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NIH Clinical Electives Program (CEP) for Medical and Dental Students (for third- and fourth-year students)

This program is a unique opportunity for senior medical and dental students to gain invaluable experience in the medical field and obtain graduation credit.  The CEP offers four to 12-week clinical elective rotations to both national and international senior medical or dental students in a multitude of medical disciplines at the NIH Clinical Center. Students can choose from a total of 33 clinical electives.  Rotations provide students with the opportunity for direct experience in the care of patients enrolled in investigational protocols under the mentorship of world renowned clinician-scientists.  Participants also learn about the design and conduct of clinical trials and fundamental principles of translational medicine while evaluating or treating patients in the clinic or on the wards.  In addition, the program offers a number of opportunities for students who are interested in research-only rotations.

To be eligible for most electives, a student must have completed clerkships in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery (or have verification of a passing grade in the case of pending clerkships).  Questions regarding the program are answered on the CEP website under “FAQs.”