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Summer Externship

Start your summer off on the right foot

 Advance your medical knowledge

 Experience a diverse patient population

 Practice physical exams

 Earn a stipend of $1200

Current Ohio State University Medical Students participate in the Department of Family 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 student experiences vary with preceptor and student interest. Students may be exposed to hospitals, physical therapy, med flights, coroner cases, inpatient rounds and procedures, activities in departments of health, occupational medicine, and other experiences as can be provided. This program provides a stipend, which may require completion of a patient education project.

Program Goals

  • Improve skills of patient interviewing
  • Improve physical examination skills
  • Improve professional skills through hands-on experience
  • Gain an appreciation of Family Medicine as a satisfying and rewarding career
  • Experience unique aspects of problem solving and medical decision-making

Program Requirements

Each student selected into the program will be required to attend a welcome event and a culmination luncheon both during school session. Each student will complete a small project that is mutually agreed upon and will help the practice in some way. Lastly each student will provide a written reflection about their experience in the program.

2018 Program Dates

Session 1 : June 4-28, 2018
Session 2 : July 2-27, 2018

Application Procedure

All first-year OSU medical students will be notified by email of the opportunity and program dates. Those who wish to apply will fill out an online application.

Summer Externship 2018 Application Link: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sG7m4sIyzQKLg9

The deadline to submit an application will be December 22, 2017. An interview process will occur to those selected after applications are received. Final selections will be notified by mid-March 2018. For more information contact Kevin.Douglas@osumc.edu or 614-293-8792.

Clinical Research Externship

The Clinical Research Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of primary care research. A student extern will be matched with a Family Medicine faculty member to either 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, and the specific research activities selected for the externship depend on the projects underway at the time of the summer externship period and whether the student plans to initiate his/her own research project under faculty supervision. The program provides a stipend, and that stipend amount is based on the duration of the externship completed.

Program Goals

  • Understand the role of clinical research as it pertains to patient care
  • Understand the major steps involved in clinical research
  • Understand the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in human subjects protection and the importance of informed consent and HIPAA as it relates to clinical research
  • Understand the importance of careful planning and implementation of clinical research

Program Requirements

At the time of application to the Clinical Research Externship, students will need to have completed the requirements set up by the Office of Responsible Research Practices and the Office of Research Compliance for all who participate in the design, conduct, and reporting of human subjects research at the institution. The training and reporting can be completed using the below links:

Program Dates

The Clinical Research Externship is generally offered as a six-week commitment. A shorter commitment with a prorated stipend may be considered for students that are not available for a six-week period.

Application Procedure

Current OSU medical students interested in pursuing the Clinical Research Externship should contact Allison.Macerollo@osumc.edu by January 13 in order to identify a faculty supervisor and assess potential funding. Students interested in pursuing their own research are strongly encouraged to consider application to the Medical Student Research Scholarship through the College of Medicine.

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