Summer Internship in Medical Education

Application Deadline March 15, 2019

This is an opportunity for medical students to spend the summer between years 1 and 2 working on a medical education project while simultaneously gaining exposure to educational theory and practice. This is a great opportunity for students who want to explore medical education as part of their career pathway.


The summer experience will be divided between a scholarly project in admissions, medical school, residency, or continuing medical education and exposure to principles of medical education. Students will work under the supervision of a leader in medical education who may be a clinician educator or a PhD educational specialist.

The Project

The project will reflect a priority issue within the medical school’s Office of Medical Education (OME). The specific projects will be determined through discussions involving the selected students and OME leadership. Each student will work on a different initiative. Components of the project may include lit review, debriefings, presentation to OME leadership, reflection.

Medical Education Theory

Students will gain exposure through:

  • assigned readings on medical education
  • one on one meetings with faculty and educators
  • participation in meetings applicable to their project and to medical education operations
  • participation in the monthly OME journal club
  • student-run journal club
  • weekly debrief meeting with the Director of Medical Education Development and Scholarship (MEDS)

Program Benefits

A stipend for this summer education experience will be provided, depending on the length of time of the project. The internship lasts for eight weeks.

Selection of Students

Applicants must be University of Minnesota medical students in good academic standing who have just completed year one. Students from both Twin Cities and Duluth are encouraged to apply, however, the cohort will be based on the Twin Cities campus.

Desired attributes:

  • Interest in medical education from a faculty/educator perspective
  • Interest in education research and scholarship
  • Ability to work independently

Applications will be reviewed by OME leadership. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


Student Affairs - Houses Project - Project Mentor: Scott Slattery

The medical school has been developing plans and assembling resources to launch a houses program.  The goal of this project will be to work with the 'houses' stakeholders to develop a launch plan for implemented across the 2019-20 year (for the incoming 2024 class). 

Curriculum - MS1 Curriculum Review - Step1 Content - Project Mentors: Kelaine Haas and Anne Pereira

In an effort to continue aligning the curriculum within and between courses, year one course directors are working to highlight the clinical relevance of the content and also to identify content that will be important for USMLE Step 1 examination preparation.  In this project, students will curate the topics covered in the MS1 curriculum and cross-reference those topics with content on the Step1 exam to identify relevant Step 1 content that is - and is not - covered in the first year. This is a critical step in ongoing efforts to highlight the curriculum’s purpose in training physicians and preparing students for Step1.

Continuing Professional Development - Program Review - Project Mentor: Jeff Cook

Review and recommend question items used to assess our program's impact in terms of healthcare team knowledge, skills, performance, patient outcomes, and interprofessional collaboration. This includes identifying strategies for retaining or increasing response rates for learner evaluation, increasing the use of follow-up surveys for particular activities, and identifying methods and strategies for assessing team performance and patient outcomes.

Assessment and Evaluation - The Stability of Empathy During Medical School - Project Mentors: Claudio Violato and Eric Martin LaPlant

A summer student will compile, edit and structure data from the Pulse Survey to analyze the stability of empathy over the course of the 2017-2018 AY and cross-sectionally across the 4 years of medical school.  In addition, the student will conduct a literature review of empathy in medical students and physicians and learn how to analyze the data under the supervision of the mentors.  The project outcome will be a technical report for UME and a manuscript to be submitted for publication to a refereed journal. 

Pipeline Programs - Foundations of Pre-Medical Education - Project Mentor: Taisha Mikell

Intern will assist in laying the groundwork for pre-professional conference targeting pre-medical students from underrepresented backgrounds. Conference topics will focus on the development of AAMC Core Competencies for entering medical students, leadership training, and social justice advocacy.

MS1 Curriculum Curation - Project Mentors: Drs. Anne Pereira and Kelaine Haas

In an effort to continue aligning the curriculum within and between courses, students will curate the topics covered in the MS1 curriculum and cross-reference those topics with content on the USMLE Step1 exam. This will provide an MS1 complement to the Drugs and Disease Database that has provided a useful snapshot of the MS2 curriculum. 

Competency-Based Admissions - Project Mentors: Associate Dean Dimple Patel and Dr. Deborah Powell

The TC Office of Admissions is exploring the possibility of implementing a competency-based admissions program. Student intern would research competency based evaluation methods, create a proposal, and a plan for implementation.

Opening the Door to Stopping the Line - Project Mentors: Dr. Katharine (Kaz) Nelson

This project, entitled "Opening the Door to Stopping the Line" consists of creating an informational/motivational roadmap for resident/student incident reporting (e.g., patient incidents, such as medical errors/violations of hospital policy, etc.) at our different clinical sites. 

Wellbeing Program - Project Mentors: Dr. Scott Slattery

We are seeking students interested in advancing the Student Wellbeing Progam into the 2018-19 Academic Year. This could be through planning next year's curriculum, developing new projects or initiatives, and/or by considering new ways to assess wellness.

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