Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • 01-Jul-2016 to 01-Dec-2017 (EST)
  • Barnard Medical Center
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Other
  • Other

About the Barnard Medical Center

Founded by Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the Barnard Medical Center uses a new model of health care that recognizes the fundamental importance of diet and lifestyle in the prevention, treatment and possible reversal of many chronic diseases. In addition to providing top-of-the-line medical care, our practice offers nutritional education and support, emphasizing a plant-based diet, to all of its patients.

We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard's blog.

About this Rotation Opportunity

If you are a medical student, medical resident, or registered nurse in a master of science nurse practitioner program who would like to learn how to integrate nutrition education and disease prevention into medical practice and learn more about plant-based nutrition, consider applying for this unique opportunity to visit an organization working to revolutionize health care. Clinical rotations will include supervised direct patient care, participation in patient educational classes, and ongoing medical education through patient case presentations and journal reviews. You be closely mentored by one of our clinicians.

Rotation participants may also have the opportunity to participate in the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's plant-based nutrition education events or programs, staff education sessions, scientific journal article discussions, Capitol Hill briefings, and other Physicians Committee activities. All rotation participants will receive a full-day orientation at the start of their rotation and ongoing support from their clinician sponsor.


  • Applicants should be a current medical student, medical resident, or registered nurse in a master of science nurse practitioner program. The Barnard Medical Center welcomes applications from medical students or medical residents from outside the United States.
  • Enthusiasm for the Barnard Medical Center's unique approach to primary care and disease prevention
  • Knowledge and experience with the health benefits of a plant-based diet are a plus.

Terms: We offer four-week rotations scheduled during three "blocks" throughout the year. We are currently accepting applications for the winter block, which includes January, February, and March 2017. In your application below, you will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred month. This unpaid rotation opportunity is not available as employment. If you are interested in participating in a rotation during the spring block (April, May, or June) or fall block (August, September, October, or November), e-mail us at to request to be notified when the application process for those blocks becomes available. The Barnard Medical Center is located in the Metro-accessible Friendship Heights neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Housing accommodations near the Barnard Medical Center office may be available at no cost, if needed.

How to apply: If you are a medical student or participant in a nurse practitioner program, please upload your current official transcript and a letter from the dean or registrar stating that you are in good standing (this letter must specify that you have completed and passed the required core clerkships and courses of study which are pertinent to your level of study i.e.4th year medical student). All applicants should submit a current CV.

Applications are due by October 1 and we will let you know if you have been accepted around October 15.

Please note that you will be asked to provide the following documents to the Barnard Medical Center as part of your application if you are selected for an interview with our medical director. All documents must be in the English language:

  • Hepatitis B immunity/series
  • Two doses of MMR or proof of immunity
  • Proof of Tuberculosis screening within the last year (Quantiferon blood test, PPD)
  • Tdap booster in last ten years
  • Varicella status
  • Influenza vaccine within the last calendar year
  • Proof of personal health insurance coverage that would apply to Washington, D.C., USA
  • Proof of Medical Liability and/or Malpractice insurance coverage during the rotation time (minimum $1 million/occurrence/$3 million aggregate liability in U.S. Dollars)

For international applicants, the following documents, in addition to the required documents listed above, must be submitted as part of your application if you are selected for an interview with our medical director. All documents must be in the English language:

  • Photocopy of the main pages of your passport, showing Passport #, dates of issue, expiration, photo and date and place of birth
  • Two passport size quality photos
  • Proof of passing USMLE Step 1
  • Copy of current B1 Visa
  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, proof of TOEFL results (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Once accepted, medical residents must apply to the DC Board of Medicine for a medical training license (MTL), prior to the program onset start date.  Click here for more information.  

For more information, contact the Physicians Committee's Human Resources department at

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