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University of Nebraska Medical Center

Visiting Student Externship Program

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The Visiting Student Clerkship Externship is sponsored by the Internal Medicine DIVERSE (Developing an Inclusive and Varied Environment for Residents, Students, and Educators) Taskforce. It is intended to support fourth-year medical students who have demonstrated experience in or a commitment to working with individuals who have been historically underserved in health care or underrepresented in medicine. Medical students who have demonstrated interest in equality, diversity, or social justice for individuals historically underserved in health care by participating in community activities, social groups, student organizations that support this will be strongly considered.

Read on for more information or take a look at our Supplemental Application.

Program Information

Details
Clinical electives are four weeks in length. Visiting students will have the opportunity to work as part of a care team including faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, and staff. Students may work in both inpatient and outpatient settings. All participants are encouraged to attend educational curriculum offered by the Department of Internal Medicine. Accepted externship participants will have access to faculty mentoring which may include opportunities for scholarly activity, if they are interested. The Visiting Student Externship provides up to $2,500 for travel and accommodation expenses.
Eligibility

This DIVERSE Visiting Student Externship funding is available to:

  • Fourth-year medical students currently enrolled in an LCME-accredited allopathic or COCA-accredited osteopathic medical school who have completed all core clinical clerkships and who are in good standing with their medical school.
  • Preference for externship funding will be given to:
    • Students who have demonstrated experience in or a commitment to working with individuals who have been historically underserved in health care or underrepresented in medicine
    • Students who self-identify a first-generation college graduate
    • Students who have demonstrated interest in equality, diversity, or social justice for individuals historically underserved in health care by participating in community activities, social groups, student clubs or organizations that support this
  • UNMC does not currently accept applications for visiting students attending non-LCME accredited MD institutions, non-COCA accredited DO institutions, or foreign medical schools.
Application Process

Students interested in the externship:

  1. Must complete an application form through the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Visiting Student Learning Opportunity (VSLO) for an Internal Medicine away rotation at UNMC
  2. Submit the online “UNMC Supplemental Application
  3. Send their transcript and CV to the Internal Medicine Residency GME Educational Program Coordinator, Valia Al-Kourainy (valkourainy@unmc.edu)
  • DIVERSE Visiting Student Externship applications will be reviewed beginning April 1 with decisions beginning May 1 of each academic year. UNMC offers rotations each month of the academic year from July through June
  • Maximum of one rotation may be granted per applicant
  • Only students excepted through the VSLO program will be considered for the externship
    • Not every student who applies for the externship will be accepted
Selection

Externship applications will be reviewed holistically and will be awarded based on:

  • Experience/Interest in working with underserved populations
  • Academic achievement as indicated by transcripts and CV
  • Leadership experience and potential
  • Commitment to community engagement and service
Rotations Available to Request

  • Cardiology
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Disease
  • General Internal Medicine Inpatient
  • General Internal Medicine Outpatient
  • Diabetes, Endocrine, and Metabolism
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Critical Care
  • Pulmonology
  • Allergy

We encourage you to explore our Residency Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a separate application needed for each elective request?

No. One VSLO application, one UMNC Supplemental application with a rank order of preference

Does VSLO charges a fee to students?

Yes, $15 per application

Does UNMC charge any fees for the Supplemental Application?

No

Is housing provided?

Housing is not currently provided, however if you are approved to attend a clerkship and awarded the visiting student externship funding, that funding is meant to cover the cost of the travel and accommodations. We also provide you with a list of housing resources so you may secure housing for yourself in Omaha, Nebraska.

How are parking arrangements made?

Contact Parking and Transportation Services (parking@unmc.edu or 402-559-8580)

If I have accommodation requests, will they be granted?

If you have accommodation request, please reach out so that we may identify how best to support you

Will I be automatically granted a residency interview?

Acceptance to the Externship program does not guarantee an interview for the IM Residency

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment.  UNMC is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and included. 

UNMC does not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment. 

UNMC complies with all local, state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex.  

Externship Program Committee

Associate Program Director
Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases

Jasmine Marcelin, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Hospital Medicine

Chelsea Navarrette, MD

House Officer II

Debra Wekesa, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Medical Director, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy

402-559-8650
402-559-5581

Nicolas Cortes Penfield

Chief Resident

Amy Dreessen, MD

House Officer III

Noel Bruner, MD

House Officer IV
Med Peds Chief Resident 2021-2022

Dr. Evan Symons
Rajan Mediratta

Medical Student

Rajan Mediratta
Eshan Sood

Medical Student

Eshan Sood