Every year, hundreds of students have summer experiences which help shape the direction of their calling and future careers. These opportunities can be found around the country. All of them will help you gain experience and knowledge as you seek Christ for your vocation.
Please see below for summer opportunities and enrollment dates to learn more about being purposeful with you time off.
The Summer Medical Institute, Philadelphia (SMI Philadelphia)
The Philadelphia Summer Medical Institute, 2022
June 18-July 9, 2022
SMI is a dynamic urban healthcare outreach program sponsored by Medical Campus Outreach Philadelphia (mcophilly.org) and Esperanza Health Center, a Christian, federally qualified health center located in North Philadelphia (esperanzahealth.com). In this intensive urban-immersion program, approximately 18-20 Christian health profession students learn to integrate faith and career while providing health screens for blood pressure, diabetes risk, diabetic foot neuropathy, etc. directly in community neighborhoods, and provide health education and community referrals as needed.
Students will receive evangelism training along with medical training during orientation and learn to share the Gospel through conversation and prayer with those they meet. Participants learn collectively and work in partnership with area churches, attending neighborhood churches each Sunday. Teams will be accompanied by local Spanish interpreters and partner churches will provide spiritual follow up to those in the community who request it. Students will each spend a day shadowing health care providers at Esperanza and observe an effective model of Christian primary care (third and fourth year medical students and other upper-level graduate students may participate in SMI as an academic rotation, pending approval and availability). Students will learn about the issues and medical realities of the community by meeting people in the clinic, in the churches and in the neighborhoods.
What else can students expect during SMI Philly? Strong relationships with team members and spiritual growth and discipleship are developed through small group Bible study, daily debriefing, twice-weekly teaching on biblical foundations and daily prayer and worship. Christian clinicians (SMI "faculty") from all healthcare fields volunteer to work alongside the students during the neighborhood outreaches each week, providing valuable relational mentoring. SMI faculty also teach students on relevant topics during orientation, breakout teaching and panel discussions known as "Institute Days," and the final "Return Training" at the program's conclusion. Students are expected to raise or provide $1450 to help cover program expenses, and will be given detailed information and help during this process. Students typically are provided with group housing, but the pandemic may still require that local students are housed separately in their own locations. In this scenario, a limited amount of housing in the community will be made available for out-of-town students, with more information available as the year progresses.
SMI Philadelphia applications are due: Feb 15, 2022 (early decision) for a March 1 decision and March 15 (regular decision) for an April 1 decision. Contact the SMI director at smiphilly [at] gmail [dot] com" target="_blank">smiphilly [at] gmail [dot] com for questions, information and the application link.
Go to http://mcophilly.org/smi-philadelphia/ for information, the application link, FAQs and the student blog.
Baylor Scott White City Square
Opportunities would be 2 week shadowing in summer for first years or 2 week elective for 3/4 years looking to do underserved elective.
Our practice focuses on family medicine and pediatrics for the underserved community that does not have insurance. The providers here treat acute and chronic illness and offer preventive services in a comfortable and supportive environment. Open access appointments are available to all uninsured patients from newborns to adults.
Individuals living in Dallas County who have no form of medical insurance and do not qualify for government-assisted insurance programs are eligible for our services.
For more Information and availability, contact Dr. Ben McKinney: bmckinn1 [at] gmail [dot] com with your full name, school, degree being pursued, year of training, and your expectations and desires for this visit.
Cahaba Summer Medical Experience, Birmingham, AL
Spend time in our missional training community of family medicine residents and faculty living among and serving among our low income/medically underserved neighborhoods. We seek to help medical students:
- understand how you can carry out the Great Commandment by using gospel-centric health strategies to love your neighbors and neighborhoods.
- understand how you can carry out the Great Commission by using gospel-centric health strategies to make disciples of every ethne.
- understand how training in a missional training community can be helpful in forming teams to go to where the greatest physical and spiritual need is, domestically and internationally.
- learn how to incorporate spiritual health, including prayer, Bible storying, goal setting, and other methods, into patient visits.
- learn what it's like to live among the community you serve and how relationships with your neighbors are key to community health.
The experience is designed such that in the morning medical students work in our clinic seeing patients - taking histories and physicals and developing assessments and plans. This is invaluable clinical experience in the early years of medical school. You'll be encouraged to engage your patients spiritually. The afternoons will be spent engaged in spiritual or community health activities.
Participants will stay in our neighborhoods where most of us live as intentional neighbors. Additionally we invite you to participate in our house churches in Birmingham.
Where: Our urban clinic is in Birmingham, AL and is tailored for those with more of a heart for urban communities. Participants will stay in our guest house in the West End community in which our clinic is located. Our rural clinic is in Centreville, AL, about 1 hour south of Birmingham, and is tailored for those with more of a heart for rural communities. Participants will stay in our guest houses in the community.
