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Summer Opportunities for Medical Students

Summer opportunities for students at the College of Medicine are always a work in progress, and that’s the way they should be. The Office for Student Life continually updates this listing, so we encourage you to check it often. Another tip: Allow yourself plenty of time to complete applications, since many require letters of recommendation, personal essays, transcripts, etc.

If you come across a summer opportunity that you would like to share with others, please send it to Stacy Drake.

  • The OSU Department of Family Medicine offers summer externships designed to promote interest in and understanding of family practice, especially in underserved areas. Students are matched with a rural or urban preceptor. Experiences vary with preceptor and student interest and may include hospital visits, physical and occupational therapy, med flights, inpatient rounds and procedures, and activities in departments of health. The program provides a $1,000 stipend and runs from mid-June to mid-July. The deadline for applications is the first of March. For more information, visit the website.  
  • The OSU Health System’s Quality and Operations Improvement Department hires students between their first and second years of medical school to work in an eight- to ten-week internship from mid-June to mid-August.  The internship is 40 hours per week and pays $12 per hour.  The department interfaces with nearly all aspects of the Health System's clinical operations. Projects that summer interns have worked on in the past include studying the use of peri-operative antibiotics to reduce wound infection, helping the Emergency Department implement and study various projects to improve patient communication, working with faculty members to research and write clinical practice guidelines used at OSU, and completing chart reviews with our primary care network group related to diabetes treatment. Cover letters, CVs, and questions should be emailed to Anne VanBuren, MPH. She can also be reached at (614) 293-3096.
  • The OSU Office of Global Health Education (OGHE), located on the first floor of the Prior Health Sciences Library, is a global health resource for preclinical and clinical medical students. An option for traveling abroad during summer break is to participate in a program that caters to international service learning.  Two reputable programs are Child Family Health International and Cross-Cultural Solutions, which are both nonprofit organizations that place students abroad. Note: OSU College of Medicine students are not enrolled during this time period and cannot receive academic credit or financial aid for these experiences. 
  • The OSU Colleges of Medicine and of Public Health also offer a summer research experience for preclinical students that can sometimes be accomplished overseas.  Email Dr. Philip Binkley or call (614) 293-8963 for more information.
  • The Betty Ford Center’s Summer Institute for Medical Students in Rancho Mirage, California, is a unique learning experience for students to gain understanding and insight in addictive disease and the recovery process. Students have the opportunity to spend five days experiencing what it is like to be a patient or a family member at the Betty Ford Center. Placements are available through the Inpatient Treatment, Residential Day Treatment, and Family Treatment. Lectures and treatment planning sessions are also provided during this program. All medical students are eligible to apply. Tuition, travel (limited), lodging, materials, and on campus meals are included in the scholarship. To download an application, which is due by early March, please see the website.
  • If you are interested in doing summer research in the area of ophthalmology, consider submitting an application to Fight for Sight at http://www.fightforsight.com/. The $2,100 award can be used for research at any medical center or university in the U.S. The application requires a brief description of the research proposal and a letter of support from your scientific sponsor. The deadline is the end of January.
  • The Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is offering summer oncology fellowships for students who have completed their first year of medical school. Approximately 20 students will be selected and then matched with a faculty mentor from CHLA or the USC Keck School of Medicine. For full details, go to the website.
  • The American Society of Hematology’s Minority Medical Student Award Program is an eight- to twelve-week research experience for students in their early medical school years.  Further, those who complete the initial research experience will have the option of applying for an additional hematology research experience in a subsequent year of medical school.  Applications are available September 1, and the deadline for submissions is early March. Details are available on the website
  • The National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse offers a summer conference that 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 persons. Scholarships will provide funding to cover registration, transportation, stipend, housing, and food. Sessions are held in June and July at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Application and registration forms are available on the website
  • Here’s an opportunity to conduct research related to pediatrics at nearly 300 laboratories throughout the U.S. during the summer. Sponsored by the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research, this eight-to-ten-week research program provides a maximum stipend of $4,270. The deadline for submitting all materials is mid-January. More information is available on the website
  • Students who are in the first two years of medical school are eligible to apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program in Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Approximately thirty $5,000 fellowships will be awarded. Summer projects are listed on the website as well as the online application and instructions. Completed materials must be received by the first of February.
  • The David E. Rogers Fellowship Program provides first year medical students an opportunity to spend their summer exploring the social responsibilities of the medical profession. Ten fellowships of $3,500 each will be awarded to students who have completed their first year of medical school. Rogers Fellowships are intended to focus on coupling medicine with the needs of the underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. The content might range from clinical investigation through community activities or health policy analysis to activities linking biomedicine, the social infrastructure, and human need. For more information and application materials, see the website

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital offers a summer pediatric oncology education program. Trainees participate in basic oncology and/or clinical research, hospital conferences, and a core lecture series. Most start the program in May or June and finish in August. Go to the website for more information and the application.  
  • The MSTAR Program provides students who have completed their first year of medical school with summer experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, under the mentorship of top experts in the field. Students may train at a national training center supported by the National Institute on Aging or, for a limited number of medical schools, at their own institution. Visit the website for more details.

Note to Med 1 students who are non-Ohio residents: If you will be applying for in-state residency for next year, be sure to have your out-of-state summer educational experience approved. If you do not, it might lessen your chances of becoming an in-state student for your Med 2 year.

Once you receive notification that you have been accepted by an out-of-state program, go to Student Financial Services (SFS) in B-043 Graves Hall and pick up an out-of-state travel residency form. This form will need to be signed by an Associate Dean and then returned to SFS. You will then receive notification regarding whether or not your summer research will impact your chances for in-state residency for the following academic year. 

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