Start your summer off on the right foot

Any current Ohio State University medical student has the opportunity to participate in the Department of Family and Community Medicine Summer Externship, which is offered between the first and second year of medical school. Students can pursue either the Clinical Externship or the Clinical Research Externship.

Clinical Externship 

The Clinical Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of family practice, especially in underserved areas. Students are matched with a rural or urban preceptor, spending time in the preceptor’s office. The students' experiences vary depending on the preceptor and student interests. Students learn in a variety of different settings including hospitals, outpatient and rehabilitation centers. They may engage with various healthcare providers in academic, rural, urban, private and/or public facilities.

Clinical Research Externship

The Clinical Research Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of primary care research. The student extern is matched with a family medicine faculty member to pursue a project developed by the student under the faculty member's supervision or to contribute to a faculty member's ongoing research. There are a variety of research activities with which the student can participate and qualify for funding. The program sometimes offers funding and students should seek MDSR funding as the first option.