(redirected from externs)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


1. a medical student or graduate in medicine who assists in patient care in the hospital but does not reside there.
2. a student nurse employed by an institution to provide care and develop clinical skills outside of the hours spent in school.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients; formerly, one who lived outside of the institution.
[F. externe, outside, a day scholar]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012




A person associated with but not officially residing in an institution, especially a nonresident physician on a hospital staff.

ex′tern·ship′ n.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


Graduate education A student in the 3rd or 4th yr of medical school–in North America, who attends ward rounds of a teaching hospital, and learns clinical medicine by example and quasi-active participation in Pt management. See Pimping. Cf Intern.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients.
[F. externe, outside, a day scholar]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about extern

Q. Can I catch pneumonia, if I go outside with wet hair? My Mother used to tell me when I was a kid that if I go outside with wet hair, I will catch pneumonia. Is this true?

A. Are you seiously, Ann? I mean, I'm sure y're wet hair make Pneumonia?...I sorry this is not true.

Q. Is it possible to show external symptoms with a food allergy? The research I've done only mentions irritation of the throat and mouth, wheezing, etc. But is it possible to develop hives and itching on your back, arms, legs, but not have any irritation in your throat, mouth, etc, when you're affected by a food allergy, such as soy? Also, is it possibly a food allergy if the hives take a long time to go away, maybe a day or two?

A. Yes, it is possible. This exact same thing happens to me when I eat avocado products.
My skin whelps up, turn's red and itches like nothing else...
I hope that this helps and good luck with your allergies!

Q. i'm 21 years old, and my penis outer skin covers the shaft. Is it natural to have like that? from my young age the outer skin of my penis covers my shaft, and only a little of the tip is exposed even if i try to pull the skin upwards. Is it natural to have it like that? I've seen in all porn movies and other sex videos that for all those guys the outer skin can be pulled up half the way. Will this affect my sex life?

A. i went through that link. But still i'm not clear. The flash video shown over there is different from what I can see with my penis. In the video the foreskin can be pulled a long way, and the head of the penis is fully exposed. But this doesn't happen with me. Even at erect stage, my head is exposed only a little bit( like in the first part of first picture ). Can someone give more info?

More discussions about extern
This content is provided by iMedix and is subject to iMedix Terms. The Questions and Answers are not endorsed or recommended and are made available by patients, not doctors.
References in periodicals archive ?
The student externs are provided opportunities to develop their research and writing skills with their faculty mentors, who are working on manuscripts, grants, or slide presentations; for example, one extern assisted with a review of qualitative data.
Following the completion of the externship, student externs are invited to programs sponsored by the geriatric faculty group throughout the year and participate in various activities where they make presentations about their summer experience.
Evaluating the Program At the end of the eight weeks, the student externs may remain active in projects they have worked on throughout the summer.
Externs reported increased knowledge of workplace skills as a result of their externship experience, which is one of the main goals of externship programs.
The externships did provide valuable experiences and workplace information to help make the externs better teachers.
A majority of externs reported that their curriculum was impacted by their externship in the areas of learning objectives, work-based learning, and hands-on activities.
All Nurse Externs receive a minimum of two days' orientation with one of our Certified Nursing Assistant Preceptors.
Providing the opportunity for Externs to reinforce their educational training and confidence in the geriatric field.
In our facility, we utilize Nurse Externs as treatment providers and as nursing assistants, depending on our staffing needs.
Externs rotated to two different clinical units of their choice for four weeks and observed practice in two different specialty areas relating to their clinical unit assignments; they chose either the day or evening shift.
DATA COLLECTION The investigators asked externs to reflect on ways in which participation in the program affected their assumptions, beliefs, and values regarding the nursing profession and to identify if these factors were transformed in either a positive or a negative way.
At the midpoint of the program, the investigators conducted a focus group with the externs. Aware of the group process, the investigators made efforts to minimize the potential of groupthink (Speziale & Carpenter, 2007).