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MS Clinical Mentorships

“Participating in Psychology Clinical Mentorship program, has been an invaluable training experience for me. This mentorship program highlighted the dedication of NMSS to training a future generation of providers for MS patients and the tremendous support they offer to research, clinicians, and patients. The program included a broad overview of current research as well as the different members of a coordinated care team for MS, including neurologist, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. Being able to meet one-on-one with all these individuals allowed for an individualized learning experience. After participating in this program, I am more excited than ever to continue to work with persons with MS and pursue research and clinical experiences with this population.”

- Kaitlin Riegler – Psychology Graduate Student, Penn State University, PA
 

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

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

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The National MS Society is committed to raising awareness of careers in MS care. See below for information about MS clinical mentorship for medical students and psychology graduate students.

Virtual MS Clinical Mentorship for Medical Students

The National MS Society offers an MS clinical mentorship program to students who have completed at least one year of medical school. The experience exposes 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

Students will work with neurologists and other clinicians specializing in MS (e.g., physiatrists, nurses,  rehab therapists, etc.) and observe many aspects of MS specialty care.

The MS Clinical Mentorship Program occurs during the summer months. Applications open in December.  Check back here for updates.

To apply

Applications are closed for 2021. If you're interested in the program for 2022, please email piper.reynolds@nmss.org.

2021 Virtual Medical Student Mentorship - Didactic Webinar Recordings

Monday, June 14, 2021

  • National MS Society: A Supportive Partner
    Kaye Gooch; Suma Shah, MD

    Objective: Learn about the mission and work of the National MS Society, and explain how the Society partners with health care professionals to provide optimal care and support for people affected by MS.
  • National MS Society: MS Navigator
    Becky Hueske; Danielle Tardif; Nina Bozinov, MD

    Objective: To gain a deeper understanding of the Society’s MS Navigator services and how the Society collaborates with healthcare providers when supporting people impacted by MS.
  • Understanding Multiple Sclerosis: What MS Is
    Derrick S. Robertson, MD

    Objective: To review the diagnostic criteria of MS with an emphasis on the role of neuroimaging and other paraclinical tests in the diagnosis and management of MS.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • National MS Society: Advocacy
    Kim Calder, Jennifer Muthig

    Objective: To discuss the Society’s policy priorities: research funding, access to MS medications and access to coverage. To share the role of healthcare professionals in advocacy, how you can get involved and why it matters.
  • National MS Society: Research
    Kathleen Zackowski, PhD, OTR; Francois Bethoux, MD; Jennifer Graves, MD, PhD; Tim Vartanian MD, PhD

    Objective: To introduce medical students to available research resources provided by the National MS Society and to learn perspectives from three research physicians in the MS field.
  • Understanding Multiple Sclerosis: What MS Is Not
    Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD
    Objective:
     To explore the differential diagnosis of inflammatory lesions of the central nervous system.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • National MS Society: Why Choose a Career in MS?
    Marwa Kaisey, MD
    Objective:
     Describe why medical students should consider pursuing a career in MS, what makes MS care an engaging and exciting field to specialize in, and the journey from residency to fellowship to an MS center.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

  • MS Across the Lifespan
    Suma Shah, MD
    Objective: 
    To review how age, sex, genetics, and environmental factors contribute to the phenotypic expression of MS.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

  • Symptom Management in MS
    Joan Ohayon, RN, MSN, CRNP, MSCN
    Objective: 
    To identify and manage common symptoms related to multiple sclerosis in order to provide optimal quality of life for people living with this disease.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Rehabilitation in MS
    Theodore Brown, MD, MPH and Melissa Gilbert, DPT, NCS
    Objective:
     Understanding role of multidisciplinary rehabilitation in MS care. Understanding symptom management for pain, spasticity and gait problems in MS.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

2020 Virtual Medical Student Mentorship - Didactic Webinar Recordings

  • July 14, 2020 - Understanding MS: What It Is and What It Is Not. View the recording here.
  • July 16, 2020 - Disease Modification for Multiple Sclerosis. View the recording here.
  • July 21, 2020 - MS Across the Life Span. View the recording here.
  • July 23, 2020 - A Path Forward: Understanding Healthcare Disparities and Implicit Bias to Improve Health Outcomes. View the recording here. 

Virtual MS Clinical Mentorship for Psychology Graduate Students

In collaboration with Kessler Foundation, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the National MS Society offers a three-week clinical mentorship experience for a psychology graduate student who has completed at least one year of their graduate program. The program will introduce diagnosis and comprehensive management of patients with multiple sclerosis and focus on neurocognitive, mood, and other psychosocial issues associated with multiple sclerosis. The students will virtually observe assessment and management strategies, learn about current research as it informs new treatment strategies, as well as spend time learning about other clinical aspects of care to include comprehensive neurological care and rehabilitation. Due to the continuing risk presented by Covid-19, the Society has determined there will be no in-person program this year.  This program will be held virtually starting June 14 through July 7, 2021.  Students will not receive a stipend due to the virtual model.

Highlights

  • The mentorship is available June 14- July 7, 2021. It is full time Monday-Friday during regular business hours, with possible evening hours (no more than three or four nights over the course of the program). 
  • Mentor experiences from two sites are being offered:
    • Kessler Foundation with campuses in East Hanover and West Orange New Jersey.
      • Over the course of the three weeks the student will spend time observing patient care and in discussion with researchers and clinicians at Kessler Foundation and Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation as well as one or more National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care Centers for Comprehensive MS Care in northern NJ or NYC and will observe a range of mental health and associated activities in other settings (e.g. support group, wellness activity, educational program).
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
      • Over the course of the three weeks the student will spend time observing patient care and in discussion with researchers and clinicians at John Hopkins Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the John Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and other related departments of John Hopkins. In addition, the student will observe a range of mental health and associated activities in other settings in the Baltimore area (e.g. support group, wellness activity, educational program).
    • Students being hosted at either site will be offered opportunities for learning from each other and through scientists and researchers from both locations and appropriate sessions being offered in the parallel medical student clinical mentorship program being offered simultaneously.

To apply

Applications are now open.  Application deadline April 15 at 11:59pm ET. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

View application instructions and form 

Program Guidelines
Applicants must complete the online application. Only complete applications with all the required information will be considered. The mentorship is open to all graduate students attending school who are U.S. citizens or candidates lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
 
Application Requirements
  1. Complete application
  2. Two reference letters    
  3. Unofficial transcript
Questions? Contact Andrea Arzt.

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