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MS Clinical Mentorship for Medical Students

I had high expectations for the NMSS clinical mentorship, but this program taught me more than I had even anticipated. There were many other skills and ideas that I learned during this opportunity … from common strategies for treating symptoms to how to use the McDonald criteria for MS diagnosis. I am excited bring all I have learned to medical school. I look forward to learning more about neurology as I progress. In addition, I look forward to sharing this program with fellow students also interested in neurology. Thank you for this experience!

Nicole Rademacher - Medical Student, Seattle, WA

Again, it has been the best work experience I've had in my life. To be a part of a clinical care team that could drastically improve a patient's quality of life is not something to be taken for granted. The joy of patients leaving much more reassured than they came in is indescribable.

Kaiulani Houston, PhD, Dallas/Ft. Worth


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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.

Students at USF
Medical Students at University of South Florida
Left – Nidhi Patel attends University of Miami
Right – Francine Tait Avagnina attends San Juan Bautista, Puerto Rico
David Vo and mentor
David Vo, with Edward, the Pharmacist and Manager at the University Medical Center Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy in New Orleans

Mentorship sites for summer 2019

To apply

The application process for 2019 is closed. Applications for the 2020 program will open in November 2019.

Questions? Contact Lynette Coleman.


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