Medical Student Internship Program


The II&M Medical Student Internship is a competitive enrichment program that provides directed learning experiences and stipend support for medical students. Trainees undertake a mentored reading course that introduces the critical concepts in Islamic theology and law that undergird normative ethical frameworks within Islam and covers seminal works in the extant Islamic bioethics literature. In addition, interns may participate in data collection and analysis, literature review, and manuscript development for the following bioethics-relevant project: Informing American Muslims about Living Donation (I AM a LD): A Community Engaged Educational Intervention on Organ Donation in Mosques. The internship will also have a public service component where the interns will help in the planning of workshops and conferences on topics including Islamic bioethics and organ donation.

Program Eligibility

Eligible participants must be full-time medical students in good standing at any medical school. Non-traditional or gap year students still enrolled in medical school are also eligible to apply.

Program Length

Medical students are required to spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in residence at the University of Chicago. The internship will take place during June – August 2019. Applicants need to indicate the 8 week period for which they would like to participate in the program on the application form.

Mentoring and Networking

Participants will be working under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Aasim Padela. There will also be an opportunity to network with other University of Chicago faculty, research staff (including Dr. Rosie Duivenbode), interns, and students.

Financial Assistance/Housing

2 participants will receive a stipend of $5000 to subsidize living costs in Chicago during the duration of the internship. Students are responsible for making their own travel and housing arrangements. Non-stipendiary spots are available.

Application Requirements/Deadlines

The postmark deadline for applications is January 31, 2019, 11:59pm CST. Participants that pass a preliminary screening will be asked to attend a phone interview. Notification of acceptance into the program will be delivered by April 1, 2019.  Please address questions to the Initiative’s Email.

2019 Application

All application materials must be printed and mailed to the below
[no emailed applications will be accepted]:

Aasim I. Padela, MD MSc FACEP
Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine
The University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave, MC5068
Chicago, IL 60637

The Internship Program is underwritten by a generous donation by:
Drs. Hossam and Skina Fadel.