When: 2 weeks of your choice between first and second year (we also accept M3 and M4 students throughout the year)
Apply on our family medicine residency website: https://cahabafamilymedicine.com/student-application. While there stroll through our site and learn more about our ministry and our family.
Contact Jeremy Crider at jeremy.crider [at] cahabamedicalcare [dot] com with any questions.
Christ Community Health Services - Augusta, GA
Summer Internship Program - For Med Students and Nurses
During Christ Community Health’s Summer Internship Program (SIP), students are challenged to lay down their lives in response to the love of Christ and to live out the gospel through healthcare among the poor and marginalized.
TPlease note dates are flexible based on student needs and availability. Students may apply for a 1-week internship or a 4-week internship. During the internship, you will:
- Shadow healthcare providers
- See holistic medicine that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients
- Develop basic patient interview and exam skills
- Gain experience in disease diagnosis and treatment
- Learn about the various challenges faced by patients and community health centers
- Observe quality improvement, care coordination and case management activities
- Assist with community engagement opportunities, such as health screenings, exercise classes and development workshops
- Learn about other local ministries
- Go through reading lists on devotions and healthcare with vocational missions
The application deadline for the SIP is February 1, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
A complete application includes:
- Completed Google Form Application
- Letter of Good Standing
- Immunization record
You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received.
Any application materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
Questions? Email us at SIP [at] cchsaugusta [dot] org or lenkap [at] cchsaugusta [dot] org
If you wish to shadow a provider (MD, PA, NP) or complete a preceptorship with our clinic, please fill out the student rotation application and be sure to include the number of hours you are looking for each week and what time frame you are interested in shadowing. Please also include a Letter of Good Standing from your school and note what specialty you need for your program (Family Medicine, PEDS, Women's Health, etc). We accept requests on a rolling basis.
Jericho Road Community Health Center, Buffalo, NY
Jericho Road Community Health Center is looking for medical students that have completed their first year of medical school at an accredited university!
Who: Students having completed their 1st year of medical school. Two students will be accepted into our program.
Please refer to the posted documents as reference only. The 2020 Summer Medical Internship Program will be announced in March 2020.
Where: Buffalo, NY, at our offices on both the East and West Sides of Buffalo.
Why: To learn, grow, and develop a large world view of service to the poor.
The Summer Medical Internship Program is a four-week program where students have the opportunity to work alongside clinicians in a multicultural and medically underserved community health center setting. Students will live and work in the community, both at our clinic and program locations, in order to provide and experience culturally sensitive and holisitic medical care in accordance with our mission and vision.
Housing will be provided, if needed. Interns will receive a modest food and transportation stipend. This is a highly competitive program. Only two students will be accepted. Further details about the program are provided in the Internship Information document.
Complete applications are due by Friday, April 1, 20222. . Please contact Brittany Barber at brittany.barber [at] jrchc [dot] org%20">brittany.barber [at] jrchc [dot] org for any further information, questions, or clarification.
Lawndale Summer Medical Project - Chicago, IL
The Lawndale Summer Medical Project is a 4-5 week summer program in Chicago, IL in which 4th year pre-med/pre-midlevel students and 1st year medical students have the opportunity to work alongside Christian clinicians and help to serve a medically underserved community. The program was developed in 2002 and 2003 in conjunction with the Christian Medical & Dental Association and Christian Community Health Fellowship. Students live and work in the Lawndale community to experience total immersion with the community. LSMP focuses on chronic care patients who do not access routine care and also participate in hosting health screenings at various community health fairs.
The Lawndale Summer Medical Project (LSMP) is a four week experience in an underserved area of Chicago’s southwest side. You will be seeing predominantly African-American and Latino patients at Lawndale Christian Health Center (LCHC). LCHC is the largest Christian health center in the United States. Services provided include primary care, dental care, eye care,and mental health care.
Your experience will have a community medicine focus and you will:
Live in the community where you will work and fellowship with other students.
- Spend time doing home visits for patients with diabetes, asthma, and hypertension.
- Run neighborhood health fairs, screening people for diabetes and hypertension.
- Spend time shadowing Christian medical providers
- Grow spiritually through group Bible studies, conferences on topics such as "What it Means to be a Christian Physician," and time for personal devotions and reflection.
- Don't miss this opportunity, which, according to a previous participant, "will forever change the way [you] practice medicine."
Unique Aspects: Urban setting, Spanish-speaking patients
Application Deadline: Application and Two Reference Letters Due in March
Eligible to Apply: First year medical students, Pre-med/PA/NP students who are currently in their fourth year of college.
You can discover more about the Lawndale Summer Medical Project by clicking here.
LOOK FOR the Chicago Justice Program in 2022.
Medically-interested undergraduate students seeking a summer internship experience at Lawndale Christian Health Center can consider applying through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship's Chicago Urban Program (CUP). LCHC partners with CUP to accept a select number of undergraduate interns placed at the health center.
