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Summer/Research Opportunities (after 1st and 3rd Years)

Funding: The Center for Global Health will accept proposals from 1st year SOM students for several programs: The Center for Global Health University Scholar Award, The Pfizer-CGH Scholar Award in Infectious Disease, and the US-Brazil Scholar Award in Infectious Disease. In addition, the Dean’s/Ellison-CGH Scholar Award in Medicine is available to 4th year SOM students conducting international clinical rotations. (see Center for Global Health).

Application: If a letter from the Dean's Office is requested, download and fill out the Biosketch form and bring the completed form to the Office for Student Affairs.

AAMC Clinical and Research Opportunities
This site lists many opportunities offered by other medical schools in the U.S. or Canada). Select "For Students" and click on "Show All" to see the complete listing.

Research/Training Opportunities
This site includes information about UVa's summer research program for UVa medical students and well as national programs.

Summer Clinical Preceptorship
The University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine sponsors a limited number of summer preceptorships to enable students to work with a primary care physician of their choice for seven weeks. A stipend of $1,200 is given in June. Students must register in the Summer Session for Summer Primary Care Preceptorship (MED 676) for insurance reasons (no academic credit is earned). Reimbursement for summer tuition is done at the successful completion of the 7 weeks by turning in the receipt to the Dept. of Family Medicine. For more information, contact Wanda Hudson wmh9v@virginia.edu or Dr. Steve Heim swh9e@virginia.edu.

Spanish in Costa Rica
The Adventure Education Center in Costa Rica is the most unique langauge immersion institute, with three distinctive locations from which to choose, providing students with increased flexibility and greater opportunities. AEC also has a swiftly growing Medical Spanish program, that is ideal for Physicians, nurses or medical students.

American Medical Student Association
American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the largest independent national medical student organization. Many research opportunities are available.

Community and Public Health
AMSA seeks to promote awareness and involvement in all areas related to keeping communities healthy. See this site for opportunities.

Externship: MAP International (1-800-225-8550/912-265-6010)
MAP Reader's Digest International Fellowships are for students who are considering a career in international health in the context of medical missions. Fellowship money covers approximately 75% of your plane, lodging and food costs. Plan ahead -- this is for 4th year students only but application must be made in your 3rd year!

International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (AMSA-IFMSA)
AMSA-IFMSA is the American representative within the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA). Founded in 1951, IFMSA has 69 member countries and is recognized by the United Nations and World Health Organization as the official forum for medical students around the world that are interested in global health issues. Many international research and clinical opportunities are available -- cotact AMSA officers for more information.

International Health Medical Education Consortium (IHMEC)
IHMEC is a consortium of faculty and health care educators dedicated to international health education in U.S. and Canadian medical schools and residency programs. Formed in 1991, its mission is to foster international health medical education in four program areas - curriculum, clinical training, career development, and international education policy. On their web site check out Announcements, Resources, and Conferences. An example of trips available, is Medical Spanish offered by the University of Nebraska.

Other Opportunities
Information is posted on the Student Source -- see Postings.