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General Internal Medicine Internship

Overview

In 2018, General Internal Medicine started the GIM Internship, founded and led by Anita Mesi, M.B.A., Division Administrator. The internship is designed to provide high school, college and graduate students with exposure and familiarity with career opportunities in the field of General Internal Medicine and academic medicine.

The internship program:

  • Provides each intern with faculty and staff mentorship that aligns with their interests
  • Provides adequate/structured oversight in a safe environment with necessary tools to perform tasks
  • Promotes diversity and an equal opportunity to be selected as an intern
  • Recruits qualified candidates, creating awareness and enthusiasm that will lead to careers in academic medicine and general internal medicine
  • Increases collaboration across all divisional programs

The following General Internal Medicine programs accept interns annually:

Patient Activated Learning System (PALS)

Research/Communication
A novel patient education platform that is highly engaging and easily understood by individuals with low health literacy. We have ongoing research projects that test various aspects of the system, as well as opportunities to learn content development under the guidance of a research librarian. We also have ongoing content development that needs creative visuals such as GIFs, infographics, and videos.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

REGARDS Program

Research
Large national epidemiology cohort study with 10 years of follow-up and rigorously adjudicated outcomes. Students and trainees interested in observational research methods can be integrated into a research team and participate in studies of health disparities. Students/trainees with statistical or mathematical skills would find this project of interest.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Southeastern Collaboration to Improve High Blood Pressure

Research
This large pragmatic trial is enrolling 2000 black Americans who live in the Alabama and North Carolina Black Belt regions. The trial is testing peer coaching vs. practice facilitation vs. both vs. enhanced usual care to understand which, if any, of these interventions can best improve blood pressure control.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Quality Improvement Academy

Research
Students from all health disciplines (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health policy, and pre-health) with an interest in working together with a team to improve the quality and safety of patient care are encouraged to apply.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) Program

Research
Subspecialty clinical program dedicated to the care of older adults with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Program will provide excellent state-of-the art comprehensive care to patients, as well as contribute to the broader scientific community through linked research endeavors.
Duration:12 weeks or 6 weeks

Home Health Aides Caring for Patients with Chronic Diseases

Research
Students who have an interest in understanding the role of paid caregivers in patient care and healthcare delivery should apply! Research team is large and includes community-based organizations in NYC. Students will have the opportunity to conduct surveys and interviews with home health aides and patients, as well as write medical educational material (for aides) and assist with data analysis.
Duration: 12 weeks

Rheumatology and Arthritis Clinical Research Program

Research
There is evidence that patients with rheumatoid arthritis are screened for hyperlipidemia less frequently than patients from the general population and patients with diabetes. It is important to highlight that cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time, it is still unknown the quality of care that patients with rheumatoid arthritis receive in general but more specifically, those that are members of minority groups (Hispanics and Blacks). Therefore, the goal of my research program is to address public health questions related to quality of care among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This program include work that goes from actual interventions to address these problems, to analysis of large datasets and claims data.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Cancer Health Services Research/Cancer Health Disparities

Research
Research intersection of primary care and oncology with a focus on minority health disparities.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Research Data Analytic Group

Research
Looking for a summer intern who is eager to learn more about the role of data in Health Services Research and population health and assist with current epidemiological and clinical research projects. The student will get exposure to secondary data sources pertaining to healthcare and population statistics from Census. Potential projects may involve statistical analysis using tools such as SAS, R and Stata. The candidate must be interested in working with data and familiarity with MS-Excel is required and exposure to any statistical software (i.e. SAS, R or Stata) is a plus.
Duration: 12 weeks

Team Dynamics and Group Decision Making in the Hospital

Research
Diagnostic error is the leading cause of preventable medical errors and is most attributed to faulty diagnostic reasoning. In teaching hospitals, medical decision making for hospitalized patients is performed in teams of small groups of experienced clinicians and trainees. Our program investigates team dynamics and group decision making in the hospital, and seeks to identify factors that influence team functioning and the incidence of diagnostic errors.
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Finance and Operations in an Academic Health System

Administration
This internship opportunity allows a college/graduate student to familiarize him/herself with the quadripartite mission: clinical, education, research, and mentoring in the academic health system and the day-to-day operations in one of the largest Divisions in a top-ranked medical school. The intern will assist with a wide range of duties, including analyzing data, preparing financial reports, reconciling balance sheet accounts, data entry, and collaborating with the Division Administrator on program development. A background in finance, economics, or accounting is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required.
Duration: 6 weeks

Community Health Education and Research Program (CHERP)

Research
A peer health educator training program. Volunteers from partnering faith-based and social service organizations receive targeted training on health and wellness promotion in neighborhoods with disproportionate burden of premature death from cardiovascular disease and cancer serviced by NewYork Presbyterian Hospital and its regional affiliate hospitals (NewYork-Presbyterian/Brooklyn Methodist, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell).
Duration: 6 weeks or 12 weeks

Eligibility

This internship program is open to external and internal applicants in the United States.

  • Medical students
  • University/college graduates
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Current university/college students
  • Current high school juniors and seniors

Duration

The internship requires considerable commitment and is offered as a 6 week program and a 12 week program from June through August.

Payment

Interns not participating in other established programs will receive a modest stipend upon a successful completion of the internship program.

Important Information

  • Housing, food, and transportation expenses are not covered.
  • Candidates will be informed of their selection by early April.
  • We are unable to sponsor visas.

Testimonials

During my time as a GIM intern, I was able to learn about the field of public health research in deeply engaging ways, even while working remotely. This program allowed me to form lasting connections with my research team, gave me perspective on how I can contribute to the field of medicine in the future, and expanded my opportunities with valuable mentor connections. Altogether, I deeply value my time as a GIM intern and am grateful for the lessons I have learned from my team. 

— Julia Loughman, class of 2023, Tufts University

Through the GIM internship I was able to participate in the research process from start to finish, observe medical student training sessions, and gain a broader perspective on academic medicine. I developed a strong relationship with my faculty mentor that has expanded my view on what it means to practice medicine and strengthened my desire to enter the field. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this program and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the variety of career opportunities in Internal Medicine. 

— Karissa DiPierro, class of 2022, Cornell University

My summer experience participating in the General Internal Medicine Internship at Weill Cornell Medicine strongly reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in medicine. By learning from and working with GIM faculty, I was able to hone my research skills and take advantage of the academic resources that a prestigious medical research institution like WCM has to offer. Through the internship, I developed an invaluable mentor relationship with a GIM faculty member, and learned how to collect and synthesize data from academic studies in order to write my first scoping literature review.

— Alex Zarska, class of 2020, Cornell University

As an intern at GIM, I learned so much about the many facets of patient care that go beyond disease. From doing research to interacting with patients, my experiences allowed me to cultivate a more well-rounded perspective on medicine. Above all, one of the most valuable aspects of the internship was the relationships that I formed with the other interns and my own team!

— Jade Pace, class of 2020, Cornell University

The General Internal Medicine Internship Program was an incredible experience for me this summer. I was able to engage in various types of interesting and challenging work on a regular basis as well as make meaningful contributions to the team. The opportunities for mentorship and professional growth are endless here and I would highly recommend this internship to future students.

— Jacob Eisner, class of 2020, Cornell University

General Internal Medicine

Monika Safford, M.D., Chief

Anita Mesi, M.B.A., Administrator

Tel: (646) 962-5900
Fax: (646) 962-5039
GIM-Admin@med.cornell.edu

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