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Meet the former fellows of the Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship (SMURRF) and learn about their experiences.
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at Georgetown University School of MedicineMentor: Marc Rothenberg, MD, PhD2012 Summer Research Project: Role of WD repeat-containing protein 36 (WDR36) in Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Respiratory Disorder
"Although I was not familiar with Cincinnati, I decided to travel to Ohio to partake in research at one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals. Under Dr. Rothenberg and Dr. Sherill, my research project consisted of investigating a novel gene (WDR36) which was suspected to play a role in Eosinophilic Esophagitis. My previous research training conducted throughout my undergraduate education was enrooted within tumorigenic drug resistance. This new research project required fundamentals such as genetic and immunological processes involved in the allergic response which I initially lacked and have never been exposed to prior. Once arriving at Cincinnati Children’s hospital, I met with my adviser and a list of possible research options were drafted for me with my input. Throughout my summer research experience, I gained the fundamental tools to properly address my research topic. There were also multiple post-doctorates and an MD / PhD student always available if I ever needed any guidance. In addition to my project, I was able to partake in numerous activities such as shadowing bronchoscopies, presenting evidence-based medicine topics for a summer course, and partaking in immunology journal clubs. Cincinnati Children’s provided a balanced experience with adequate clinical exposure and a great basic science component. This summer venture has greatly inspired me to consider becoming a Clinician-Scientist in the future, one that integrates basic science research into the advancement of medicine."
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at University of Cincinnati College of MedicineMentor: Raouf Amin, MD2012 Summer Research Project: The study of Airway Dynamics in Children with Sleep Apnea by Magnetic Resonance ImagingAbstract selected for presentation at the 2013 American Thoracic Society Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
"My Fellowship experience was invaluable. Dr. Amin immediately made sure that not only did I have an interesting clinical research project, but that I also gained diverse exposure to the clinical practice of pediatric pulmonology. While working with a large research group consisting of radiologists, pulmonologists, ENT surgeons, and even aerospace engineers, I was still responsible for my own project. I learned anatomy, radiologic principles, tenets of surgical management, and the physics of the upper airway throughout the summer. The shadowing opportunities and “lunch talks” throughout the summer were very engaging and insightful. Everyone involved with the program, including administrators and physicians, were extremely helpful and happy to have us there. I would highly recommend this program to any student interested in either clinical or laboratory research looking for exposure to clinical pulmonology in general."
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at University of Cincinnati College of MedicineMentor: Gurjit Hershey2012 Summer Research Project: The Effect of Molds on Inducing Severe Asthma
"I had a great experience working on my project in the Hershey Lab. Everyone was very helpful, and I learned a great deal about lab techniques and immunology. I worked on a project consisting of exposing mice to molds spores and examining the induction of severe asthma. My project truly helped me obtain a better appreciation for research and a firm grasp of difficult subject matter. The shadowing experiences available through the Summer Fellowship were fantastic. I was able to observe several areas of Pediatric Pulmonology, including Bronchoscopy, Inpatient Rounds, Outpatient clinic, and Stress Testing. I enjoyed being able to see patients, and get a better understanding of the field of Pediatric Pulmonology."
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at University of Cincinnati College of MedicineMentor: Bruce Trapnell, MD2012 Summer Research Project: Evaluation of New Biomarkers for Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at University of Cincinnati College of MedicineMentor: Kathryn A. Wikenheiser-Brokamp, MD/PhD2012 Summer Research Project: Rapamycin inhibits growth of Rb/p53 mutant neuroendocrine carcinomasAbstract selected for presentation at the 2013 The National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Texas.
"The SMURRF program is a great opportunity for those looking for both research experience and clinical exposure at one of the nation’s premier medical centers. Working closely with my PI, I gained valuable experience in basic science research like never before. There is also a great deal of time dedicated to clinical talks and shadowing in pediatric pulmonary with top experts in the field."
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at University of Cincinnati College of MedicineMentor: Jeff Whitsett, MD2012 Summer Research Project: Role of SAM pointed domain Ets factor (SPDEF) in airway goblet cell metaplasia
"The SMURRF provided me with a nice balance of both research and clinical experience. This combination helped me explore and learn about how research and clinical practice work as separate entities and as a collaborative effort. My mentor and program leaders were all great and very helpful in providing me with opportunities to learn new research techniques and observe cases in the OR."
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at the University of Louisville School of MedicineMentor: J.P. Clancy, MD2012 Summer Research Project: Transforming growth factor-beta regulation of CFTR and non-CFTR ion transporters in Cystic Fibrosis-affected epithelia
Current Position: 2nd Year Medical Student at Wayne State University School of MedicineMentor: Carolyn Kercsmar, MD2012 Summer Research Project: Development of multimedia discharge instructions to improve asthma outcomes in hospitalized children
Learn how to apply to the Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship (SMURRF).
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