World Knowledge provides a unique opportunity for medical students exiting their first year of training to engage in a research project with a WK member. The program is designed to allow medical students to gain exposure in clinical research, begin thinking like clinical scientists, and prepare to successfully achieve participation in national meetings through abstracts and presentations.

This is a seven-week program (June 1- July 17, 2015) with up to 20 positions available. Students will apply for one research track; either a medicine OR surgical research track.

General Surgery, Subspecialties and Anesthesia Track includes research associated with the evaluation and surgical management in the following areas: abdominal organ, skin, breast, soft tissue, vascular system, head and neck, trauma and surgical intensive care. Subspecialties within general surgery are plastic, pediatric, colorectal, transplant, vascular, and cardiothoracic surgery. Other surgical disciplines include urology, otolaryngology (ENT), neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery and Anesthesia.

Internal Medicine, Subspecialties and Emergency Track includes research associated with the prevention, evaluation, and management in the following areas: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Endocrinology Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Hematology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Oncology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology and Sports Medicine; other programs include Neurology and Radiology


The selection process will be made by the WK directors based on the medical student’s application, description of previous research. Once selected, each student will rank available.

Application & Requirements

Applications Students participating in the Externship Program are provided, upon successful completion of the program, To apply, participate and receive a stipend, the medical student is expected to:

  • This program is only open to University School of Medicine Students.
  • Complete application and attach:
  • A current CV
  • A personal statement describing previous research experience and/or why you would like to participate in this program (should be limited to one page)
  • Fully participate and attend the entire Tow-week program (no vacations are allowed during this period)

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