Student Summer Fellowships in Community Health

Student Summer Fellowship Are you a medical student looking to spend your summer working in community health in the US or abroad?  Consider applying for The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowship Program.

The Student Summer Fellowship Program offers medical students the opportunity to study cultural competency issues, develop skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and address a public health need in an underserved community or population. Students may choose between a Service Fellowship and a Research Fellowship.

The Service Fellowship is intended to provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population.  Examples of past Service Fellowship projects include:

  • Providing breast cancer screenings at homeless shelters
  • Creating an educational video for elderly patients on safety issues
  • Carrying out AIDS/HIV education among recent Chinese immigrants

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  • Prevalence of Depression in Adolescent Emergency Department
  • Identifying the Barriers to Pediatric Vaccinations Faced by a Recently Established Hispanic Population
  • Assessing the Service and Educational Impact of Medical Student-Run Health Clinics

Click here to learn more about the program.