 2015
Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship, University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Purpose: 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.  Successful applicants will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an interest in advancing diversity within the specialty of orthopaedics. The clerkship is not affiliated with the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation residency match program.
Eligibility: Beginning in Spring 2014, 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.
Funds: The award includes support for housing and travel.
Deadline: All application materials should be received by April 1, 2015. Awardees will be notified no later than April 30, 2015.
Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program
Purpose: To enable Jewish medical students to explore Jewish approaches to challenging medical issues confronting health care professionals.
Eligibility: Jewish medical students

Tuition, lodging and tours for the Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program cost $3,100. Airfare and meals are not included in this fee. The Maimonides Scholars Fellowship can award up to $2,400 of the program fee to an applicant based upon merit and financial need towards payment of the program. The program fee for a recipient of the full Maimonides Scholars Fellowship is $700.

Medical Students for Choice: Reproductive Health Externship Program
Purpose: To fund students’ efforts to obtain clinical exposure to abortion care through an externship.
Eligibility: Medical student in good standing
Funds: Funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants who meet all program requirements.

A complete funding application must be submitted to MSFC Headquarters for consideration at least 1 month prior to the start date of your externship.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Reproductive Health Externship manager by phone at (215) 625-0800 or via email at externs@msfc.org

National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse: Summer Scholarship

This unique rural alcohol and drug abuse conference provides participants the opportunity to personally interact with other rural alcohol and drug abuse professionals, federal agency representatives and nationally known institute faculty and resource individuals while accessing the latest in evidence-based practices for the improvement of rural services.

Eligibility: Medical students, residents, interns, and allied health professionals
Funds: The Scaife Family Foundation of West Palm Beach, Florida, is funding an undisclosed number of scholarships for medical students or Allied Health professionals interested in practicing in rural America. Assistance includes full conference registration, residence hall double room and on-campus meals. A $500 stipend will also be awarded to select scholarship recipients for travel expenses.
Deadline: Priority deadline: March 31, 2016
Paul Ambrose Scholars Program
Purpose: The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level. 
Eligibility: Students who have a MPH degree are not eligible.
Funds: Full scholarship to attend a 4-day symposium in Washington, DC.
Deadline: For more information please contact pasp@aptrweb.org
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago: Summer Externship Program
Purpose: This program offers a unique and early clinical exposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. The Summer Externship timeframe is from June 6 - July 29, 2016.
Eligibility: Students between their first and second years of medical school
Funds: $3,000 stipend
Deadline: January 4, 2016. Please call the Medical Education Office at (312) 238-2870 or email Ms. Diane Ross at dross@ric.org with questions regarding the application process.
Illinois SEARCH Program

The Illinois SEARCH Program offers training opportunities for health professions students and primary care residents at 19 Community Health Centers, many with multiple sites. NHSC scholars will be given preference in placement. Each student will be assigned to a preceptor at the CHC site, and complete the IL SEARCH curriculum which includes a half-day orientation and completion of community and cultural assessment projects. In addition, students can complete an optional community-oriented project that addresses an aspect of CHC practice. Please see the fact sheet for more information.

Eligibility: Must have begun health professions training.

The Program pays $100 for each participating student with an additional $100 for each student that completes a community project.  Housing/travel stipends may also be available.


Please contact Leola Mitchell or Ruth Arway with questions regarding the application process.

AMA JAMA Elective
Purpose: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) offers a 4-week elective in medical editing for fourth-year medical students.
Eligibility: Fourth-year medical students

Contact Robert Golub, MD, JAMA Senior Editor, for more information.