The externship includes a salary that is based on each student's experience and level of training. Eligible students must be pursuing a degree in the health care industry and have a grade point average of 2.0 or above.
Externs will work in the Indian Health Service (IHS) Division of Oral Health (DOH), or at a specific IHS or Tribal site. State-of-the-art facilities offer dental students an opportunity to work with real patients and also pursue career opportunities in the field of dentistry.
The externship is eight weeks in length. Applicants must be currently attending American allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Each extern will have a mentor who is a clinician-educator. Only one or two students per site are chosen for an externship.
Applicants must be willing to work at least one shift a week during the school semester. To be eligible to apply, nursing students must have completed their nursing school course work as required by the Maryland Board of Nursing and obtain their CNA certification two weeks prior to the start of the externship.
The externship is different than just observing. Externships provide real, hands-on work experience for medical students. Externs will work with an attending physician and perform clinical duties such as assessing patient histories and performing physical examinations. All extern duties are done at a hospital under the supervision of a U.S. licensed attending physician.
Eligible fields of study include nursing, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, psychology, optometry, physical therapy, medical technology and social work. Eligibility includes students who are recipients of scholarships in the health profession, American Indian or Alaska Native students studying in the health field, or Non-American Indian/Alaska Native students in a health profession.
Externships provide outside-the-classroom experience while earning college credit; a range of 3 - 11 credits are possible. The externship program provides field work experience along with a mandatory field-specific workshop that earns students 1 -2 college credit.
Clinical Externships in Autism Evaluation, Consultation and Treatment are available for students studying psychology with a strong interest in working with children. The externship is held at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders and offers students training in evaluation, consultation and treatment of autism and related disorders in toddlers, children and adolescents.
Externships may be with federal/state/local government agencies or courts. They may also be with non-profit organizations or law firms. All externships receive mentoring by an experienced attorney and are given work projects that reflect real-life experience practicing law.