Summer Externship Program

Co-sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation & the Family Health Foundation of Missouri. The AAFP and FHFM have partnered to offer four-week summer externships to Missouri medical students interested in pursuing a career in Family Medicine. Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend.​

Deadline to apply: March 17, 2024

Every attempt will be made to accommodate the preferred externship site of the recipient. Learn more about each externship location below, and read testimonials from participants in the program.

Recipient Requirements:

Externship Program Descriptions

Freeman Family Medicine Residency

We are excited to welcome a medical student who is interested in family medicine to join our young and evolving program! Interested students will spend dedicated time with faculty preceptors in our suburban and rural continuity clinic sites situated in the Freeman Health System, in both Joplin and Neosho, and experience inpatient medicine with our family medicine team at Freeman West. The student will join our residents during our weekly academic afternoon, learning about a broad range of topics pertinent to our wide-ranging practice. This area has a long tradition of community collaboration, and this collaboration has borne impressive fruit: a new medical school, a new dental school, several well-respected GME programs, to name only a few examples. This reflects deeply felt and shared core values: compassion, excellence, passion for community, and professional responsibility to those served. We look forward to meeting medical students who share these values and want to be part of our mission to revolutionize primary care in this community!

Address: 1102 W. 32nd St.

Joplin, Missouri 64804

Phone: 417-347-6612

Fax: 417-347-3775


  • Barbara Miller, MD, FAAFP, Program Director
  • Mariam Akhtar, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Stephanie Lea, Program Coordinator
Mercy Family Medicine Residency

Mercy FMR invites medical students who are interested in receiving a comprehensive education in Family Medicine to visit our program. The student will have the opportunity to see all of what encompasses Family Medicine at Mercy. They will be assigned to work in our Family Practice Center with one faculty member, who will serve as the primary advisor throughout the rotation, and in addition, will have the opportunity to work with the 2nd and 3rd year Family Medicine residents in the FPC.  Also, if interested, the student can work on our inpatient service, participating as an active team member in the discussion of a broad range of patients admitted to Mercy Hospital – St. Louis for acute medical, surgical, and obstetrical/post-partum care from initial assessment until discharge.  The student’s experience will be enhanced by weekly grand rounds in addition to weekly block family medicine didactics that include discussions in obstetrics, behavioral science, practice management, and a variety of other topics.

Mercy Hospital – St. Louis Address: 12680 Olive Blvd., Suite 300,  St. Louis, MO 63141
Phone: (314) 251-8950
Fax: (314) 251-8889

  • Sarah Cole, DO, Program Director
  • Breanna Shelton, Program Coordinator

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Research Family Medicine Residency

Research FMR in Kansas City is eager to host a Summer Externship student. Our residency program accepts 12 residents per year for each of 3 years of residency and provides a strong base for the transition from student to family physician. This same curriculum allows us to provide an outstanding experience for the Summer Externship program. Options to choose from include: High quality, high volume adult inpatient care-We offer a busy inpatient service comprised of two teams of approximately 18 patients each. Admitting diagnoses range from simple pneumonia to complex multi-system organ failure and sepsis in the ICU where we manage our own patients. Family-centered maternity care – Our doctors deliver about 400 babies a year and provide prenatal care in our main family medicine clinic as well as 3 OB outreach clinics in the KC metropolitan area. Research Medical Center has a highly up-to-date obstetrical unit, newly renovated in July 2008. Our residents triage and deliver with both family physicians and obstetricians to get the most enriched experience. Students can choose a basic exposure to maternity care or a more intense experience more like that of the residents on our popular OB Track. Exciting outpatient clinic experience – Our student externs work side-by-side with residents and faculty in our outpatient family medicine center, Goppert-Trinity Family Care. We see a variety of patients of all ages, including the newborn, well-child checks, preventive care, chronic disease management, and prenatal care. Learn about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) – Our clinic is a Level 3 NCQA Accredited Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Students can participate in special PCMH projects such as “Case Management from Hospital to Home.” Housing is available for a modest fee on campus. All food is provided at no cost to the extern. Spend an interactive, customized Summer Externship with Research Family Medicine!

Goppert -Trinity Family Care Address: 6675 Holmes, Suite 450, Kansas City, MO 64131
Phone: (816) 995-3070 or (816) 276-7650
Fax: (816) 276-7090

  • Kavitha Arabindoo, MD, Interim Program Director
  • Jaina Billups, Program Manager

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Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency

Saint Louis University FMR invites you to spend 4 weeks with us in full-spectrum family medicine with an underserved population in the city of St Louis. This is an ambulatory and inpatient experience. You will see patients at Family Care Health Center, a community health center in the Carondelet neighborhood, with our faculty and residents. Join in weekly conferences. Learn about inpatient care on our Family Medicine Inpatient Service. Experience Labor and Delivery with our family physician faculty on OB call. This experience is designed for a student who is interested in all aspects of community-oriented urban primary care.

SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Address: 6420 Clayton Road, Room 2234, St. Louis, MO  63117
Phone: (314) 951-7240
Fax: (314) 951-7234

  • Elizabeth Keegan-Garrett, MD, Program Director
  • Charron Ford, M.S., Residency Coordinator 


University of Missouri Kansas City Family Medicine Residency

Students at UMKC FMR will work in a dually accredited family medicine residency program with traditional and AOA residencies. Postgraduate offerings include Geriatric Medicine, Sports Medicine, and Surgical OB fellowships. Sample curriculum for the elective student is one week in each of the following: OB in our new Family Birthplace, Inpatient, Geriatrics, and outpatient family medicine clinic. Students are given responsibility under resident and faculty supervision and most teaching is one on one. They will also have some unique learning opportunities in the business and leadership aspects of the delivery of healthcare. For housing needs, contact Kimberly Sixkiller at: Students are vital team members and are able to attend daily noon conferences, morning rounds, and other didactic lectures. Students will meet with the program director to discuss clinical work and family medicine concepts. Goals and objectives emphasize preventative and community medicine. Overnight call is available if desired. This elective is primarily for those interested in family medicine. Depending on specific interests, rotation experience may be customized. Learning Objectives: 1. Assemble the skills and values needed for the healthcare of people of all ages, their families, and communities. 2. Synthesize the dynamics of an integrated health system and the overall well-being of patient care. 3. Examine community strategies to help the underserved population.  4. Utilize hands-on training with obstetrics and neonates. 5. Develop and promote interest in Family Medicine.

University Health Address: 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 404-7751

  • Beth Rosemergey, DO, Program Director
  • Octavia Jones, Education Manager
  • Terry Winbush, Residency Program Coordinator

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University of Missouri - Bothwell Family Medicine Residency

The Bothwell-University of Missouri Rural Family Medicine Residency trains service-oriented, evidence-based family medicine physicians to provide outstanding care and leadership for rural patients and their communities.

Bothwell Regional Health Center:601 East 14th Street, Sedalia, MO 65301
Phone: (660) 829-6652
Fax: (660) 827-7676

  • Misty Todd, MD, Associate Program Director
  • Ellie Euer, Program Coordinator

Student Testimonials