Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
  • 01-Jul-2016 to 01-Dec-2022 (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 outpatient primary care practice offers nutritional education and support, emphasizing a plant-based diet, to all its patients.

About this Lifestyle Medicine Rotation Opportunity

If you are a student (medical, nurse practitioner, physician assistant) or medical resident 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.

At the Barnard Medical Center, we have harnessed technology and deliver a significant portion of patient care remotely from outside of our Washington, D.C. clinic via telemedicine and online meeting platforms. As a result, your rotation will likely include both in-person and remote components. The remote components may take place wherever you will be staying during your rotation or at another location of your choosing.

During your rotation you may have an opportunity to participate in some or all the following activities:

  • Interviewing, examining, and assessing patients in person depending upon clinicians' schedules and patients' approval(please note that for legal reasons, participants from foreign institutions are only able to shadow clinicians during patient visits)
  • Remotely joining telehealth patient visits (for US students and residents only)
  • Remotely participating in group patient visits via an online platform
  • Remotely participating in group patient education programs via an online platform 
  • Remotely participating in staff journal club meetings via an online platform 
  • Remote independent learning such as reviewing medical literature 
  • Remotely giving a presentation to clinic staff on a relevant and current medical topic that aligns with your learning objectives
  • Rotation participants may also have the opportunity to participate in clinical research on the effects of a plant-based diet and learn about the Physicians Committee's other work, such as legislative advocacy, modernizing medical education by replacing the use of animals at medical centers, reforming nutrition education in medical schools, and promoting plant-based meal options in hospitals.

Please note that the extent to which you will be able to participate in each type of activity will depend upon provider and patient schedules as well as our schedule for online patient programs. The standard duration of our clinical rotation is two weeks. Rotations for a duration other than 2 weeks will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All rotation participants will receive an orientation at the start of their rotation and ongoing support from their clinician preceptor. U.S. students will be provided with a laptop to participate directly in patient care (for legal reasons, participants from foreign institutions may not participate in direct patient care and will need to provide their own laptop). For telehealth and group patient visits, students will need to secure a private space to ensure patient confidentiality.

This unpaid rotation opportunity is not available as employment. The Barnard Medical Center is 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.


  • Those eligible to apply include:
    • Medical students
    • Medical residents
    • Registered nurses in a Master of Science Nurse Practitioner program
    • Students in a Master of Science Physician Assistant program
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in the health benefits of a plant-based diet and the Barnard Medical Center's unique approach to primary care and chronic disease prevention.
  • Applicants should be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

How to Apply

Please submit your application at least six months in advance of your desired start date. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Barnard Medical Center typically has two spots available each month for rotation participants. We will do our best to accommodate your desired timeframes.

For more information, contact the Barnard Medical Center's Human Resources department at

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