Research Opportunities For Medical Students
"What is the role of the PhD scientist in clinical and translational research?"
The Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students is a two-week intensive introductory course offered by the NIH Clinical Center (CC) in July 2014 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
The course is offered by the CC at no cost. However, participants are required to provide for their housing/lodging, food, and transportation during their participation in this course. Information on housing in the Bethesda, MD area can be found on the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association website [disclaimer]. The NIH is located on the Red Line of the Washington, DC Metro Rail System [disclaimer] at the 'Medical Center' stop.
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science provides fellowships in clinical research for professional students. Interested students must complete the "Introduction to Clinical Research" course offered in the summer and as an elective in the spring semester. Students will then identify a principal investigator involved in research who will serve as mentor and submit an application. In addition, students engage in a specific curriculum designed to promote sound clinical research practices. Applications are accepted twice a year. Initial awards are for one year with the possibility of renewal.
Students awarded the fellowship will receive a stipend of $3,000 to enable them to complete:
- A mentored research experience linked to an ongoing faculty research project based on a detailed research training plan developed with the mentor that constitutes a ‘contract’ signed by trainee and mentor.
- Experiential activities designed to provide orientation to the academic discipline of clinical and translational science and the peer-review process.
- To maintain eligibility, fellowship students must submit quarterly progress reports and their mentors must submit quarterly evaluations.
Above: MDPHD students at the 2016 CCTS 11th annual sping conference.
Students with research interests at the interface of Medicine and Engineering can apply for the prestigious Halcomb Fellow Award, which provides $25,000 per year for two years for a research project directed by dual mentors from an engineering discipline and the biomedical sciences.
Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) Scholar Awards are one-time competitive, merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are either pursuing a doctoral level degree or are engaged in postdoctoral research at an accredited college, university or institution. In addition to recognizing and encouraging excellence in higher education, these awards provide partial support for study and research for women who will make significant contributions in their varied fields of endeavor. Priority is given to women who are well established in their programs, study or research. For more information, please visit the PEO web site.