Genesis Neuroscience Clinical Internship Program

Through the internship program at Genesis Neuroscience Clinic, undergraduate students have the opportunity to learn about a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, assist the community’s leading healthcare providers in the diagnosis of such illnesses, and have hands-on interactions with patients.

The internship program was created to introduce highly inquisitive pre-professionals to the world of geriatric medicine. We also seek to promote the inclusion and mentorship of demographics that are underrepresented in healthcare by providing them equal access to both tools and opportunities for successful matriculation into any healthcare profession.

Program Details and Activities

  • Administer and grade cognitive testing such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
  • Observe how a subspecialty clinic operates day-to-day 
  • Learn the innovative procedures and treatments that affect the care of our community’s elderly population
  • Review cognitive testing and brain imaging with healthcare professionals to understand their relevance to the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Perform a wide array clinical tasks and enter patient information into an electronic health record
  • Network with students who have similar interests and goal

Mentorship in the program

This internship program is designed to offer guidance and support for our students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and who may not otherwise have the resources or experience needed.

Students will be working in tandem with the staff on a year-round basis during their time at Genesis. Often, the providers will elaborate on disease progression and diagnosis as well as give advice to students in their pursuit of a healthcare career. Access to this type of information and direct patient interactions provides our interns with a unique clinical experience that is hard to find anywhere else.

At Genesis, we take time to ensure that the students learn how the information they have discussed in their scientific coursework is applied in the real world and are able to experience the intrinsic rewards of working with the geriatric population. We hope that with these goals in mind, the next generation of healthcare providers will be more prepared to address the needs of the geriatric population and focus on patient care to those who are underserved.

Benefits

Genesis Neuroscience Clinic is devoted to promoting diversity and reaching out to students that are underrepresented in the field of medicine. Students who are members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

We offer an opportunity for our interns to receive compensation for their work at the clinic through the Genie Kilday scholarship. The scholarship was created after a patient’s husband graciously donated to our foundation in order to promote the continued education of our staff. The purpose of this scholarship is to alleviate the financial burden associated with taking on an unpaid internship position.

Testimonials

Caroline Arias

“My experience at Genesis Neuroscience Clinic was one full of growth and reflection. I was introduced to technologies and tools I had never heard of and trained to administer testing in a professional manner. I observed clinical operations and staff expertise in a way I did not have access to before. I am confident that the skills I learned here will serve me well wherever I may take them and are easily translated to a multitude of fields.”

Gia Hodges

“I remember one patient in particular had complimented me on my ability to lead the cognitive testing sessions with confidence. She followed that compliment with, “I know you will become a great doctor one day!” This is why coming to this internship is such an integral part of my week. I know that I am a part in taking care of them, but sometimes I feel like they are taking care of me. My internship at Genesis reminds me why I want to become a doctor every day.”

Shahin Ahmadi

“I was very involved in the daily operations of the clinic, where I had the privilege to work with incredibly qualified staff in a friendly environment. This internship has also opened up doors to competitive scholarships and academic programs that I would otherwise not have access to. My time at Genesis provided me with both a clearer vision of how I see myself as a future doctor and a mindfulness towards people and their struggles that made me grow as a person.”

Where Are They Now?

Shahin Ahmadi, participated in the program during the year of 2020. He is now studying Pre-medical science at Davidson College.

Danyelle Harmon, participated in the program for three years. She is now joining the Physician Assistant Class of 2023 at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Brett Emery, served as an intern for a year and was swiftly added to our staff for another two years. She is now at the DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) on a DIGS-BB internship program. Afterwards she will be applying for a PhD in this field.

Austin Montgomery began as an intern at Genesis in 2019 and joined our staff as our Senior Clinical Coordinator in 2020. Austin is now a medical student at Emory School of Medicine and plans to graduate 2025. 

Jerica Jackson began as an intern in 2017 and joined our staff in 2018 as our Senior Clinical Coordinator. She was promoted to Clinical Manager in 2019. Jerica is now a medical student at Lincoln Memorial University- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and is set to graduate in 2025. She is interested in serving rural and underserved communities to help resolve health disparities that present themselves in these areas especially among underrepresented communities.

Jessica Brock started as an intern in 2019 and joined our staff in 2020 where she eventually became Lead Medical Assistant. She is now a medical student at Lincoln Memorial University- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. Jessica hopes to become a geriatric neurologist and contribute to research within Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted year-round with most acceptances occurring a month prior to the upcoming school semester.

If your application fits the needs of our clinic, we will contact you to schedule an interview and provide you with the next steps.

Click the button below to begin the application process

If you have any questions, please direct them to the email listed below:
Tiana Ross and Josh Duzan
clinical.coordinator@genesisneuro.com
Phone: 865-888-9494 ext 206

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