Summer Externship in Family Medicine

Summer Externship in Family Medicine


This mentorship program pairs a Boston University medical student between her/his first and second year of study with a family physician in a community setting. The student spends approximately thirty hours per week for four weeks immersed in the practice setting. These practices are all over the U.S. In order for students to stay connected to BU faculty and their peers over the course of this experience, they are asked to participate in an interactive on-line teaching program. A stipend of $800 is offered for this program which is sponsored by the BU AHEC (Area Health Education Center) under the direction of Dr. Peter Shaw.


  • Appreciate that Family Medicine is a satisfying and rewarding career
  • Experience unique aspects of problem solving and decision making in Family Medicine
  • Improve skills of patient interviewing through observation and direct experience
  • Improve skills of physical examination through observation and direct experience
  • Learn about screening tools used in a community setting
  • Experience patient management in an outpatient setting
  • Become proficient at using the Department of Family Medicine’s website for communicating with other students and faculty involved in the externship
  • Have a unique and fun early clinical experience


The first year class will be notified by e-mail of a lunch time meeting where the program will be described in great detail. Those who wish to apply will fill out an application and students will be chosen by lottery.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine