Wilkes University


Become and Indian Health Service Extern!

The Indian Health Service (I H S) Extern Program offers IHS scholarship recipients, as well as other health professions students, the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience in an Indian health facility. This experience allows students to develop their clinical skills under expert supervision while contributing to an interdisciplinary team of health professionals. The Indian Health Service (IHS) offers scholarship recipients, as well as other health profession students, the opportunity to participate in a hands-on instructive experience that will complement the knowledge and skills developed in school. This experience will help to enhance pre-professional training, while also familiarizing yourself with Native communities that are of interest to you when you begin your health professions career. IHS externs are employed for 30 to 120 workdays per calendar year during non-academic periods.

Information on the program is located at: https://www.ihs.gov/scholarship/ihsexternprogram/. Commander Susan Polifko (information below) is a Wilkes graduate. You may contact her with questions or to get guidance.

Susan E. Polifko, PharmD
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service
Building 75, Room 4504
Silver Spring, MD 20903
E-mail: susan.polifko@fda.hhs.gov