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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.

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 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.

Highlights
  • The mentorship is available in June 2021, start date June 7.*  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). 
  • 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).
  • The selected student will receive a $2000 award.**
*IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19: If Covid-19 presents too great a risk for students to attend this program in-person in 2021, we will offer it in a virtual format. We hope to make this determination soon after the new year. By applying for this program, you are agreeing to participate in either the in-person or the virtual program, depending on the outlook of the pandemic. The virtual program would be condensed to two weeks (starting June 14) and would consist of most of the same elements as the in-person program, albeit in a fully virtual format.  Thank you for your understanding of these complicated times.
**AWARD STIPULATION: Students would not receive a $2000 award in the virtual model.


To apply

Applications are now open.  Application deadline March 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 student must make their own living arrangements. They must also have their own daily transportation and the ability to travel to the assigned mentorship sites. 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. Curriculum vitae of applicant
  4. Unofficial transcript
Questions? Contact Andrea Arzt.

Virtual MS Clinical Mentorship for Medical Students

The National MS Society offers a two-week virtual 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., physiatrists, nurses,  rehab therapists, etc.) and observe many aspects of MS specialty care.

Over the course of the two weeks the student will spend time with one or more MS specialists. Click here to read descriptions of each mentorship site in 10 different US cities.

The mentorship takes place Monday-Friday running June 14th through the 25th  during regular business hours.

To apply

Applications are now open. Application deadline March 1 at 11:59pm ET. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

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. Curriculum vitae of applicant

Application Steps

  1. View Application Instructions Here
  2. View Mentorship Site Descriptions Here 
  3. Apply Online Here

Note: As a part of the MS Clinical Mentorship Program, we will open up the virtual didactic presentations to any medical student interested in MS, whether or not they are in the program.  If you are interested in receiving information about how to join the didactic presentations only, please email Piper Reynolds and enter "Didactic Presentation Interest" into the subject line.

Questions? Contact Piper Reynolds.

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. 

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