Rural Summer Student Externship

Check back at the end of the year for the 2016 Application!

The Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians together with the NAFP-Foundation is seeking a 1st or 2nd year medical student with a strong interest in Family Medicine during the summer of 2016. The purpose of this six-to-eight week Externship is to introduce medical students to the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model of care. The student will work in multiple settings in Lincoln, York, and Lexington over a six-to-eight week period.

The first two weeks of the Externship would be to work with the medical director of the South East Rural Physician Alliance – Accountable Care Organization (SERPA-ACO), a board-certified family physician. The student would be introduced to the workings of the ACO and would be exposed to topics in population health, basic epidemiology and statistics. The student would have the opportunity to see how the Patient-Centered Medical Home concept is integrated into the policies of the ACO and how the medical director helps guide the members of the ACO in developing and implementing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model within their clinic. 

The last four-to-six weeks of the Externship would be spent in two clinical locations working with a family physician who is a member of the ACO and who is also a member of the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Here the student would see how the clinics have implemented the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and how the policies of the ACO integrate into their clinic. The student would have the ability to see how practicing in a Patient-Centered Medical Home not only increases satisfaction for the provider and the patient, but also improves the quality of patient care.

The stipend for the six-to-eight week program is $2,500 and housing will be provided. Stipends will be received in two equal installments - the first installment will be distributed at the start of the Externship, and the second installment will be distributed at the completion of the Externship.

Student Extern responsibilities are:

  • Is an AAFP/NAFP member
  • To commit to the completion of the program (six-to-eight weeks in multiple locations).
  • To conduct yourself in a professional manner and be accountable to your matched preceptor and the executive director of the NAFP and NAFP-Foundation.
  • To be a learner, not expecting to behave as a physician. The NAFP/NAFP-Foundation wants you to enjoy your experience.
  • To submit your evaluation and to submit an essay upon completion of your experience (to receive your 2nd check). The essay will be published in the Cornhusker Family Physician magazine.

The application period for 2015 is now over.  Please check back in 2016!