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Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Collegiate Medical Summer Internship Program

Dialysis Clinic, Inc. has sponsored a summer internship for pre-medical students in the clinical area of organ transplantation since 1998. Over the last 12 years, the summer internship program has expanded to 11 cities all across the United States, and has given over 130 students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the medical field.

The internship will begin Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 and will end July 29th, 2011. Last year, the participating transplant centers were located in Albuquerque, NM; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Charleston, SC; Durham, NC; Knoxville, TN; Nashville, TN; Sacramento, CA; and Toledo, OH. Students living in or attending colleges or universities in one of these cities will not be placed with a host in that city.

The internship includes shadowing physicians on rounds in the hospital, observing and assisting in an outpatient/clinic facility, observing the coordination of a transplant, and scrubbing in during transplant and surgical operations. In addition, students will be able to visit the local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and HLA lab. Participants may also have the opportunity to do data collection for the transplant service or work on a clinical research project.

All interns will also participate as a counselor for Camp Okawehna, a week-long camp for dialyzed and post-kidney transplant children. Each intern's role is essential to the functioning of camp, and many interns have said that the week at camp was their favorite and most remarkable part of their entire summer internship. The camp is located in Nashville, TN and will take place the week following orientation, during the week of June 4th – June 10th.

The purpose of this internship is to expose the student to hospital and outpatient environments, as well as to specific areas of medicine such as surgery and clinical research. These experiences are designed to help students decide whether or not to pursue a career in medicine. There is a strong preference for students currently in their junior year of college with a serious interest in medicine. Housing will be provided for all interns, as well as roundtrip travel to the hosting transplant center. A stipend will also be provided.

To request an application or for questions regarding the internship program, you can contact the program director beginning November 2nd, 2010.

Stacey Walters swalters@dcids.org (615) 390-7495

Applications must be postmarked by February 20th, 2011. It would be beneficial for applicants to submit their application materials before this date since interns will be selected by a rolling admissions process.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to hearing from you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply if I am not a junior in college?
There is a strong preference for students completing their junior year of college. However, a few sophomores and/or seniors have been selected in past years. This acceptance of sophomores or seniors is dependent on the applicant pool for each year.

How many intern positions are there?
In the most recent years, 16-18 interns have been selected for the summer internship.

Can I apply if I am an international student?
International students attending a college or university in the U.S. are welcome to apply. However, all things being equal, U.S. citizens will be given preference. Note: International travel will not be provided.

Where are locations planned for the summer 2011 program?
We are tentatively planning to send interns to the following locations: Albuquerque, NM; Ann Arbor, MI; Austin, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX; Charleston, SC; Durham, NC; Knoxville, TN; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Sacramento, CA; and Toledo, OH.

Does DCI have rolling admissions for the internship program?
Yes, this is the first year that the internship will have rolling admissions. Thus, it is important that applicants try and submit their application as soon as possible.

How do applicants know that their application has been received?
The internship director will try and send email confirmation to applicants within two weeks of receipt of application materials. However, it is the applicant's ultimate responsibility to make sure that they send all application requirements. Applicants can send their application materials in an envelope that will confirm delivery of their application if they wish.

How is internship placement determined?
Students rank their placement preferences once accepted for the program. Depending on center profiles, intern interests, and intern placement preference, interns will be placed in the most appropriate location. Again: Students living in or attending colleges or universities in one of these cities will not be placed with a host in that city.

Who facilitates my shadowing experience?
The internship coordinator, Stacey Walters, will set up communications with a host (physician and/or organ procurement organization) that will help coordinate shadowing experiences for each intern. Almost all of the hosts have participated in the program before and have provided a wonderful learning experience for past interns. These hosts are also personal friends of the internship's founder, Dr.Keith Johnson.

Am I required to be a counselor at Camp Okawehna?
Yes, all interns play an essential role in the success of the camp. You will be a mentor for 3-6 children or teenagers (they will comprise your cabin), ranging in age from 6 to 18. There will also be several healthcare professionals to assist you at all times.

What kind of housing is provided?
Depending on location, interns will either be placed in a house, an extended stay hotel, or a dorm.

How much is the stipend?
Depending on funding, the stipend is typically around $1,500.

Will I need a car?
Unfortunately, almost every intern will need to have a car due to the nature of this experience. However, there are a couple of placements available for interns that do not have access to a vehicle.

How will I need to dress at my location?
Interns are expected to dress business casual unless told otherwise.

Tentative Timeline for DCI Summer Internship Program

November 2010-

Applicants are able to request and submit their application.

December 2010-

Applicants are able to request and submit their application.

January 2011-

Applicants are able to request and submit their application.
First group of internship phone interviews are held.

February 2011-

Applicants are able to request and submit their application.
Applications must be accepted/postmarked by February 25th.
Second group of internship phone interviews are held.

March 2011-

Third and final group of internship phone interviews are held.
Final acceptance/rejection letters emailed by March 31st.

April 2011-

Intern locations will be finalized by April 8th.
Travel and housing arrangements will be made.

May 2011-

Travel and housing arrangements will be finalized.
May 30th - 31st - Interns will travel to Nashville, TN.
May 31st - Orientation will begin in Nashville, TN.

June 2011-

June 1st - 2nd- Orientation in Nashville, TN.
June 3rd – Interns will drive to Camp Okawehna and set up.
June 4th – 10th- Camp Okawehna
June 10th – Pack up Camp Okawehna, drive to Nashville, TN.
June 11th – 12th – Interns travel to their location.
June 13th – Interns begin working with their host.

July 2011-

July 26th - 27th – Last day intern spends working with host.
July 27th – 28th – Interns travel back to Nashville, TN.
July 28th – Intern presentations in Nashville, TN.
July 28th – 29th – Interns travel back to home location.

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