Urban health project: A sustainable and successful community internship program for medical students

Kasey Roberts, Thomas Park, Nancy C. Elder, Saundra Regan, Sarah N. Theodore, Monica J. Mitchell, Yolanda N. Johnson

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Background. Urban Health Project (UHP) is a mission and vision-driven summer internship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine that places first-year medical students at local community agencies that work with underserved populations. At the completion of their internship, students write Final Intern Reflections (FIRs). Methods. Final Intern Reflections written from 1987 to 2012 were read and coded to both predetermined categories derived from the UHP mission and vision statements and new categories created from the data themselves. Results. Comments relating to UHP’s mission and vision were found in 47% and 36% of FIRs, respectively. Positive experiences outweighed negative by a factor of eight. Interns reported the following benefits: educational (53%), valuable (25%), rewarding (25%), new (10%), unique (6%), and life-changing (5%). Conclusions. Urban Health Project is successful in providing medical students with enriching experiences with underserved populations that have the potential to change their understanding of vulnerable populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1407-1417
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Community
  • Medical education
  • Social responsibility
  • Underserved populations
  • Urban health
  • Vulnerable

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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