The program is intended to attract high-quality medical students enrolled in an MD or DO program to U.S. to MD or DO training programs. This exposure is intended to make neurology a more attractive career option.
To provide up to 20 medical students enrolled in an MD or DO program the opportunity to augment their education and training, by participating in a visiting student program to network with neurologists.
The intent is to support any away rotation within the field of neurology including consultation and outpatient electives.
Description and Eligibility
1. 3rd or 4th year AAN Member medical students.
2. Location of visiting student program should be at a United States (U.S.) LCME/AOA accredited medical school or National Institutes of Health and NOT at the student’s home school.
3. Students must be in good standing at a U.S. LCME/AOA-accredited medical school.
4. Students must apply directly to the school offering the visiting student program. The AAN does not guarantee placement.
5. The AAN will provide the students with $2,000 each to help offset costs of this visiting student program. Proof of participation is required before the AAN will issue any funds.
6. Recipients must be willing to provide follow-up contact information, feedback on the experience, and a reflection of how this opportunity helped them in making their eventual specialty and residency program choice.
7. Rotations should be more than 3 weeks in duration.
8. Students accepted in a visiting program starting June 24, 2019 are eligible to apply.
9. At the time of application to the AAN students need to provide proof of application for the rotation, multiple proofs of applications may be submitted. Proof of application may include materials from VSAS.
10. Students must complete rotations by December 13, 2019.
11. Payment will not be sent until proof of rotation completion is provided to the AAN.
12. Preference will be given to students from schools without a required neurology experience.
Examples of what would qualify as visiting student programs are programs that specifically state that the work should be “clinical” (as opposed to research) and may be inpatient or outpatient based. Inpatient neurology service teams, consultation neurology, and ambulatory practice-based neurology experiences are suitable examples. The visiting student program is not an observership.
3rd or 4th year AAN Member Medical Students (if not already an AAN Member students may apply here: https://www.aan.com/membership/join-the-aan/ )
Student membership is free – there is no cost for students to be members of the AAN.
· Application period: June 3-28, 2019
· Application review: July 1-12, 2019
· Recipients Notified: Week of July 15, 2019
AAN application process is online; requirements include:
1. Letter of interest from the applicant:
· A single-spaced, one-page essay outlining the applicant's interest in a career in neurology, academic achievements, community involvement and plans to maximize the visiting student program opportunity.
· Highlight if current attendance is at a medical school without a dedicated neurology clerkship (3rd or 4th year) or elective and why a Neurology visiting student program rotation is being sought.
· If the student’s medical school has a neurology clerkship, explain why a rotation at another school is being sought.
2. A letter of recommendation from any faculty member at the student’s current school i.e. any faculty member who knows the student well, or a faculty member in the Dean’s office (single-spaced, one-page, on school letterhead). Letter should include:
· “I certify that (student name) is a 3rd or 4th year medical student in good standing/enrolled in (school name).”
· “(student name) is given permission for a visiting student program, for the period (from month, date, 2019 to month, date, 2019).”
· “I recommend (student name) for the AAN Visiting Student Scholarship because….”
3. Curriculum vitae
4. Proof of Application from the visiting school: Students must apply directly to the school offering the visiting student program. Multiple proofs of applications may be submitted.
5. Proof of Acceptance from the visiting school: Students must apply directly to the school offering the visiting student program. Proof of acceptance is required before the AAN will issue any funds.
Outcome Analysis Plan
An evaluation will be created for participants of this program. The information will be reviewed by the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee and improvements to the program will be made as needed.
Questions: contact Lucy Persaud at firstname.lastname@example.org