Opportunities for Visiting Medical Students and Residents

The Physicians Committee

Opportunities for Visiting Medical Students and Residents

About the Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to saving and improving lives through good nutrition, advanced medical research, and public policy advocacy. Our vision is to create a healthier world through a new emphasis on disease prevention, plant-based nutrition, and scientific research conducted ethically, without using animals. We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.

About this Opportunity

If you’re a medical student or resident who would like to spend your elective time learning more about plant-based nutrition, preventive medicine, or medical research ethics, the Physicians Committee would love to hear from you. Depending on your specific interests, there may be opportunities for medical students and residents to shadow our physicians at our Barnard Medical Center or to do research or outreach with our nutrition, clinical research, or medical research policy teams. Visiting medical students and residents may also have the opportunity to participate in campaign or program events, staff education sessions, journal article discussions, and other Physicians Committee events. All visiting medical students and residents will receive an orientation and ongoing support from their staff mentor.

The Barnard Medical Center

The Barnard Medical Center provides complete primary care—from routine annual exams to stopping diseases before they start. Our team of experts educates and supports patients through a wide range of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, hypertension, migraines, and arthritis, and will create action plans specifically designed to guide patients toward good health. Patients can take advantage of comprehensive nutrition education, cooking tips, and support to help them lose weight, reduce blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and regain energy.

The Physicians Committee’s Nutrition Education Team

The Physicians Committee's Nutrition department executes numerous on-site, off-site, and online programs to educate the public, physicians, and other health care professionals about nutrition as preventive medicine and the health benefits of plant-based diets. Nutrition-related projects could include literature reviews, data analyses, development of educational materials, outreach to the public, or other activities depending upon specific interests.

The Physicians Committee’s Clinical Research Team

The Physicians Committee's Clinical Research department executes studies on the effect of plant-based diets on various aspects of health. Past clinical research studies have examined the role of plant-based diets on arthritis, migraines, acne, obesity, diabetes, and other conditions. Over the past two decades, the Physicians Committee’s clinical research team has carried out innovative research studies in partnership with the George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of Toronto, GEICO, and other institutions. Our National Institutes of Health-funded clinical research established the value of a plant-based diet for type 2 diabetes, and we have investigated the role of nutrition on many other health measures. The clinical research team also conducts reviews and meta-analyses. Our most recent meta-analyses were published in JAMA Internal Medicine and the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and more are in progress.

The Physicians Committee’s Research Policy Team

Since the Physicians Committee’s founding in 1985, the Research Policy department has made great progress in replacing the use of animals in education and research with more effective and ethical methods. Notably, the Physicians Committee has fostered the replacement of animal laboratories with better teaching methods at 97 percent of medical schools in the United States and 100 percent of medical schools in Canada. We also aim to accelerate the process of replacing the use of animals in the scientific and health research fields by promoting human-focused research methods through a series of programs and workshops with medical centers, the National Institutes of Health, and research allies. We are currently working to reform research on diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and alcohol-related diseases and are developing and testing in-vitro antibodies, demonstrating their ability to replace the use of animals in antibody production, and promoting their use in the scientific community.

Terms: The Physicians Committee is located in the Metro-accessible Friendship Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The Physicians Committee is not able to provide compensation to visiting medical students or residents. Free housing accommodations at a guest house near the Physicians Committee office may be available if needed. Start and end dates are flexible.

How to apply: Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in the Physicians Committee's approach to medicine and your learning objectives to careers@pcrm.org. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The Physicians Committee welcomes applications from students, residents, or recent graduates from outside the United States.

For more information about the Physicians Committee's visiting medical student and resident program, contact the Human Resources department at careers@pcrm.org.