Opportunities for Independent Projects

Opportunities with Independent Programs (not TUSM sponsored)

Students looking for opportunities outside of TUSM sponsored programs may apply to work with other established institutions to design programs for Summer Experience in Global Health (1st year MD), Public Health Field Experience (MD/MPH or DVM/MPH), Applied Learning Experience (MPH, MD/MPH, DVM/MPH, MS-HCOM), or Clinical Elective  (4th year MD).  Students wishing to work with an independent program will be held to high standards and must have a well thought out application.  Requirements include:

  • Identify a TUSM faculty mentor
  • Have an agreement with a partner organization and an on-site preceptor within that organization
  • Provide a detailed description of the partner organization and its experience working with students/capacity to provide support to students
  • Form a clear project proposal and plan for carrying out the project
  • Arrange all travel, housing, and logistics
  • Projects must be a minimum of seven weeks long (four weeks for 4th year students)
Students working with independent programs are strongly encouraged to start the planning process as early as possible.  For more information, examples of organizations with which TUSM has informal relationships, or programs that TUSM students have worked with in the past, please contact:

MD students:

MPH students:

  • Doina Iliescu, Assistant Director of Career/Student Services for the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
  • Dr. Odilia Bermudez, Associate Professor, Global Health Concentration Leader, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
  • ALE planning course directors


Public Health Field Experience

Applied Learning Experience

  • Dr. Libby Bradshaw, Director, MD/MPH and DVM/MPH Applied Learning Experience, Assistant Professor, Public Health & Community Medicine