There are several options for medical students to complete the required Path of Distinction in Public Health project/field experience.
We require students to engage early and complete projects in the summer during Phase 1 of medical school. Multiple opportunities exist through established programs and projects facilitated through the university.
A project can range from a public health field experience (e.g., working in a community agency, health department or international setting) to a health care quality improvement project, to a public health research project. The project must be community-facing, meaning a community partner must be engaged in the project.
How do I find a project?
Students who participate in the Path of Distinction in Public Health may craft an experience specific to their interest in any area, such as urban health, rural health, global health, health care quality, health disparities or health policy. The Path of Distinction in Public Health collaborates with programs throughout the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. These programs offer ideal ways to have a field experience in an area of specific interest while meeting the requirements of Path of Distinction.
Shapiro Summer Research Program
Medical students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health have numerous opportunities to engage in mentored research through several school-sponsored programs and external programs offered by the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and many others. Learn about the Shapiro Summer Research Program
Several Shapiro projects have a community-facing facet to the project or the opportunity to incorporate a community piece potentially exists.
Global Health Institute
The Global Health Institute (GHI) has created a range of global health field experiences for students in the health professions that may fulfill the Path of Distinction project requirement. Students who wish to pursue a global health field experience to fulfill the PoD-PH field experience requirement should contact James Conway, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Betsy Teigland email@example.com.
Students who wish to do more in-depth learning about global health are encouraged to complete the Global Health Certificate.
Summer Research Clinical Assistantship
The Summer Research Clinical Assistantship offered by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health allows students to work on clinically relevant, hands-on research under the mentorship of department faculty members.
Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation summer fellowship opportunities
The goal of the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program is to provide medical students a public health, research and/or community service opportunity within a Wisconsin community. The experience exists to educate students about ways in which the medical profession can work to improve health through connections to community organizations and/or government.
The period of these fellowships is eight to 10 weeks. Fellowships are be selected on a competitive basis, based on fellowship proposals submitted.
General fellowships available: For these general fellowships, students have the opportunity to create their own project or to connect with an existing project and submit a proposal for funding consideration. MD-MPH students are also eligible to apply and should email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with projects and mentors.
In addition, member physicians are willing to connect with students to create a project on many topics. All need to be submitted for funding consideration. For more information, contact Elizabeth Ringle at email@example.com.
POD-PH faculty and staff are happy to meet and discuss your interests and help identify possible mentors.