School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Introduction To Academic and Clinical Medicine and Health Care Disparities

The Medical Student Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Wayne State University (WSU) Department of Internal Medicine to provide scholarship support to medical students who are interested in applying to the WSU Department of Internal Medicine’s summer externships and clinical and research electives.

Goals of the Program Are:

  • To expose students to academic internal medicine and its subspecialties in an urban setting with an emphasis on recognizing, studying, treating, and ultimately preventing or eliminating disparities in health status and access to health care.
  • To promote student interest in applying to an academic internal medicine training programs
  • To provide faculty and house staff mentorship to medical students

Summer externships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to U.S. visiting students. Participants are assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to network with WSU Department of Medicine faculty, housestaff, and students. A diversity dinner with faculty and house staff is held during each rotation. In addition, all participants are invited and encouraged to attend various general medicine and subspecialty conferences at WSUSOM.

Who Can Apply?

  • U.S. medical students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school
  • Students must have completed their first year of medical school before the externship program begins


Eight scholarships ($1,000 each, to be used toward visiting student elective fees, transportation costs and room and board) will be available for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Academic achievement, volunteer record, leadership experience
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Interest in serving underserved populations
  • Interest in pursuing a career in internal medicine, especially academic internal medicine

Rolling deadline; Applications accepted through May 1, 2009. Application must be received 2-4 weeks prior to the elective start date.

More Information
For further information about Visiting Medical Student Scholarship Program or to receive an application, please contact:

Medical Student Scholarship Program
WSU Department Internal Medicine
4201 St. Antoine, 2E
Detroit, Mi, 48201

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