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Medical Students

We are always looking for dedicated, passionate medical students who are interested in volunteering with WCCHR. In order to become a volunteer, medical students must first attend one of WCCHR's biannual training sessions. For more information on our upcoming student trainings, please visit our ‘Events’ page or contact us at Once they are trained, medical students work closely with clinicians to evaluate asylum seekers for signs of physical and/or psychological torture. Subsequently, students draft medical affidavits in support of the asylum applicant. A final version of the affidavit is then submitted by the clinician as part of the application that goes to court. 

In addition to conducting evaluations, medical students can get involved with WCCHR in a variety of different ways, listed below. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at

  1. Research. We place a strong emphasis on collaboration with motivated medical students who are interested in conducting research on asylum-related topics. All client data we collect is stored in a secure, deidentified REDCap database that can be utilized for research purposes. If you are interested in designing your own project or joining a current project, please contact us. See below for resources on how to get a research project started.

    PDF iconWCCHR Research Proposal Template.pdf
    PDF iconWCCHR Research Project Guidelines.pdf
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    Protocol to Obtain an IRB.pdf

    For questions regarding prospective or current research projects with the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights, please contact:

    Nicholas Vernice
    Research Development Coordinator
    Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights

  2. Volunteering. We continuously have ongoing projects in areas such as training, advocacy, and project evaluation.  We always welcome volunteers that may want to help out in a particular project.  To learn more about our current projects, please contact us.

  3. Fourth year elective.  We offer a fourth year elective (independent elective) with WCCHR.  Please see the guidelines for the elective below.
     Fourth Year Elective.doc

We also welcome collaborations with medical students from other schools.  Please feel free to reach out to us

Weill Cornell Medical College Center for Human Rights 1300 York Avenue, Box #2 New York, NY 10065