Summer Externship in Dementia Care

A summer externship opportunity is available to one or two first year students enrolled at UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The student(s) will work with physicians virtually in dementia diagnostic clinics, primary care and neurology. Their focus will be on the geriatric population, specifically those with dementia, but will also include exposure to a wide range of older patients with chronic conditions. Students will also spend time with other health care providers and learning more about community resources.

The goal of this innovative program is to increase the knowledge and skills of future health care providers to provide longterm, interdisciplinary care to patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias and to their families. At the completion of this program, students will be able to: describe the diagnosis, treatment, and management of dementia and mild cognitive impairment; recognize the roles of a multidisciplinary team in dementia care; identify common concerns of the person living with dementia and their families/caregiver(s); discuss current memory research studies; and identify community resources to support persons living with dementia and their families to live in their homes for as long as possible.

Date/Time:  Full time (M-F), Summer 2021. Students will do three consecutive weeks during the timeframe of Monday, May 31 through Friday, July 30, 2021.

Slots available: 1-2

Locations: This program will be virtual in 2021. A formal daily schedule will be provided to each student.

Stipend:  $400/week

Who can apply:  Students at UW School of Medicine and Public Health who have completed their first year of medical school by the time the externship begins.

Application deadline is June 11, 2021 or until spots are filled. Apply today!

Questions? Please contact Bonnie Nuttkinson for more information.

This externship is a program of Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. When held in-person, the externship is partially funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Northern Highland AHEC and Scenic Rivers AHEC.

Download the 2021 program flyer


“I really enjoyed the opportunity for hands-on learning in a clinical setting. Each of the providers were great teachers and provided a very open atmosphere for questions, comments and suggestions.

I felt like I was made more aware of what physicians and psychologists and social workers are doing to diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s at many of the sites around the state. Additionally, I found it really valuable to learn about the community programs that help individuals and families.”

– A graduate of a previous summer externship