The need for internists nationwide is growing. The Department of Medicine Summer Externship Program provides medical students with an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a practicing internist whose primary responsibility is patient care. The one-on-one relationship between student and physician allows the student to observe the physician’s relationships with patients, colleagues, community and family. This experience enables students to make informed decisions about a career in internal medicine and its subspecialties.
Each student will spend four weeks observing the mentor in his or her own practice. There are mentors in rural and suburban practices in internal medicine and internal medicine subspecialties. Some students will travel to rural areas where their preceptors may offer accommodations; others will be able to commute from their homes to suburban practices. In addition to getting the practical experience of observing an internist in action, each student will receive $1,000 to support the externship, provided by the Department of Medicine, local physicians, alumni and the business community.
What Participants Say
The goals of the Department of Medicine Summer Externship Program are to give students an opportunity to work closely with an internist in his or her own private practice and to give the internist an opportunity to impart his or her knowledge to today’s medical students, highlighting the importance of medicine in the spectrum of medical care.
Here is what some former participants have to say about the program:
- “My experience at the family health center introduced me to the world of real-life patient care where most every patient has more than one health issue.”
- “Aside from the substantial amount of fundamental knowledge taught by the attending physicians and residents through lectures and in practice, there was something more that I observed, which I felt was truly precious and unique to the Summer Externship Program experience: the insight into the diverse background of patients.”
- “I was allowed to follow my own patients and use PowerChart, which will be a great help when I get to my M3 year. I was given responsibilities and treated like a colleague rather than a shadow. I also greatly improved my diagnostic abilities, exam skills and interview skills.”
How to Apply
The deadline for summer 2018 has passed.