Life-Changing Summer Experience
The summer of 2020 is bringing some significant changes to the Stillwater Medical Foundation’s fellowship program. Beginning this year, four students will be accepted into the program. Additionally, the eligibility for all fellowships has been expanded to include students who are completing their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve had inquiries from students who really just started looking at medicine during their senior year. We met with our donor families and determined it was time to expand the scope of the fellowships,” stated Jeffery Corbett, coordinator of the program. “All of them also now include the sophomore to junior summer. Previously only the Breedlove Fellowship included that range.”
During the program, fellows are able to observe surgeries, the birth of babies, physical therapy, and emergency treatment as well as shadowing physicians in the hospital and area clinic settings. The program includes field trips to both of Oklahoma’s medical schools, Dean McGee Eye Institute, the Oklahoma Blood Institute, Integris’ Paul Silverstein Burn & Wound Care Unit in Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute in Tulsa. Students also visit Behavioral Sciences at OUHSC and the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.
This program was created by the late Dr. Orville Rippy. Upon his retirement in 1983, he asked friends and family to support the creation of the Rippy Fellowship. In the mid 90’s, Dr. Robert Breedlove started an endowment for the Breedlove Fellowship. At the same time, Glen Henry, the 1987 Rippy Fellow, and his mother, Glenna Franklin Cramer, started the Franklin Fellowship in memory of Bill Franklin. In 2019, retired nurse and hospital volunteer Sue McMillan created an endowment for the McMillan Fellowship. Alumni from the program includes 23 physicians and medical students. In addition to doctors, the program has inspired physician assistants, psychologists, nurses, audiologists, dietitians, and more.
- The entire application is submitted online.
- An anonymous panel reviews the applications and selects up to three finalists for each internship.
- Finalists are called for interviews with a second panel of reviewers. This panel makes the final recommendation for the three internship awards.
- Interns are scheduled independently, and we work with each individual to set his/her calendar. However, the internship must be a priority for the student.
- The internships usually begin the first week of June. Six weeks is equal to 30 full days of activity. Some evening or weekend hours may be necessary to complete the program. Normal hours fall Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Intern dress is business casual. A lab coat and hospital ID badge are provided. Dress shoes or clean tennis shoes are acceptable (no open toed shoes or jeans).
- Upon successful completion of the internship, each student receives a $1,750 stipend.