Work/Volunteer Opportunities for Medical Students

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

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  • 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: EG
Position: Author
Compensation: $50 per hour
If compensated, is there possibility of work-study? Yes
Address: Remote
Information about position: We are looking for fourth year medical students
who are interested in contributing to a USMLE question bank. We seek students
identify high yield material for any given condition, write thought-provoking
questions, and explain the material thoroughly through explanations.
How to apply: Send an e-mail to
Date Posted: April 24, 2015

Organization: Omada Health, Inc
Position: Research intern
Compensation: $15
If compensated, is there a possibility of work-study? Yes
Address: 500 Sansome St., Suite 200
Information about position:
We are looking for an intern for the clinical/research department at Omada to start this Spring. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience in managing and implementing clinical trials and observational data collection in the context of a digital health start-up. Responsibilities include:
• helping prepare protocols and consents for IRB submission and for study initiation; 
• helping recruit, enroll, register, schedule and retain study subjects;
• helping with online survey development;
• collect, enter and clean data for study databases, maintaining data quality; 
• providing participant technical and study related support
• assisting with data analysis;
• assisting with preparation of reports, tables, manuscripts;
• attending team meetings;
• and performing other duties as assigned.
The study coordinator must be self-directed with exceptional organization and communication skills. Some experience with research and conversational Spanish a plus.

How to apply: Please e-mail resume and coverletter to

Date Posted: April 24, 2015

Elder professional woman seeking health conscious stand by care assistant to help with exercises and food preparation. She has cerebellar ataxia which makes it a little difficult for her to maintain her balance. However she is very active, exercises daily, and tends to eat primarily raw foods.

Helping includes:
preparing meals & menu preparation
cleaning: sweeping, emptying garbage, making the bed, cleaning bathroom, & washing dishes
watering the plants
and helping with exercises at the JCCSF which includes water and land routines

Monday & Wednesday 4:30 9pm
Tuesday & Thursday 8am 5:30pm
Friday 8am 12pm

Pay: $12.25 per hour + meals and snacks
Theresa Hong phone: (415)6732771

Start Date: Monday May 18

Date Posted: April 24, 2015

Steady Part Time Caregiver Position Available in San Francisco

Seeking responsible caregiver for a healthy young man who sustained a spinal cord injury. Applicant should speak good English and be strong enough to perform transfer from bed to wheel chair, etc, using a hoyer lift. Daily toileting, dressing, as well as helping with simple stretching exercises. Two to three mornings per week--Mon-Friday--flexible. Drivers license necessary. SF State/Stonestown area. Call 415 225-2278 between hours of noon-7pm.

Date Posted: April 24, 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

Organization: Hale Health
Position: Medical Director
Compensation: Yes – Part Time
If compensated, is there a possibility of work-study?  Yes
Address: 77 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
Information about position:
At Hale, we’re committed to improving healthcare access and delivery  
through the creative application of technology. We’re beginning by  
redesigning care delivery using telemedicine tools that enable remote  
diagnosis and treatment. Through a cross-functional approach to product  
development, deep strategic partnerships and a healthy dose of determination,  
we are redefining the way doctors and patients interact.
About The Role
• Work closely with partner provider groups to develop clinical protocols  
including triage, treatment planning and follow-up.
• Collaborate with product team to establish patient and provider  
on-boarding tools.
• Develop and oversee quality assurance for clinical delivery.
• Maintain continuous lines of communication with senior management,  
keeping the leadership informed of any critical issues.
• Represent the organization externally as necessary.
• Establish and reinforce a culture of high performance and continuous  
improvement that values learning, quality and collaboration.
• Part-time up to 16 hours/week
About You
• Team player who’s open to challenging the established system.
• Believe in the power of experience design and technology to change the  
way people get things done everyday.
• Passionate and curious about health technology and well-versed on the  
latest trends.
• Excellent attention to detail, ability to prioritize, multi-task and work  
effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic small startup environment.
How to apply:  

Date Posted: April 13, 2015

Organization: Cactus Communications Inc
Position: Freelance editor-Medicine
Compensation: 1200-3000 USD
If compensated, is there a possibility of work-study?  No
Information about position:

