Summer Externship in Dementia Care

Each year, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute is pleased to offer a summer externship opportunity is available to 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. Download the program flyer.


Date/Time:  Part time (M-F), Summer 2022. Students will do 4-6 consecutive weeks during the timeframe of Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 29, 2022.

Slots available: 2

Locations: The program will be virtual in 2022; with the possibility of in-person shadowing. 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 March 18, 2022 or until spots are filled. 

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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.

Testimonials from recent student externs:

“My month-long experience offered valuable insight into the dementia care network around the state of Wisconsin and beyond. I gained practical skills that will help me in whichever clinical field I choose and was able to form a sounder picture of what specialty I want to pursue thanks to mentorship offered during the externship. I met many wonderful caregivers, clinicians, and community partners that motivated me beyond my summer research project. Thank you to the supporters and coordinators of the program. I would highly recommend the externship to future medical students at all interested in dementia care or geriatrics!”

“The WAI Geriatric externship was filled with opportunity to explore not just the field of geriatrics, but fields of medicine including psychiatry, neurology, and beyond. The individuals I met throughout this experience were all incredibly kind and knowledgeable in their field of work; and were passionate about spreading awareness on how to better improve care for our elderly. This program emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary medicine and how critical every person’s role is, from family members to community leaders to physicians, in offering holistic care. I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and for the connections I was able to make with individuals throughout the community focusing on better geriatric care.”