The Vermont Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program is offering three, five-week internships during the summer of 2019 for medical students and students of other health professions. A stipend of $1250 is provided.
There are three aspects to the internship:
The top priority for the internship is an educational agenda, which includes the following topics:
- Understanding similarities and differences among health systems in other developed countries and comparing these to the United States
- Understanding how Vermont’s health care system is intertwined with and different from the organization of health care in other states and understanding the obstacles to state-based reform
- Exploring the history of various reforms to the US multi-payer system at both national and state levels in the US, including demand side reforms (Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare) and supply side reforms (community health centers, Veterans Administration, Indian Health Service, etc.)
- Contrasting the advantages and shortcomings of various reform models—voucher-based reforms, categorical reforms (income-based, disease-based, etc.) vs. universal reforms, including single payer reform
- Evaluating a variety of cost-control strategies, including ACO/HMO structures; bundled payments; global budgeting for hospitals; centralized vs. free-market approaches to distribution of health resources; and approaches toward reducing the cost of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and equipment
- The relationship between reform and planning of health information systems and health coverage
This educational component will include a rigorous reading and audio-visual media curriculum, as well as opportunities for relevant experiences, including visits with/to community health centers, free clinics, hospital administrators, advocacy organizations situated on both sides of Vermont’s reform effort, and leaders within Vermont’s government who are planning Vermont’s health reform.
There will be at least two informal get-togethers of interns with VT-PNHP members to discuss readings, A-V materials, and the live visits.
2. PROGRAM ASSISTANCE/OUTREACH/LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Interns are encouraged to develop an outreach/education plan directed at medical students and other health professions students; participate in state and national PNHP conference calls if occurring during the internship; and other outreach and educational activities. Interns are expected to prepare a single payer talk for students in their health professions program in their own institution. They are encouraged to present a talk to members of the local chapter for practice.
3. INDEPENDENT PROJECT
Interns are expected to prepare a single payer talk for an audience of their choice; write a letter to the editor or commentary for the general public or for the SNaHP pages of the PNHP website; or a combination of these. If an intern has a passion for a different independent project that is realistic to accomplish during the 5-week internship, chapter members will try to assist in finding resources and providing consultation.
All interns will need their own computer and cell phone.
Interns from New England will need their own transportation.
Interns from other states should communicate clearly about their needs for assistance in transportation to get to Vermont for the internship, and to travel in New England during the internship. There is a bus from Logan Airport in Boston to Hanover, NH, and local physicians can assist with transportation from there. Interns will most likely be able to carpool with other interns once they arrive.
Solidarity short term housing (free housing with single payer advocates for a few days to a week or two) may be available for out-of-state students, and to reduce travel time for students studying in different parts of the state. If a student wishes to stay in the same home for the entire 5 weeks, we may not be able to find free housing for that long, but can assist interns with finding short term housing which can be deducted from their stipend.
Medical students from any medical school and any state are eligible to apply.
For more information, contact:
- Marvin Malek, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org, OR
- Kelsey Sullivan, 4th year medical student at UVM who completed the internship in its first year, 2015: email@example.com, or text 802-376-4474.
- Review the application here.
- Ask one of your references to please send a letter of reference to Marvin Malek, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org AND Betty Keller, MD, email@example.com.
- Send a cover letter AND either
Applications will be accepted and interviews offered on a rolling basis.
We look forward to meeting and working with students from the class of 2022!