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The Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship (SMURRF) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers medical students the chance to explore pediatric pulmonary-related clinical and basic science research in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
“The SMURRF is designed to provide medical students a very unique opportunity to work directly with researchers of the highest quality and learn about the excitement and challenges of pediatric respiratory research. We hope medical students from all parts of the United States who are considering a potential career as physician-scientists in pediatric respiratory fields will consider applying to our program which we anticipate will be highly rewarding, challenging and fun.”
“Having the opportunity to work in a research laboratory during medical school was a critical experience that set my career path. The chance to ‘get my feet wet’ at the bench, and to interact with other students and amazing mentors opened my eyes (and the door) to numerous career possibilities. I also learned about the fundamental role played by physicians in bringing new ideas to the bedside. I wouldn’t exchange that professional experience for any since.”
The primary goal of the program is to provide medical students a unique opportunity to learn about the exciting clinical and research challenges in pediatric pulmonary and sleep medicine and attract future physician-scientists into these fields.
This is a 9-week program sponsored by The National Institute of Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine where students will work directly with faculty members whom have active research programs that cover all areas of pulmonary medicine, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, lung remodeling, acute lung injury and developmental biology among others.
Students are paid a stipend of $5,390 for the nine week program and travel funds for relocation are available for students attending medical school outside of the greater Cincinnati area. In addition to direct laboratory experience, medical students will have direct clinical exposure to patients with pulmonary diseases and sleep disorders. Students have the opportunity to work directly with pediatric pulmonologists in a variety of clinical settings including attending hospital rounds and shadowing pulmonary clinics where students will see a variety of pediatric respiratory diseases including asthma, neuromuscular disease, sleep disorders, tuberculosis and cystic fibrosis, amongst others. Students are also encouraged to participate and learn about pulmonary function testing and observe the use of flexible bronchoscopy in the operating room. The program also includes small-group lectures focused on specific pediatric pulmonary diseases and seminars on general research topics including bioinformatics, scientific writing and ethics in research. At the end of the summer, students will present their research to the group, and a lecture is presented by a distinguished keynote speaker followed by an evening banquet.
In sum the program provides a well-rounded exposure to clinical and research opportunities in a stimulating and enriching environment where student-physicians will learn how they can make a positive impact in improving the lives of children with respiratory disorders.
Learn more about the program, its educational opportunities and the social events planned for summer fellows.
Learn more about the program's mentors and their individual research interests.
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