The program is designed to increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine and increase the number of minority students applying and matching in the Penn Internal Medicine residency program. Claiborne Childs, MD, MS is the director of this program.

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Program Description 

The visiting clerkship program is designed to give students a chance to experience the exceptional training that Penn Internal Medicine has to offer. Visiting students will spend four weeks on an inpatient internal medicine consultative services (cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, nephrology, pulmonary, or rheumatology) or an outpatient General Internal Medicine practice. In addition to the daily activities of the rotation, students will have the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds and other teaching conferences.

Accepted applicants will receive up to $1,500 reimbursement for housing, travel expenses and registrar acceptance fee.

Opportunities will be provided for visiting students to interact with underrepresented minority faculty and house staff as well as discuss their career plans with the Internal Medicine residency program director. Each student will be paired with a faculty member that will serve as a mentor and advisor.

Program Requirements

  • An interest in a career in Internal Medicine
  • Completion of all core clinical clerkships prior to the start of the Cooper Clerkship
  • Completed application including current CV, personal statement discussing career goals, one letter of recommendation (preferably from an internal medicine attending), official medical school transcript and USMLE I scores.

The application deadline is May 10, 2019 and accepted applicants will be notified by early June. An online version of the application can be found on the Alliance of Minority Physicians website.  

Contact Information

Claiborne B. Childs, MD, MS
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives, Internal Medicine Residency

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