Each year, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute offers a summer externship; an opportunity 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 long term, interdisciplinary care to patients with Alzheimer’s disease 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.
Schedule: Part-time weekdays, Summer 2023. Students meet 4-6 consecutive weeks during the timeframe of Monday, June 5 to Friday, July 28, 2023.
Slots available: 2
Locations: The program was virtual in 2023; with the possibility of in-person shadowing. A formal daily schedule is provided to each student.
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: March 17, 2023 or until spots are filled.
Questions? Please contact Molly Schroeder for more information.