Medical Student Internship Program

Initiative on Islam and Medicine
Medical Student Internship Program


The II&M Medical Student Internship is a competitive and enrichment program that provides directed learning experiences and stipend support for first and/or fourth-year 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 are invited to participate in an II&M sponsored bioethics workshop and in ongoing bioethics-relevant studies in progress at II&M such as studies on Muslim physician attitudes towards end-of-life care, discourse analyses of the Muslim perspectives on healthcare reform or fatawa reviews on the permissibility of organ transplant, milk-banking, or other topics. 


Program Elgibility

Eligible participants must be full-time, first or fourth year medical students in good standing at a LCME-accredited US medical school. Non-traditional or gap year students still enrolled in medical school are also eligible to apply.


Program Length

The internship is restricted to between June and August 2017. Medical students are required to spend the equivalent of 6 or 8 weeks in residence, at the University of Chicago. Applicants need to indicate the 6 or 8 week periods 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, interns, and students. 


Financial Assistance/Housing

Participants will receive a stipend of $3750 for a 6 week elective and $5000 for an 8 week elective to subsidize living costs in Chicago during the duration of the internship. Students are responsible for making their own travel and housing arrangements.


Application Requirements/Deadlines

The application deadline for all participants is February 17, 2017, 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 14, 2017.  Please address questions to the following email

Application (PDF)


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.