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Human Physiology Internship/Practicum

It’s one of the big attractions in our Human Physiology program: a full-semester clinical affiliation or field experience known as an internship or practicum. The goal of this required senior-year course is twofold: to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom and to learn what a classroom can’t teach.

What makes our program so special? Minimal observation, maximum participation, and a selection of clinical and research sites that few schools can match.

For example, if you take your affiliation in a hospital or clinical center, you can count on direct patient contact. In a laboratory internship, you’ll have real responsibilities in a research project. Many students say their experience gave them a clearer view of medical practice or research in the real world—and a stronger commitment to their chosen field.

With so many Sargent College affiliations in Boston and across the country, choosing the one that best complements your interests and career goals takes some guidance. So our Clinical Administrator, Anna Monahan, will work with you personally to find one that’s relevant and exciting to you.

HS 410: Internship Course Information

Practical experience in a clinic, hospital, community or research institution or other appropriate setting. The majority of field sites chosen will be those offering experience in clinical or basic research, the evaluation of cardiovascular health and fitness, cardiac rehabilitation, and other duties specific to the day-to-day operation of these agencies.

Please note: a one-time $100 internship fee per undergraduate internship course will be applied. This fee will cover all administrative expenses incurred for the student’s participation in this academic requirement.

Recent placements include:

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Emergency Medicine
  • Boston Medical Center Cardiovascular Center
  • Boston Medical Center Coronary Health Unit
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  • Joslin Diabetes Center Section on Developmental and Stem Cell Biology
  • New England Medical Center Pediatric Cardiology
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cardiovascular Research Laboratory

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of all required academic courses through the junior year
  • PRIOR consent of the instructor
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 required before an affiliation can commence

Credits: 4 credits, 140 contact hours

Grading: A letter grade will be given for this course.

Objectives:

In a clinical or research setting, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply the knowledge gained in academic training
  • Adapt quickly to routines and procedures required in the assigned labs and clinics
  • Perform assigned tasks with competence and with minimum supervision
  • Act in a mature, professional manner, instilling confidence in clients
  • Work harmoniously with others in the assigned agency

Procedures for Obtaining an Affiliation:

  • Affiliation Manual: Review a copy of the Affiliation Manual online.
  • Meeting: Schedule a time to meet with the Clinical Administrator AFTER you have reviewed the Affiliation Manual.
  • Interview: Schedule interviews with your chosen sites.
  • Follow-up: Soon after the interview or formal offer of internship, contact Anna Monahan, who will then contact your site supervisor and formalize your affiliation.
  • Grading: A letter grade will be given for this course.