Summer Opportunities


Dr. Brett Whites' Summer Opportunities Presentation


American Medical Association (AMA) Scholarships

Visit the AMA Scholarships website for more information.

Campagna Scholarship

A 10-Week Summer Research Scholarship is available for United States Medical Students intending a career in neurological surgery.Visit the Campagna Scholarship website for more information.

Clinical Opportunities

In order to be covered by OHSU Malpractice Insurance, you also need to be registered for a course (maximum 1 credit allowed) or doing some research or a community project. There will be a charge of $60 billed to your OHSU account and you need to fill in a form available from Marcia DeCaro in the Dean's office.

Rural Family Medicine Experience

Students between their MSI and MSII years may spend a week (or more) working with a rural family physician and living with his or her family. You will earn one elective credit as well as a concentrated clinical experience. You can arrange this for any week during the summer and choose from family physicians practicing all over the state. Contact Peggy O'Neill  at 503-494-5323 or oneillp@ohsu.edu  for more information.

Volunteer Experiences at Clinics for the Underserved

There are many clinics throughout the Portland area that serve the homeless and underserved. If you work with a physician, you will probably be able to see patients as a medical student, presenting them to the staffing physician. Other clinics may have you performing different functions such as checking in patients or taking histories and vital signs. Some possibilities include:

Southwest Community Clinic Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy Room #37 Portland, OR 97219 503 977-0733 to volunteer Tues & Thurs evenings 4-8 p.m. Summer Medical Institute Northwest 7913 NE 58th Avenue Vancouver, WA 98665 360 694-4985 sminw@newheights.org


American Medical Student Association (AMSA) End of Life Education Fellowship

The AMSA End of Life Fellowship is a six week long course.  Applications due in early April. Twelve students will be selected for this experience of working at hospices and palliative care centers in Chicago or Miami. Stipend provided to cover living expenses. Participants expected to implement End of Life curricula at your medical school. Recommendation required from OHSU faculty interested in being your mentor in this project. 

Appalachian Preceptorship

Sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine, James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Tennessee this 4 week preceptorship accepts 15 students. There is one week of didactic sessions (usually beginning the Friday after the fourth of July) and 3 weeks with a rural physician practicing in an Appalachian community. This is an elective eligible for OHSU credit. Applications due by March 15, 2010; Notification in mid-April. Appalachian Preceptorship  For additional information about this Program contact Carolyn Sliger, Rural Programs Coordinator, sliger@etsu.edu, (423) 439-6737 or (800) 833-1186.

Legislative Opportunities

AMA Government Relations Internship Program (GRIP)

The AMA Government Relations Internship Program (Deadline is February 15, 2011) offers medical students a unique opportunity to increase their involvement and education in national health policy and in the national legislative activities of organized medicine. GRIP provides stipends to assist selected students completing summer health policy internships in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition to the duties of their internships, GRIP participants attend weekly educational seminars at the AMA's D.C. office.

Research Opportunities

OAFP/AAFP Summer Externship Award

This award allows the selected student to work with a family physician in Oregon on a clinically related research project. There is a $2000 stipend paid to the student. There is an expectation that there will be a published paper or presentation at a medical meeting as a result of the experience. Applications due March 30th. Contact Connie Yu @ yuco@ohsu.edu.

FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program

The FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship Program offers medical students an 8-week anesthesia-related research experience and the opportunity to present research findings at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting. Contact: Dr. Dawn Dillman.

The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)

OCTRI will fundamentally change biomedical research to create a vibrant academic home for clinical/translational investigation. It will leverage existing strengths and remove barriers to the pace and growth of research. At the heart of the OCTRI is a robust partnership between Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research (KPCHR) that brings together a strong biomedical research university and an innovative practice-based research center associated with a large patient population. The collaboration provides unique opportunities for expansion across the spectrum of human investigation, and sets the stage for major advances in human health.

Oregon Students Learn and Experience Research (OSLER)

The OSLER program, an NIH TL1 funded training program, enhances the pipeline of OHSU health professional students in doctoral programs interested in clinical and translational research. The OSLER program is competitive with a limited number of positions available each year.  

