Healthcare Externship in Advanced Technologies

Inspiring & Mentoring Promising Undergraduate & Graduate Students
We're exposing University of California engineering, computer science, pre-healthcare and business undergraduates in a pilot one-year program to healthcare technology

Photo: Steven Chan/UCSF

The externship program will give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to interact with a variety of UCSF interdisciplinary technology experts from multiple perspectives: innovation, operations, research, and education. This program will expose participants to a wide variety of experiences and opportunities in healthcare technology. Students can make valuable, meaningful contributions to these programs. All externs must be available for the duration of program: 4-6 hours/week, with one year commitment.


Objectives for externs

  • Understand and learn about the different healthcare technology career paths
  • Apply and sharpen skillset for a live, business and technology environment
  • Play an essential role in important projects and deliverables
  • Shadowing highly respected mentors at UCSF Health and UCSF’s professional health schools

Highlights of program

  • Technology analysis for ADVICE, DD&T, and other committees
  • Special mentor projects & assignments
  • Speaker series
  • Networking opportunities

Photo: Steven Chan/UCSF

Expectations for Externs

  • Upon acceptance to the Program, you (the extern) will be paired with a mentor from UCSF who works in your field of interest as indicated in your application package
  • Upon your acceptance, you will undergo a weeklong training program which will cover UCSF professional etiquette, how to use the computer systems at UCSF, paperwork and badge creation as well as other training as deemed necessary.  
  • You will be required to attend weekly update meetings.
  • You may be required to attend scheduled meetings at UCSF’s various campuses, or attend team calls via videoconferencing (Zoom).
  • You may be assigned projects to work on in groups including but not limited to:
    • Video presentations
    • Data entry
    • Project and website design
    • Data analysis and Reports
  • You will have various opportunities to network throughout the externship with staff from UCSF and many leaders in the healthcare sector
  • Depending on your mentor, you may be allowed to attend meetings.
  • There will be educational events offered including but not limited to healthcare conferences, pipeline meetings and tours of UCSF.
  • There will be both required and optional social events for Program participants including field trips, tech forums, kick-off parties etc.


Faculty & Mentors

Raman Khanna, MD MAS, Faculty — Associate Professor at UCSF Hospital Medicine, Physician Lead for Inpatient Informatics at UCSF Health

Steven Chan, MD MBA, Co-founder, Manager, Clinical Informatics Fellow

Alissa Porter, Mentor — Epic Analyst Training Manager at UCSF Health

Kelsey Sobomehin, Mentor — Project Manager, Clinical Systems, Clinical Analytics & Quality, UCSF Health

Katherine Scangos, MD PhD, Mentor — Clinical Fellow, Neuropsychiatry & Interventional Psychiatry

Michael Wang, MD, Mentor, Clinical Informatics Fellow





Diwanshu Kumar, Co-founder, B.A. Economics, B.A. Public Health, UC Berkeley (2019)

Steven Truong, B.A. Computer Science, UC Berkeley (2017)

Hasan Ahmed, B.S. Bioengineering, B.S. Business Administration, UC Berkeley (2020)

Mahmoud Alzaghari, B.S. Business Admin, Minor CS, UC Berkeley (2020)

Eric Zhang, Public Health, CS, IB, UC Berkeley (2018)



Francis Kong, MD MS — Advisor, Kaiser Permanente Edge Externship Program; Faculty Advisor, Healthcare 2025 De-Cal

Arielle Lee — Boston Children’s Hospital, Clinical Research Assistant; Former Kaiser Permanente head of Externship program

Ada Gu, MD — McMaster University DeGroote School of Medicine; Former Kaiser Permanente head of Externship program


As part of the application process, we will request:

  • Cover letter — Your reasons for selecting the externship program should be included in this letter. You should also include why you are a good fit for this program and what differentiates you from the other candidates.
  • Résumé — Your résumé should include your education, paid and volunteer employment experience, and any relevant extracurricular activities.  
  • Personal Information  — name, address, email addresses, emergency contact
  • Responses to the Essay Questions
  • Transcript — Either an official or unofficial transcript is acceptable.  

The application processed has been closed for 2018.


(Last updated 7/2/2018 - steve)