Student Learning Opportunities

Virginia Garcia has offered a Student Learning opportunities. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Garcia will not be placing any student learners into our clinics until further notice .  It has become very clear that our focus is needed to care for our patients and to assure the safety of them, our staff, as well as students.   We will not be taking any inquiries at this time, please continue to check the website for updates.


We consider anyone coming into Virginia Garcia for an educational reason a Student Learner, however to clarify, an Intern is someone who will follow the provider and learn from observing and asking questions. A Student may actually interact with patients as well as shadowing and observation.

The program definition is broad. A Student Learner could be a high school senior fulfilling a class requirement or wanting to learn about a possible future career. It could be a Resident doing a rotation before becoming a full-fledged provider. At any given time you can find 30-40 Student Learners at Virginia Garcia.


We have established programs with OHSU, Pacific University and others in the following areas:

  • Pharmacy
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Physician Assistant

You do not have to be a student at OHSU or Pacific University to apply. Virginia Garcia does receive Student Learners from other schools as well.

How to Apply:

  • Email your requests

    Send your requests to our Student Learning Coordinator

Please be sure to include the following information:
  • Academic status (current student, year in school)
  • Availability (approximate start date and length of time available)
  • How many hours do they need (estimate)
  • Area of interest/specialty
  • Languages spoken fluently (other than English)
Additional Information:

The Student Learners are paired with a provider in one of our clinics during their learning time.

As there is limited availability. We recommend that interested students contact Virginia Garcia two – three months in advance to apply for placement in the program. Placement is not guaranteed, but every effort is given to provide an opportunity for each student.

Although not a requirement, it is a strong advantage to speak Spanish. More than half of our population speaks Spanish and more than 80% are best served in a language other than English.

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