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Health Sciences Program

Medical Scholars Externship at KDH

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The Medical Scholars externship is a unique opportunity geared specifically for individuals who seek to pursue a career in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dentistry, or public health. Inspired by the clinical rotations undertaken by third and fourth year medical students, the externship partners with King's Daughters' Health and local health providers in nearby Madison. This immersive ten-week program offers participants opportunity to gain first hand exposure to numerous medical specialties (physician), out-patient and in-patient shadowing (physical and occupational therapy), exposure to multiple dental practices as well as specialist practices in orthodontics and endodontics (dental), or exposure to numerous public health settings. Participants gain extensive shadowing experience but also develop personal connections with practicing physicians, therapists, dentists, or public health practitioners in the area. Students may elect to use the externship as one unit of academic credit.

Possible Rotations for Physician Track:
Anesthesiology Cardiology Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine Internal Medicine Nephrology
Neurology Obstetrics & Gynecology Oncology
Otolaryngology Pediatrics  Radiology

Time Commitment:

  • 10+ weeks during the semester
  • Minimum of 2 hours in the clinic or rehabilitation center, twice a week

Minimum Application Requirements

For Physician & Dental tracks: For Physical & Occupational Therapy & Public Health tracks:
One year of Hanover College Biology (BIO 161 & 185) Completion of Hanover College Human Anatomy (KIP 215) (PT/OT only)
One semester of Hanover College Organic Chemistry  (CHE 221) Cumulative GPA of 3.3 (Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above will receive consideration based on their other application materials.)
Cumulative GPA of 3.3  

Application Packet:

  • 500 word essay identifying your interest in this program and how it will benefit your future aspirations
  • Two faculty references. Letters are not required but the faculty member must be aware they will be contacted by the selection committee
  • Unofficial transcript demonstrating GPA and course requirements