Start your summer off on the right foot

 

Any current Ohio State University medical student has the opportunity to 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

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 students' experiences vary depending on the preceptor and student interests. Students learn in a variety of different settings including hospitals, outpatient and rehabilitation centers. They may engage with various healthcare providers in academic, rural, urban, private and/or public facilities.

Goals

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

Program Requirements

This experience provides a stipend and 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 short project that is mutually agreed upon and will help the practice in some way. Last, students provide a written reflection about their experience in the program.

Application Process

Any first-year OSU medical student is eligible to participate if they are in good standing. Those who wish to apply should complete the application below. The deadline to submit an application is December 1st annually for participation in Summer Externship the subsequent summer. The interview process begins in January-February and those selected to participate will be notified mid-March.

Application for the Clinical Summer Externship here.

Clinical Research Externship

Clinical Research Externship

The Clinical Research Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of primary care research. The student extern is matched with a family medicine faculty member to 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. The program provides a stipend based on the duration of the externship completed.

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.



Summer extern student videos

https://vimeo.com/140439733
https://vimeo.com/140454097

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

By the start of 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:

Application Process

Current Ohio State University medical students interested in pursuing the Clinical Research Externship should contact Allison.Macerollo@osumc.edu by January 15th 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.