The Dr. June Jackson Christmas First Year Medical Student Summer Clinical Fellowship
Supported by The Leon Levy Foundation.
Program dates for Summer 2021
Tuesday, July 6 - Friday, August 6
*In light of the current public health crisis around COVID-19, Columbia University has suspended all in-person visiting medical student experiences. In that setting, only Columbia University medical students will be eligible to participate in the 2021 JJC summer clinical program. Please continue to check this website for additional updates.
The Dr. June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Summer Clinical Fellowship offers a chance for medical students who belong to historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to explore a career in psychiatry. The initiative is a five-week experience for medical students in the summer after completing their first year of medical school. Students will be exposed to the breadth of psychiatry with rotations through an inpatient psychiatry unit, a community outpatient clinic, the mobile crisis team, the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), and the consultation-liaison service. In addition, students will attend dictates in psychiatry and visit community mental health sites. The fellowship opportunity provides a $3,500 stipend for the 5 weeks of clinic experience.
The expectation is that students will complete 5 consecutive weeks of the fellowship during the summer following acceptance into the fellowship.
Fellowship stipends will be distributed in two $1,750 installments. The first disbursement will be at the onset of the summer fellowship. Upon meeting all program requirements, the last installment will be issued.
To be eligible medical students must:
- Have begun Columbia Medical School in 2020 and expect to finish their first year by June 2021
- Identify as belonging to a racial or ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in psychiatry (i.e. American Indian, Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian)
- Be in good academic standing at Columbia Medical School
- Agree that their participation in JJC fellowship will last 5 consecutive weeks
- Agree to participate in all surveys as part of the program’s evaluation
- Participate in a virtual or in person interview if requested
Application Process and Deadline
All materials must be uploaded into the application portal:
- Curriculum Vitae: Please include an updated version of your CV as part of this application.
- Statement of Interest: Please write a single-spaced essay of no fewer than 400 words and no more than 800 words on why you are applying to this program. You should include any special careers interests that you would like to pursue in the future and how this program would assist with you meeting those goals, as well as, additional skills and experiences that you may want to highlight that could add to the your experience or others in the program. Please indicate anything else you consider relevant such as language proficiency, psychiatry and/or psychology courses taken among other things.
- Letters of Reference: 2 letters of references from individuals who are closely acquainted with your educational, volunteer, and/or work experience over the last 4 years.
- Medical School Letter: A letter of good standing from the Dean of Students at Columbia Medical School.
Application Deadline: Midnight EST on March 4, 2021.
Applications received after the deadline will be considered on availability.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact:
Patrice K. Malone, MD PhD