Summer Internship in Medical Education

Summer 2019 Projects Coming Soon

Application Deadline February 25, 2019

This is an opportunity for medical students to spend the summer between years 1 and 2 working on a medical education project while simultaneously gaining exposure to educational theory and practice. This is a great opportunity for students who want to explore medical education as part of their career pathway.


The summer experience will be divided between a scholarly project in admissions, medical school, residency, or continuing medical education and exposure to principles of medical education. Students will work under the supervision of a leader in medical education who may be a clinician educator or a PhD educational specialist.

The Project

The project will reflect a priority issue within the medical school’s Office of Medical Education (OME). The specific projects will be determined through discussions involving the selected students and OME leadership. Each student will work on a different initiative. Components of the project may include lit review, debriefings, presentation to OME leadership, reflection.

Medical Education Theory

Students will gain exposure through:

  • assigned readings on medical education
  • one on one meetings with faculty and educators
  • participation in meetings applicable to their project and to medical education operations
  • participation in the monthly OME journal club
  • student-run journal club
  • weekly debrief meeting with the Director of Medical Education Development and Scholarship (MEDS)

Program Benefits

A stipend for this summer education experience will be provided, depending on the length of time of the project. The internship lasts for eight weeks.

Selection of Students

Applicants must be University of Minnesota medical students in good academic standing who have just completed year one. Students from both Twin Cities and Duluth are encouraged to apply, however, the cohort will be based on the Twin Cities campus.

Desired attributes:

  • Interest in medical education from a faculty/educator perspective
  • Interest in education research and scholarship
  • Ability to work independently

Applications will be reviewed by OME leadership. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.


MS1 Curriculum Curation - Project Mentors: Drs. Anne Pereira and Kelaine Haas

In an effort to continue aligning the curriculum within and between courses, students will curate the topics covered in the MS1 curriculum and cross-reference those topics with content on the USMLE Step1 exam. This will provide an MS1 complement to the Drugs and Disease Database that has provided a useful snapshot of the MS2 curriculum. 

Competency-Based Admissions  - Project Mentors: Associate Dean Dimple Patel and Dr. Deborah Powell

The TC Office of Admissions is exploring the possibility of implementing a competency-based admissions program. Student intern would research competency based evaluation methods, create a proposal, and a plan for implementation.

Opening the Door to Stopping the Line  - Project Mentors: Dr. Katharine (Kaz) Nelson

This project, entitled "Opening the Door to Stopping the Line" consists of creating an informational/motivational roadmap for resident/student incident reporting (e.g., patient incidents, such as medical errors/violations of hospital policy, etc.) at our different clinical sites. 

Wellbeing Program  - Project Mentors: Dr. Scott Slattery

We are seeking students interested in advancing the Student Wellbeing Progam into the 2018-19 Academic Year. This could be through planning next year's curriculum, developing new projects or initiatives, and/or by considering new ways to assess wellness.

Contact Medical Education

Twin Cities Campus

Duluth Campus