NIH/NCI Summer Student Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Eight-week program for 25 medical students. $5000 stipend. Fellowships will be offered for summer 2010 and information will be on the website (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Summer Fellowship Program). Deadline in 2011 is January 22 for all materials. Summer Oncology Research Program – Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York 8-week basic science or clinical research opportunity. Medical student summer fellows receive a stipend of $5,500 for participating in the eight-week program. Contact sumstudent@mskcc.org

Tartar Trust Fellowship

The Tartar Trust Research Fellowship award is to support biomedical research in Oregon. The foundation states, "In choosing research projects, the award committee should give consideration . . . to the practical importance of the research, the probability of finding new facts which will benefit humanity, as far as possible. Purely theoretical research is to be avoided." Medical and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty are eligible for this award. Applicants must be residents of Oregon who are affiliated with the School of Medicine. Open only to Oregon residents, and must be received by February 18th, 2011 by 12 noon. The award is up to $2000. Research Funding & Development

American College of Medical Genetics Summer Scholar Program Grant

Our Medical Genetics Department has been awarded an American College of Medical Genetics summer scholar program grant. They would like to solicit applications from first year students. Please contact Dee Miller or Katherine Rose Franklin in the Medical Genetics Department if you are interested.  (millerd@ohsu.edu and franklik@ohsu.edu).


International Medical Opportunities

Providing Patient Care While abroad

AAMC guidelines for premedical and medical students providing patient care during clinical experiences abroad

OHSU Global Health Alliance

The OHSU Global Health Alliance provides past OHSU students' testimonials with costs, positives and negatives and contact info are listed by region and country. Several links to various organizations that help send students abroad to clinics, to conduct research and other volunteer opportunities are also listed.

The Hope Alliance

The trip to Peru is an opportunity for OHSU students to work with medical students from the University of Utah in temporary clinics throughout Peru. The Hope Alliance is a non-religious charitable organization. The trip costs are from $2000-$2200, including hotels and food. Trips are usually from late June until late July; OHSU students have gone for the past few years and have positive reports on the experience.

Himalayan Health Exchange International Health Camps

Go to Himalayan Health Exchange for descriptions of medical/dental camps scheduled in the remote regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Each trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients; student participation is limited to 25 each trip. Students are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work, each day, for the duration of each clinical period.

Child Family Health International

For information on Child Family Health International contact Nick Penco (Student Program Manager; ext. 305) or Rebecca Lubitz  (Senior Program Coordinator ext. 301)     415.957.9000, or toll free at 866 345.4674

Missions for Medical Students

Do you want to experience medical missions? MissionFinder.org offers some great suggestions and helps. The organizations listed here specifically invite medical students on their projects. There are also some ideas of where to get funds, rotation assignments, and specialty training.

Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS)

Learn more about AMIGOS community health projects in Mexico, Central America and Paraguay from 3-8 weeks.

International Health in the Developing World: Clinical and Community Care

Global Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine

Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC)

GHEC, since 1991 a consortium of health professionals, educators, students and institutions committed to improving the ability of the global workforce to meet the needs of underserved populations.

The International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA)

The IFMSA is one of the biggest student organizations in the world with an extensive history, huge experience, wide representation, and a wealth of links with other international organizations.

UNMC International Studies & Programs

International Activities at University of Nebraska Medical Center

Leadership Opportunities

The National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students will be held in Kansas City, Missouri from July 26-July 28, 2012.  Scholarship applications (for First Time Attendees, Leadership, Minority Students and Community Projects) will have a deadline of late April.   

Presidential Internship on Research & National Policy

They are looking for enthusiastic student leaders who feel confident in their ability to work independently to develop a project with the AMSA Education Fellow. Both medical and pre-medical students are encouraged to apply. No experience is necessary, though strong analytical, presentation, and writing skills will be of benefit. .4  weeks long, available year-round. Academic credit possible.