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Bio 348--Health Professions Internship

(Not all internships are available every semester)

CLINICAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry)


SHARP HOSPICECARE  and GROSSMONT HOSPICE  Fall and Spring semesters.

Hospice is a home care program which provides nursing, emotional, and spiritual care to the terminally ill patients in the home setting.  Interns will attend hospice training which is a 40 hour classroom experience.  They will then be given the opportunity of 20 hours of clinical experience in the home setting with a member of the hospice team.  If interested, contact the PPHA office early so we can connect you with the hospice and you can learn the dates of the training, which may occur before school starts. Hospices may require a year commitment.

SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL--Fall and Spring semesters:  Click link for details

ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY OBSERVATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND MENTORSHIP--Fall and Spring semesters (Application must be signed by the physician. Obtain contact information in person from the PPHA Office)

Students selected for this opportunity will gain extraordinary exposure to the practice of orthopaedic surgery.  This internship provides the highly motivated pre-medical student with access to all aspects of a busy orthopaedic surgical practice within the Sharp Healthcare System as well as mentorship from an accomplished, academic, practicing orthopaedic surgeon. Interns will observe patient care in the orthopaedic clinic, operating room, and the emergency room. Under the supervision of the mentor, interns will also have access to a variety of educational opportunities including attending medical lectures as well as visiting surgical training facilities wherein they may assist with/perform mock-surgeries. Under the supervision of their orthopaedic mentor, students will formulate and complete a clinical project on the topic of bone and joint diseases.  This project will guide the individual’s learning objectives and serve as a major focus of their internship experience. This project will be at least as comprehensive as the usual ten page paper required for an internship and the plan must be signed off within the first two weeks of the internship.

SCRIPPS GREEN HOSPITAL--Fall and Spring semesters:  Click link for details

UCSD DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE--Fall and Spring semesters (Students must be UCSD medical center volunteers before submitting an application)UCSD's Department of Emergency Medicine has a variety of research projects that undergraduates will become a part of through the new Research Associate Program. This program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in "cutting edge" clinical research being performed in the UCSD Emergency Department. Rather than serving as subjects, however, the students will work directly with ED faculty, residents, and medical students, assisting in patient enrollment and data collection. Additionally, students will have the opportunities to participate in special research projects with faculty on various current medical topics. Arrangements may be made to earn from 1 to 3 Cr/NCr units for this particular internship only. Requires a commitment of 100 hours and six months of service. Students must first become UCSD Medical Center Volunteers prior to participation in the Research Associate Program. Details on available on the Research Associate website: http://emergencymed.ucsd.edu/research/Pages/associates.aspx

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES (CAMPUS) - Fall and Spring semesters: 2 positions.

This internship provides a broad exposure to the activities of a busy outpatient ambulatory healthcare clinic.
The intern will be assigned to follow a variety of doctors and nurse practitioners and directly observe
their interaction with patients.  In addition, the intern will spend time observing the activities of the Radiology
Department, Health Promotion Department, Urgent Care and Laboratory.  Opportunities exist to further
explore specialty areas such as orthopedics, dermatology, optometry, osteopathic manipulation and acupuncture.

--Fall and Spring semesters

La Maestra Community Health Centers: Clinical Internship

La Maestra Community Health Centers is a non-profit agency funded for the purpose of providing inexpensive, high quality professional health care to persons who may require such care, but are unable to afford the cost. This is provided in an atmosphere, which fosters and promotes the most positive regard for human worth and dignity. Located on El Cajon Blvd and Fairmount Avenue, near SDSU, the clinic is very diverse in terms of the staff and patients. The majority of the patients are Hispanic, Somali, and Sudanese. Departments include: pediatrics, general medicine, optometry, Ob/Gyn, and Health Education. Our philosophy is the Circle of Care, striving to provide comprehensive medical services since access to care is very difficult for low-income patients.

Position: Community Health Fair Project Coordinator

Under supervision of the Community Health Educator, volunteers will be responsible for the organization of various community health education projects. Projects include patient and community education in areas such as the prevention and management of diabetes, hypertension, and the promotion of sex education. Volunteers are able to work from home, but must be able to attend health fairs held the third Wednesday of each month. The health fair will run from 9-2pm, interns will be able to arrange shifts in order to accommodate their schedules. This is a great opportunity for pre-professional students to learn about patient interaction and experience first hand what it is to work community clinic setting.

