Work/Volunteer Opportunities for Medical Students

Students: Seeking an Opportunity? 

Note: Medical students who wish to receive credit for any position should be sure to contact their UME advisor (Heather Peng or Cha Viloria). 

Want to Post an Opportunity? 
  • Post your on- and off-campus opportunities, including work study, volunteer opportunities, research assistant positions, internships, and/or community service experiences, at
    Note: As of May 1, 2015, we are only posting health and science-related positions (paid or volunteer) that enabler our medical students to build resumes with relevant experience.  We are not accepting other opportunities including home care, baby sitting, etc. or non-health/non-science related opportunities.
  • Research funding for students can be posted on the UCSF RAPtr (Resource Allocation Program for Trainees) program website (; please contact
  • International opportunities for students can be posted via the Global Health program website (; please contact

Questions?  Please, contact James Moser at or at (415) 476-4986. We will happily post your opportunity and keep up here for 30 days.  Thank you for thinking of our students 


San Francisco, CA

Organization: California Pacific Medical Center
Position: Research Intern
Compensation: None
Address: 3838 California Street, San Francisco, CA
Information about position:
To interested students,
I am an adjunct faculty physician at UCSF, Stanford School of Medicine, and
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. I have taught and mentored many
medical school students and residents on their academic work and research
projects. Currently, I am also a principal investigator at California Pacific
Medical Center in San Francisco. I am recruiting medical students for an
unpaid summer internship.
My research team is currently utilizing the databases of the National Cancer
Institute, National Inpatient Sample, and Sutter Health. We use these
databases to perform research on surgical and other treatment outcomes,
costs, and disparities for care for women with gynecologic cancers. I also
conduct clinical trials for novel chemotherapeutic agents. Past students’
efforts have resulted in multiple peer-reviewed manuscript publications as
well as poster and oral abstract publications at national conferences.
Students who are part of this internship will attend weekly lectures on
epidemiology, statistical analysis, gynecologic cancers, preparing scientific
manuscripts, and clinical trial investigations. Students will also assist
with retrospective data analysis and manuscript writing. Lastly, students
will gain clinical exposure by shadowing me in the clinic and observing open,
laparoscopic, and robotic surgeries in the operating room.
Any students who wish to apply for this internship should send a resume and
Please include when your current school term ends and the next begins. The
dates of the internship are scheduled to be the beginning of July to late in
August, but are flexible based on students’ schedules. Skill in statistical
analysis using R, SAS, Stata, etc. is a huge plus but is not required. Thank
John K. Chan, MD
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
California Pacific Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Sutter Cancer Research Institute
How to apply: Send a resume and brief cover letter to

Date Posted: May 6, 2015

Organization: UCSF Pediatric Emergency Department
Position: Research Assistant
Compensation: None
Address: 1975 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94158
Information about position:
My name is Bryan Cooper-Sood and I'm an ex-UCSF pediatric resident and now work in the neonatal ICU at UCSF (as well as other hospitals). I'm going to be one of the fellows at Children's Hospital Oakland in pediatric emergency medicine starting in July. I'm currently conducting a research project in the UCSF peds ED at Mission Bay and I'm looking for medical student volunteers who would like to help out and in doing so, get some experience doing research and hopefully get something published if we find the result we are hoping for. The project aims to use down-time that families experience in the ED to educate them surrounding car seats and restraint devices. Specifically, we identify otherwise normal children (no special requirements in terms of restraint devices while riding in a car) and after getting their consent, ask their parents to take a short, 6-question quiz and then read a 1 page handout afterwards, which contains the answers to the quiz and other information. The quiz contains question about age, height, and weight requirements, etc, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, as to the proper use of car seats and booster seats for kids. We then call them 2-4 weeks later and give them the same quiz (to see if our intervention improved their understanding) and 5 additional questions trying to measure if their attitudes and actions re: car seats have changed.

We need med student volunteers to physically enroll patients in the study and also to call families for follow-up. The times are completely flexible as the ED is open 24/7.

How to apply: If you are interested, please send me an e-mail at containing a bit of information about yourself (what year you are in, what your career interests might be, etc) and why you are interested in the project and we can discuss further.

Date Posted: April 24, 2015