Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Extern Information

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
2019 Summer Extern Experience
June 3, 2019 - July 26, 2019

This is an eight-week Summer Externship program, sponsored by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Northwestern University Medical School. The externship program is held at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, located in downtown Chicago.

This program offers a unique and early clinical exposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. Primarily, students will assist in the clinical management of patients admitted to the AbilityLab. In addition, students will participate in a research project in a rehabilitation related field. There will be ongoing didactic and in-service efforts directed at the M1-M2 student level.

Next year's Extern Program will begin on June 3, 2019 and continue through July 26, 2019.

Each student will spend two, four-week rotations on separate inpatient rehabilitation services and have the opportunity to observe and participate in related clinical activities. By the end of the externship, each student is expected to write a research paper and present his/her project to the extern group and invited departmental faculty. Each student will be awarded a $3,000 stipend for participation in this 8-week program.

In previous years, students from many LCME (allopathic) and AOA (osteopathic) accredited medical schools across the United States have participated in this program. We have enjoyed the diverse medical school representation by students in this program, and we encourage any student (who is between their 1st and 2nd years of medical school) to apply. There are a limited number of available positions, so applicants are encouraged to apply immediately each year.

The Summer Externship Program has consistently provided a rewarding and enjoyable experience for medical students. Please direct all questions to the Medical Education Office at (312) 238-2870 or please fax us at (312) 238-1219. We look forward to hearing from interested students.

The 2019 Summer Extern Online Application deadline is Monday, January 7, 2019.

Decisions will be made shortly after application deadline.