Most externships require that students be in their junior or senior year of dental school in order to apply. Externships are 1-4 weeks in length. Externs will be able to assist oral and maxillofacial residents with surgery and other procedures as well as attend conferences, seminars and other training opportunities.
Externs will gain hands-on experience in many clinical areas. These include family and internal medicine, general and urological surgery, radiology, pathology, pediatrics, oncology, hematology, cardiology, anesthesiology, OB/GYN, and more.
Eligible students may major in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, and psychology. Externs will receive mentoring from practicing physicians. The work will take place at a physician's office, at a clinic or other health facility.
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.
The program provides nurses with a mentor who will support them and help them gain valuable skills that they will need in order to work in a hospital environment. The mentor serves an important role in helping new nurses improve their skill level so they can provide the best possible patient care.
By participating in an externship, veterinary students will work with specialists, residents, interns, and senior emergency clinicians. The externships last up to two weeks and give externs an overview of all aspects involved in the medical treatment of animals.
Veterinary students interested in gaining first-hand experience in shelter medicine are encouraged to apply. By observing experienced shelter veterinarians, students will gain valuable clinical experience and exposure to career options in shelter veterinarian medical practice.
Students applying for the program must be in good academic standing. They must also have completed courses that have taught them basic oral and maxillofacial surgery. They must know how to administer local anesthesia and perform dental surgery of the teeth, soft tissue, and the jawbone, such as teeth extraction.