Love Thy Neighborhood- Louisville, KY
Love Thy Neighborhood is an urban missions agency for young adults, ages 18-30, impacting homelessness, the adult entertainment industry, crisis pregnancy, orphan care, healthcare, refugees, construction & low-income housing, education, neighborhood renewal, book editing & publishing, podcasting, visual arts, media & design and nonprofit leadership. We equip and mobilize the next generation of Christian leaders to work with the poor, the suffering and the marginalized in our city. The Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) seeks to transform the community by sharing the love of Christ in word and deed, to facilitate community development and holistic healthcare through the empowerment of the residents in the community.
In addition to their summer program, year long internships are available. For more information, visit http://lovethyneighborhood.org/healthcare/
Summer Medical Institute Northwest
The Summer Medical Institute Northwest (SMI NW) is a yearly program in which medical students come for an intensive 4-8 week experience in the summer. Participants see patients at New Heights Clinic and work through our curriculum that emphasizes integrating faith and the practice of medicine. Students review curriculum materials with our outstanding physician mentors. The program is open to 1st through 4th year medical students.
For more information on our domestic summer opportunity called Summer Medical Institute NW, please send us an email. SMINW [at] newheights [dot] org
Whole Person Care Preceptorship
June 12 - July 9, 2022
At the annual Whole Person Care Preceptorship (WPCP) held in Southern California, you’ll receive professional training to ethically and sensitively assess and address the spiritual needs of your patients. Weekly you’ll work with and learn from seasoned Christian physicians and healthcare professionals who regularly integrate their faith into their patient care in a variety of specialties and settings. Plus you’ll have ample opportunities to do the same with real patients in both clinical and hospital situations.
Most importantly, you’ll grow and reconnect with God and become better prepared to lead colleagues spiritually. You will enjoy ample time for personal devotionals and learn from experts in the fields of personal ministry, bioethics, apologetics, and theology.
As you serve and enjoy the incredible attractions of California, you’ll build lasting relationships and community with like-minded students and return to school rejuvenated and refreshed. The WPCP is a joint venture of Medical Strategic Network, Cru, and Loma Linda University Medical Center.
The Preceptorship occurs June 10-July 3, 2021 in Redlands, CA, a quaint historic town 60 miles east of Los Angeles.
The cost of the Preceptorship is approximately $2,600.00 (scholarships and funding may be available). This costs covers all meals, lodging, professional METS whole person care training conference, local transportation, training materials, all training sessions, and some social events.
Those Eligible To Apply
Eligible applicants are those enrolled in
or officially accepted into professional schools such as medical, nursing, dental, OT, PT, PA, and certain allied health fields.
Pre-med, pre-nursing, or other pre-professional student? Consider our Pre-Med / Pre-Health Professional Project. Visit medsn.org for more info.
For more information, visit https://medsn.org/preceptorship/
All Applications need to sent by March 30, 2022 .https://medsn.org/preceptorship/application/
Organized and sponsored by Medical Strategic Network www.medsn.org
Contact: Phone - (760) 249-6761 Email - fireseeds [at] gomets [dot] org
VCMC Summer Scholars Program , Ventura, CA
We regret that we will not be able to offer the Summer Scholars Program in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.Please check back in January for information about the 2022 Summer Scholars Program.
The Summer Scholar Program at Ventura County Medical Center is a unique summer internship designed to expose undergraduate college students to the field of healthcare by immersing them in a professional medical environment. 5 undergraduate students participate in this full-time, intensive 8-week opportunity. Priority is given to residents of Ventura County. Though this is not a Christian program, we can help you find Christian community in Ventura.
Summer Scholars are placed with faculty preceptors who coordinate opportunities for the students to observe and participate in a variety of patient care settings. Student Scholars attend teaching conferences at the Medical Center, make rounds with medical staff and observe patient interactions and procedures as appropriate. These experiences will include emergency room visits, trauma resuscitations, live births, surgeries, autopsies and more. In addition to shadowing both primary care and specialist physicians, Scholars spend time with physical therapists, dieticians, clinical lab specialists, substance abuse counselors and other health care professionals. Each Student Scholar will also participate in a quality improvement or clinical research project and present their findings on the last day of the program. A few Summer Scholars have had their research published or been invited to present their research at UCLA's annual Family Medicine Research Forum.
Many of our former Scholars cite this experience as a formative one in their pursuit of a career in health care. We have even welcomed graduates of the Scholars internship into our residency program here at VCMC!
UPDATE: We are pleased to offer, with the support of the Health Care Foundation of Ventura County, a stipend of $2000 per Scholar.
Application opens in DECEMBER: https://www.venturafamilymed.org/summer-scholars-application/view/form
For more information: http://www.venturafamilymed.org/students/summer-student-scholars