WellSpan Medical Education

Summer Externship Program

Eligible Students:
Medical students between their first and second year of medical school. 

Student Benefits:

  • Early exposure to emergency medicine via shadowing physicians in a busy community academic center.
  • Continue to develop history and physical examination skills with the help of Emergency Medicine attendings and residents.
  • Progressive responsibility with the ability to perform independent patient evaluations and present directly to the senior resident/attending.
  • Participation in resident and medical student didactics. These are in addition to a curriculum specifically designed for the externship.
  • Learn and practice various procedures in our simulation center (i.e. intubation, central lines, chest tubes, suturing, splinting, ultrasound and running resuscitations.)
  • Develop skills reading and interpreting evidence-based medicine by attending our monthly Journal Club.
  • Specific training in ECG interpretation and other clinical skills.
  • Development oral presentation skills.
  • Free student housing and parking provided.


  • Successful completion of MS-1 year.
  • Weekly clinical shadowing shifts and observed history and physical exams.
  • Attendance at Thursday medical student academic days.
  • Attendance at scheduled medical simulation sessions.
  • Completion of oral case presentation.

Externship Logistics:

Monday, June 3, 2024 to Friday, June 28, 2024

Housing is provided free of charge at an off-site location. All students must have a vehicle, no exceptions.

How do I apply?

You may apply starting December 1, 2023. Send an essay outlining your interest in the program (500 words or less) and a curriculum vitae to npeters2@wellspan.org and CC cdowney3@wellspan.org by the application deadline of February 1, 2024.


<Your last name> Externship CV

<Your last name> Externship Essay

<Will you be able to secure your own housing? Yes/No (please indicate on application.

Accepted students will be notified via electronic mail by March 1, 2024.

Nicole Peters, DO

Course Director – Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship
Department of Emergency Medicine
WellSpan York Hospital

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