Clinical Education

In the face of discrimination and stigma, Whitman-Walker helped to create and foster programs and services to take care of the LGBTQ communities in the DC region. Today, over forty years later, we remain ever committed to passing along our cultural and clinical practice expertise to the next generation of healthcare providers and other clinicians; and to improving community cultural competence.

Medical Care

Whitman-Walker Health has formal partnerships with many medical and physician assistant programs.

Nurse Practitioner clinical rotations can be occasionally accommodated based on preceptor availability. Rotations through our current affiliates include both one-month electives and longitudinal clinical rotations that last one or more years. Many of Whitman-Walker’s medical providers hold clinical appointments and teach courses at local and national institutions focusing on LGBTQ population health and HIV care.

Trainees are matched with one or more clinical preceptors and participate fully in the clinic process. Clinical rotations have an emphasis on LGBTQ health and cultural competency (including transgender health), HIV treatment and prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and general primary care in a unique and underserved patient population.

Trainees generally come to us through established agreements with our existing affiliates as established rotations. If you are interested in a clinical internship with us, check with your program’s placement coordinator to see if Whitman-Walker is an existing partner. For interested Nurse Practitioner students as well as for medical students, medical residents, and physician assistant students at programs with whom there is no current relationship with Whitman-Walker Health, we can occasionally accommodate clinical rotations depending on preceptor availability. Please contact David Fessler, MD, Director of Clinical Practice, at meded@whitman-walker.org for questions and/or rotation requests.

Academic Affiliations


Medical Schools (3rd/4th year medical students):

The George Washington University School of Medicine

Georgetown University School of Medicine


Internal Medicine Residency Programs:

The George Washington University Internal Medicine Residency Program

Georgetown University Internal Medicine Residency Program


Physician Assistant Training Programs:

The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program

Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online Program

University of Colorado Physician Assistant Program


Other clinical lectures and trainings have included:

U.S. Department of State

The George Washington University School of Public Health

National Family Medicine Residency Program

Metropolitan Washington Association of Occupational Health Nurses

DC Center for Rational Prescribing

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Howard University College of Medicine

Washington Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency Program

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences General Preventive Medicine Residency Program


To learn more about medical education and training, contact meded@whitman-walker.org.

Behavioral Health

The Behavioral Health department at Whitman-Walker maintains a clinical internship training program for masters and doctoral-level students in the fields of social work, psychology, professional counseling, and art therapy.

Through existing relationships with various colleges and universities, Whitman-Walker’s Behavioral Health department accepts a select few interns each year. To be eligible, interns must have had at least one year of masters-level coursework and/or one prior clinical internship or practicum in which direct supervised clinical care was provided. Whitman-Walker does not provide practicum experiences for students enrolled in certification programs, such as certified addiction counselors (CAC).

Clinical behavioral interns at Whitman-Walker are paired with a clinical supervisor and receive weekly group supervision and training. Behavioral interns provide individual and group psychotherapy. Students will be trained in working with LGBTQ identified individuals and groups, HIV and infectious disease, trauma-informed care, substance use disorder treatment (including harm reduction), and other evidence-based practices. Behavioral interns may also gain some specialty experience in working with gender assessment for transgender and gender-expansive individuals, trauma-informed care for youth, as well as assessment work for a variety of mental health issues. Interns may be assigned to work at more than one Whitman-Walker location, including Whitman-Walker at 1525 (NW), Max Robinson Center (SE), or Eastern Market Youth Services.

Interns come to us through established agreements with various colleges and universities. If you are interested in a clinical internship with us, check with your school’s internship placement coordinator to see if Whitman-Walker is an existing partner. Each year we have a limited amount of available intern positions. Desired qualities in behavioral intern candidates include maturity, independence, passion for our mission, and adaptability. Interview and acceptance into the program is required. Annual interviews are held in December and January for the following academic cycle.

Academic Affiliations


Psychology PhD/PsyD Programs:

Argosy University

University of Maryland College Park

Loyola University of Maryland

Howard University

George Mason University

George Washington University


Social Work MSW/PhD Programs:

National Catholic University of Social Work

Howard University

University of Maryland

Simmons University

Smith College


Counseling MA/PhD Programs:

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

George Washington University

Walden University

University of the District of Columbia


Research/Community Engagement:

University of Virginia


For any questions or to apply, contact the Manager of Behavioral Health Education and Training, Kevin Waldorf-Cruz, at bhed@whitman-walker.org.