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MS Clinical Mentorship for Medical Students

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The National MS Society offers a four-week MS clinical mentorship program to students who have completed at least one year of medical school. The experience will expose students to the diagnosis and comprehensive management of MS under the tutelage of MS experts.  Our goals:
  • to raise awareness of the challenges experienced by people with MS
  • to generate interest in a career in MS care
 
The student will work with neurologists and other clinicians specializing in MS (e.g., urologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, physiatrists, nurses, radiologists, rehab therapists, etc.) and observe most aspects of MS specialty care. Over the course of the four weeks the student will spend time at one or more Centers for Comprehensive MS Care and may spend time at community practice locations and other settings (e.g. rehabilitation, long term care, clinical trials research). The mentorship is full-time and takes place Monday-Friday during regular business hours, with possible evening hours (no more than three or four nights over the course of four weeks). The MS Society provides an award of $2,000 to the student.

Mentorship sites for summer 2017

  1. Cleveland, OH
  • Contact: Tony Bernard; anthony.bernard@nmss.org; 614-515-4608
  • Start date: June 5
  • Placement is at The Clinic Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research, during which time the student will have the opportunity to observe outpatient clinics, physical therapy and occupational therapy sessions, and rehabilitation clinics. In addition they may have the opportunity to observe clinical trials patients.   Mentor: Dr. Alex Rae-Grant
  1. Greater Boston Area, Boston, MA
  • Contact: David Young-Hong david.young-hong@nmss.org, 781-693-5142
  • Start date(s): June 1st or July 1st
  • Students will rotate through 5-7 area Centers for Comprehensive MS Care spending 2-4 days at each center, and will have exposure to complementary specialties such as physiatry, and neuro-urology.  Multiple mentors.
  1. Seattle & Spokane, WA
  • Contact: Piper Reynolds; piper.reynolds@nmss.org; 206-515-4571
  • Start date(s): The program is designed to work within a student’s schedule for four consecutive weeks between the months of May – October 2016 at a time that is mutually convenient for students and clinics alike. Commitment must be full-time for the entire four weeks.  Applicants must note their preferred start date on the application (which must fall between the months of May – October 2017).
  • Seattle, WA: Students will rotate through 4 Centers for Comprehensive MS Care, spending 4-5 days at each center: UW Medicine MS Center, Swedish MS Center, Virginia Mason MS Center and the VA MS Center of Excellence.  The student will be exposed to neurology, neuro-radiology, rehabilitation, neuro-urology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychology and other clinical specialties involved in MS care. Multiple mentors.
  • Spokane, WA: Students will rotate through 3 settings in Spokane, WA and Coeur d'Alene, ID spending 4-5 days at each clinic, including the Providence MS Center, Rockwood Clinic MS Center, and Kootenai Neurology Clinic.  The student will be exposed to neurology, neuro-radiology, neuro-ophthalmology, psychology and other clinical specialties involved in MS care.  Multiple mentors.
  1. Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
  • Contact: Chloe Rogers; chloe.rogers@nmss.org; 469-619-4712
  • Start date: June 5
  • Students will rotate between one Center for Comprehensive MS Care, two Neurology practices, and one MS-specific Assisted Physical Training Center. In this mentorship, students will observe clinical practices and gain exposure to the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of patients living with MS. Multiple mentors.
  1. New York / NY
  • Contact: Andrea Arzt;  andrea.arzt@nmss.org; 212-453-3215
  • Start date(s): Fellowships are available in June and July for a four-week period. The commitment must be full-time for a consecutive four week period.  Awards may be activated Monday June 5, 12, 29, 26, or July 3, 10, 2017.
  • Students are each hosted at one Center for Comprehensive MS Care, located at a teaching hospital in the New York City-Southern New York area allowing access to multiple neurologists, specialties and interdisciplinary perspectives. Visits to other clinical settings important to understanding the interdisciplinary treatment of individuals with MS are also arranged. Multiple Mentors.

To apply

Register in the Society's MSGrants system and complete an online application including a personal statement and two letters of reference.

When registering on MSGrants, you will not receive your password immediately (this may take up to two business days), so allow enough time to receive your password and then enter the system to submit your application prior to the deadline.

Applications with letters of reference are due by February 17, 2017.

Questions? Contact Debra Frankel.
 

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