Summer Program for International Research Internship and Training (SPIRIT)
SPIRIT is an intensive summer research program for undergraduate medical students. It is designed to provide international research experience and mentorship for students interested in basic or clinical research. Under the guidance of a research mentor, interns will work on a research project and present their findings at a competitive poster session.
The SPIRIT program contributes to Alfaisal University's vision in creating physicians who actively contribute to medical research. Currently, there are 15 participating institutions and more than 50 summer research internship positions available with some of the prominent researchers in various fields of basic and clinical research.
The main objective of the SPIRIT program is to build and encourage research practices among students, mainly through:
1. Inculcating a culture of evidence-based research practices among medical students from an early stage in their careers
2. Encouraging and supporting students and mentors to publish high-quality research in reputable journals as well as to present them in national and international conferences and symposiums
3. Providing a platform for active student researchers to network within and beyond their specialty of interest
The SPIRIT 2022 program runs from
June 20, 2022 to August 26, 2022 (unless mentioned otherwise). Students must commit to the entire duration of the program in order to participate.
To apply to the SPIRIT 2022 program, click
International Clinical Experience Program (ICEP)
ICEP offers senior medical students the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience through hands-on clinical rotations, observerships in some of the prominent hospitals in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.
The hands-on rotations and observerships last for about 4 weeks during which students learn more about the healthcare system while actively participating in patient care.
In this program, however, students are
not permitted to perform invasive procedures or independently treat patients. Their main role would be to take patient history, perform physical examination, present patients, and to discuss investigations and management with their attending physician.
The list of available ICEP programs will be posted soon.