Cactus Communications, Inc. employs a global team of highly skilled editors  
who are experts in various academic fields. We’re currently looking for  
specialist contractual copyeditors and substantive editors specializing in  
medicine from all across the world.
What you will do
•    Edit manuscripts such that the final text is in standard scientific  
English and is free of unclear or unidiomatic sentences
•    Adhere to job-specific instructions and format manuscripts according to  
the target journal when required
•    Ensure that all subject-specific conventions are followed
Why this is a great opportunity
•    Flexibility to determine your schedule and work hours
•    Potential to earn USD 1200 to 3000 per month (based on regular  
availability) editing manuscripts online
•    Performance-based bonuses of up to 25% and assurance of regular work for  
high-quality editors
•    Learning opportunities and regular feedback on your freelance editing  
•    No need to relocate. As this is a freelance opportunity, we invite  
applicants from all across the world.
What you need
•    A PhD/Masters degree or expertise in one or more specialized subject  
areas in medicine, surgery, or healthcare
•    Excellent English editing skill and attention to detail (prior editing  
experience would be great)
Cactus Communications Inc. is based in Philadelphia, USA, and offers editing,  
translation, medical writing, and other services to researchers, academic  
journals, and organizations worldwide. We serve more than 60,000 clients  
across 116 countries and have extensive experience engaging our global  
community of 800+ freelancers.
Detailed subject-area list:
Medicine & Healthcare: Anesthesiology and pain medicine, Complementary and  
alternative medicine, Dentistry, ENT (Otolaryngology), Internal medicine,  
Ophthalmology, Optometry, Other – Medicine, Radiology, Respiratory care,  
Surgery, Veterinary sciences, Anatomy, Cardiology, Chiropractics,  
Dermatology, Gastroenterology and hepatology, Medical devices, Nephrology,  
Obstetrics and gynecology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, perinatology, and child  
health, Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Plastic surgery, Reproductive  
medicine, Rheumatology, Sexual health, Sports medicine, Surgery - Cardiac and  
cardiothoracic, Transplantation – Surgery, Urology, Disaster medicine,  
Diabetes research, Emergency and critical care, Endocrinology, Epidemiology,  
Forensic medicine, Geriatric medicine, Hematology, Infectious diseases,  
Nursing and hospital medicine, Nutrition and dietetics, Occupational health  
and therapy, Pathology and diagnostics, Public health, Cancer research,  
Cancer research – Chemoradiotherapy, Cancer research – Molecular,  
Radiotherapy planning.
How to apply:
Apply now!
To apply, fill in our application form here:  
Date Posted: April 13, 2015

Organization: McKinsey & Company
Position: Summer Insight Programs, MD Contact and 2016 Full-time Opportunities
Compensation: competitive
Address: Multiple locations
Information about position:
Did you know that McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm,  
has been hiring advanced professional degree (APD) candidates just like you  
for over 20 years? Over half of our 8000 consultants in our 100+ offices  
worldwide hold PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters degrees.
Please join McKinsey & Company to learn about our work, our people and our  
exciting career opportunities for APD candidates, including our 2015 summer  
weekend programs and our 2016 full-time opportunities for medical students,  
Interns, Residents and Fellows.
Please join us at our information session:
Wednesday, April 1 | 6–8pm | Mission Bay campus,  Helen Diller Cancer  
Center, Room 160
RSVPs are requested, but not required
Presentation Agenda:
· Introduction to McKinsey and our work
· Insight and full-time opportunities
· Application process
· Group Q&A
· Reception with McKinsey consultants
How to apply:
Please join us at our information session:
Wednesday, April 1 | 6–8pm | Mission Bay campus,  Helen Diller Cancer  
Center, Room 160
RSVPs are requested, but not required

Date Posted: April 13, 2015

San Francisco VA Hospital PTSD Research Program Volunteer

Sleep and PTSD Research Assistant

The Stress and Health Research Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is seeking a volunteer to assist with a research study focused on PTSD.

The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of a research project on PTSD and sleep.  The research assistant will perform duties including: administration of the study protocol including sleep and wake EEG (electroencephalogram) measurements and computer-based cognitive testing; recruitment, screening, tracking, and retention of participants; and assistance with compilation/distribution of recruitment letters and mailings. Other optional experiences may include assistance with coordination/distribution of study results and related tasks, including literature reviews, table/slide construction, collection of relevant documents; and general office management.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Possess or be in the advanced stages of a BA/BS degree in psychology, pre-med or a related field
  • Possess a minimum 1 year of prior research experience
  • Possess strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Possess familiarity with diagnostic and therapeutic issues related to PTSD


  • Prior experience in EEG acquisition is desirable
  • Prior experience in clinical settings is desirable
  • Evening, week-end and overnight availability (for sleep laboratory activities) is strongly preferred
  • 1-year commitment is strongly preferred

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to the following email address with the subject heading “PTSD Volunteer Research Assistant”:

Date Posted: April 3, 2015