Opportunities - SAVMA One Health Challenge

There are many opportunities for veterinary students to expand their horizons and get involved in public health and other areas of the veterinary profession. Below are just some of these opportunities. If you know of others that you don't see listed below and would like to share these with your SAVMA colleagues, please email the SAVMA Global & Public Health Officer at savmagpho@gmail.com.

  1. Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program. The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Program is seeking applicants for a one-year clinical research training experience. Participants in the program, which is open to all doctoral students in medical and health professions schools, will experience mentored clinical research training at one of 25 top-ranked National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research centers in Africa, Asia, South America, or the Caribbean. The program is sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center, in partnership with 15 other NIH institutes, centers, and offices, and is administered by the FICRS-F Support Center at Vanderbilt University, the AAMC, and the Association of Schools of Public Health. Applications are due Dec. 3. To learn more and to obtain an application, please visit http://www.fogartyscholars.org/scholars, or contact scholars@fogartyscholars.org with questions.
  2. HHMI Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students Program (medical Fellows Program). This HHMI program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students from U.S. schools to spend a year conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research at any school or nonprofit research institution in the United States, except at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. For the 2010-2011 program year, Fellows will receive a stipend of $27,000, a fellow's allowance of $5,500 that may be used for health care and other expenses, and a $5,500 research allowance. The application deadline is January 11, 2010. For further information, visit: www.hhmi.org/medfellowships.
  3. The HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program (Cloister Program) This program enables medical, dental, and veterinary students from U.S. schools to spend 9 to 12 months conducting basic, translational, or applied biomedical research in one of the many laboratories on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Novel aspects of this program include housing for all Scholars together on the NIH campus, and student selection of preceptor and research project after acceptance into the program. For the 2010-2011 program year, Scholars will receive annual compensation of $27,000, health insurance, moving expense reimbursement, and numerous other benefits. The application deadline is January 10, 2010. For further information, visit: www.hhmi.org/cloister.
  4. CDC Epidemiology Elective Program, This is a 6-8 week program for 4th year medical and veterinary students. In the Epidemiology Elective, students learn through hands-on experience working on a current public health project, and are mentored by experienced CDC staff. Most assignments are at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA, but students can be placed at one of CDC's other offices as well depending on interests. The goal of the program is to give students an introduction to public health, preventive medicine and the principles of applied epidemiology. To learn more, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/EpiElective/.
  5. The O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health, endowed by the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust, is designed to encourage students to think of public health in a global context. The fellowship provides an opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Hubert fellows receive a stipend and spend six to twelve weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff. Through these experiences, students establish relationships with, and receive training from, recognized experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies. To learn more visit http://www.cdc.gov/hubertfellowship/.
  6. The Federal Regulatory Clerkship Program, run by VMRCVM's Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM), is the only one of its kind in the U.S. The program is designed to give fourth year veterinary students like you a real-world opportunity to see how policies guiding the approval of new animal drugs are developed and implemented by the CVM. As a fourth year veterinary student, you will spend three to six weeks exploring various aspects of CVM's day-to-day workload and policy issues. You will be paired with a CVM mentor who will guide you throughout your Clerkship. To learn more visit http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/org/md/cpcvm/clerk/fed.asp.
  7. Commissioned Corps Officer Student Training and Extern Program (COSTEP) The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps offers two excellent opportunities for students to serve their country while completing their education. If you are interested in a public health career, we encourage you to apply to the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) and the Senior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (SRCOSTEP). Both programs offer excellent benefits and are highly competitive. To learn more, please visit http://www.usphs.gov/student/COSTEP.aspx

More opportunities are added as they are made available.