Requirements: Bilingual (English and Spanish), motivated, responsible and hard working individuals. Upon reviewing the application, volunteers will be contacted and scheduled for an interview.


UCSD FREE CLINIC PROJECT-Fall and Spring semesters (Number of students determined by Free Clinic Staff)

This internship provides the unique opportunity to learn how a clinic is run and to work on a fascinating population with complicated dental and medical issues to balance. You will work with community dentists who provide services that include exams, x-rays, cleaning, scaling and root planing, amalgam and composite fillings, extractions, restorative dentistry including stayplates/flippers, partial and complete dentures and even some crown and bridgework. A mobile dental clinic to serve a broader area of San Diego is currently being outfitted. You must submit two applications. The regular SDSU application on the webpage, and the UCSD Free Clinic Application. Submit these to the SDSU Preprofessional Health Advising Office. Copies will be sent to the Free Clinic. Applicants may be interviewed by the free clinic for this internship.


INSIGHT VISION CENTER- Fall and Spring semesters (Number of students determined by Insight Vision Center)
The Center provides  comprehensive vision examinations and vision therapy to low income patients with learning related vision problems.  Interns will be trained and asked to perform preliminary examinations which will include using equipment for testing patients' visual fields and also a tonometer.  Interns will assist Dr. Sanet with examinations and with vision therapy sessions with patients.


DR. JEFFREY KORN AND DR. PETER LY- Fall and Spring semesters: Number of postiions to be determined.

Learn about podiatry in two different podiatric offices. Learn about the medicine of the lower extremities and what a podiatric practice entails.


VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL VETERINARY MEDICAL UNIT--Fall Semester only--two students: Learn procedures, guidelines and regulations related to the care of laboratory animals. Students will put in more than the 60 hours per semester required by the PPHA office since they are required to work at least 8 hours a week, split into 2 days.  Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.  Responsibilities include performing health rounds, husbandry procedures, enrichment activities, animal census, sex identification of rodents, anesthesia and blood collection. Interns are required to attend a two-day VA orientation and a two-hour VMU orientation. Students must provide verification of legal employment eligibility, proof of current tetanus vaccination, and negative TB test results.

ON YOUR OWN - Fall and Spring

In lieu of an internship arranged by the Preprofessional Advising Office, you may arrange your own internship in a health setting or get help through one of the clubs. To receive credit for these internships, you must receive approval from the preprofessional advisor and provide a contact (at the facility) for this office prior to beginning your activity. The same requirements for hours (60 total), a 10-page paper, an evaluation, and enrollment in Bio 348 that pertain to the other internships also apply to those arranged by the students. Since this is arranged by the intern, the May 1 or Dec. 1 application does not apply, but all arrangements must be ok'd by the PPHA office prior to the first day of class. The paper and evaluation remain due on December 1 for fall internships and on May 1 for those in the spring.

To receive an add code for the Bio 348 class you must:
1) complete/submit an Internship Application-Bio 348 form by the appropriate deadline

2) Complete a Special Studies form and enroll in Bio348 for one (1) credit.
In the performance of your internship, it is your responsibility to notify your supervisor if you are going to be absent. Make sure that you wear professional clothing when you are on site: slacks and shirts (male or female) or dresses/skirts (female).

Your paper should include:
a. A literature review of the topic

b. A description of clinical assessment, treatment and prognosis

c. Conclusion

d. References or Bibliography
At least 5 journal articles must be referenced that were published within the last two years. No book sources are to be used. Reference quotations or ideas within the body of the text as well as in the reference/bibliography section.

Use the following format for scientific journal articles in your bibliography or references section:

Hall, C. 1995. Effects of thiamine deficiency on thermostasis and circadian rhythm SDSU McNair Journal 2:181-189.

For Website citations:

Hall, C. 1995. Effects of thiamine deficiency on thermostasis and circadian rhythm.
Available: http://url address.

You will be graded for this one unit course and can receive either an A or F based on your participation as evaluated by 1)the physicians and staff administering the internship, 2)your paper, and 3)your written evaluation of the experience. However, if you earn an incomplete (I), the highest grade possible, when all requirements are filled, is a B. Your grade will be based on the quality of your work, and how promptly the missing work is submitted.

All internship papers and evaluations are due the first weekday of finals.

A half-page written evaluation of your experience in the internship must also be submitted at the same time for you to earn a grade.


Guidelines for Writing Papers for the PPHA Office

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