Academic Year Internships
The Pre-Health Program is working with the Sewanee Bonner Scholars Program to bring a great opportunity to our pre-health students. We are working with local medical clinics and doctors to create a unique internship experience.
Pre-Med Internships will be sponsored by our partnering clinics in Winchester and Beersheba Springs. To apply, you should download the application and submit to Professor Alyssa Summers (SH153). A current resume is required and any letters of recommendation would enhance your application. After the application is reviewed, there will be an interview process. Past experience volunteering at the clinic is preferred but not mandatory.
We will choose approximately eight pre-health and pre-med students to work at each clinic. During the first weeks as an intern in this program, some of the responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
- Learn how to take blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, conditions and document results
- Interact with patients at desk and in the waiting room
- Help with patient assistance program
- Sort medication
- File medical paperwork
After the first semester of interning, you will be eligible to select a doctor to shadow. We have various doctors available, ranging from specialist in cardiology and neurology to general practitioners. All interns are required to attend an orientation. Each clinic will also have their own orientation.
Junior and Senior students will be provided a unique opportunity to affect the health of Type II diabetic patients by teaching them lifestyle changes within the context of the patients’ individual scenario. One of the most important ways to tackle this form of diabetes in rural settings is education. Diabetes Educator Interns will be sent patients after a doctor referral to discuss ways of managing their disease. Two to three students will develop the education program on a per-clinic basis using materials provided by Sewanee and the clinic. Materials will include log books for blood sugar and pressure, recipes with grocery store locations and costs, graphs, charts, and posters to help the Interns depict the patients situation.
The Diabetes Educator Interns will be responsible for weekly follow-ups with their patients, and will utilize the working relationship with patients they have developed during their time spent at the clinic. Diabetes Educator Interns will be trained by Sewanee professors and certified educators. They will learn about the disease and how it functions in the body, but also how lifestyle and habit contribute to the onset and progression of Type II diabetes. They will be expected to relay this information to patients and teach them how to take their medications, use insulin, take blood sugar, etc. After being trained, students must present information and do a mock session with selected Sewanee professors. After being trained, the Diabetes Educator Interns will be on a rotating schedule every time there is a general practitioner at the clinic where they are working.