Quinnipiac first year medical student, Van Mai, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine on May 5, 2015. Image by Johnathon Henninger

Career Development

Your career starts here

Starting in your very first term, you will spend an afternoon each week observing and working on-site with a practicing primary-care physician who will come to know you well over two years. You will feel the pulse of a real community practice, getting a read on what it takes. You will receive mentoring and career guidance from full-time faculty members who are invested in your success, and from clinical faculty at our affiliated institutions who will introduce you to national networks of possibility. You will rotate through five or six high-quality hospitals, and learn how different places organize and deliver their care. Though these ways and more, you will gain valuable insights about what you want in your own career — and the knowledge, contacts, skill sets that will position you for success once you start it.

By the numbers


Personal Attention

Typical size of learning teams in our classroom setting


On-Campus Chapters of National Professional Organizations

Including the American Medical Student Association and American Medical Women’s Association.


Health- and Medicine-Related Student Interest Groups

From Medical Mandarin to Military Medicine

Summer Research Fellowships

Academic work that counts

Building on the knowledge gained during the first year of medical school, you’ll have the chance to conduct meaningful research over the summer. Working alongside experts at renowned universities and organizations such as Harvard University and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, our students have researched topics including Alzheimer’s disease, substance abuse and the Zika virus — and launched a radiologic imaging website for the School of Medicine. The experience sets our medical school students apart when it comes time to applying for jobs.

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This is where you get to explore

As a research fellow, you’ll experience what it’s like to do front-line academic inquiry, and also to dive deeply into a subject of personal or professional interest. The eight-week experience can be inspiring, career-changing — or career-affirming.

"I’ve been able to work directly in the operating room and to see outside of a textbook what actual disease processes look like, and how to treat patients. It’s brought a first-hand context to the things that we’re learning about in the classroom, which I think is an invaluable experience."
Lindsey Scierka, MD '17

Employment and Internship Resources

Quinnipiac first year medical student, Van Mai, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine on May 5, 2015. Image by Johnathon Henninger

Employment & Internship Resources

Employment Content

The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is committed to providing students with the highest levels of clinical experience in only the most reputable patient care venues. Their rotations take them through multiple departments to learn and be mentored by physicians in numerous specialties.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford are urban hospitals with a diverse patient population and are the School of Medicine principal clinical partners.  They have a combined clinical faculty of more than 250 physicians. 

In addition to St. Francis and St. Vincent’s, the School of Medicine enjoys clinical affiliations with dozens of other hospitals in Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond with over 650 physicians on the School of Medicine clinical faculty.

  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Griffin Hospital, Derby, Connecticut
  • Jewish Senior Services, The Jewish Home, Fairfield, Connecticut


  •  Masonicare, Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut
  • MidState Medical Center, Middletown, Connecticut
  • ProHealth Physicians
  • Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts 


  • Sacred Heart Health System, Pensacola, Florida
  • Saint Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut

“We have a great relationship with our faculty. They are really responsive. It’s a very collaborative atmosphere. There’s a lot of teamwork among the students. You feel like you’re on this adventure together.”
Cristina Mallozzi MD ’17

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