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MS Clinical Mentorships

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, 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 as well as spend time learning about other clinical aspects of care to include comprehensive neurological care and rehabilitation.

  • The mentorship is available in June 2020.
  • The student will be hosted by Kessler Foundation with campuses in East Hanover and West Orange New Jersey.
  • Over the course of the three weeks the student will spend time at one or more National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partners in MS Care Centers for Comprehensive MS Care in northern NJ or NYC and may observe a range of mental health and associated activities in other settings (e.g. support group, wellness activity, educational program).
  • The selected student will receive a $2000 award.

To apply

Applications are now open. Application deadline April 1 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 Darren Ball.

MS Clinical Mentorship for Medical Students

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

To apply

Please note the 2020 Medical Student Mentorship application is closed. The application for Summer 2021 will open on December 1, 2020.

Questions? Contact Darren Ball.

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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