Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship

  • Program Information

    This nine-week program provides medical students an excellent exposure to techniques of basic or clinical research and the scientific process used to develop and investigate biomedical questions in in areas relevant to National Institute of Health initiatives focusing on pediatric sleep and pulmonary biology areas of research.

    The program emphasizes:

      1. Hypothesis driven, mechanistic, basic research in which the tools of contemporary biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell and developmental biology are used.
      2. Clinical or translational research that applies newly developed basic techniques to specific clinical problems.

    During the period of support, students will have a direct relationship with an experienced investigator and the staff of an established laboratory. The mentors will devote time to the student to allow a thorough understanding of the research process and intensive training in the experimental techniques necessary to carry out the proposed project. To the greatest extent possible, students are expected to take primary responsibility for the technical execution of experiments related to their projects. All students are expected to participate in advancing the understanding of unsolved problems in areas relevant to the funded initiatives while they are supported by the program. At the end of the summer program we expect students to have a greater enthusiasm regarding the research opportunities in pediatric respiratory and sleep disorders.

    Dates of Program

    The nine week program will begin on Monday June 8, 2014 and finish on Friday August 8. Dates are flexible for individual circumstances but individuals must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks with the majority of time during the summer program time frame.


    The program is designed for medical or osteopathic students who have successfully finished at least one year of study. Students must be in good academic standing and cleared to advance to their next year of medical education without the need to remediate classes during the summer. Students participating in the summer program are expected to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks of full-time effort toward their research project. Students must be citizens of the United States or green card holders. Students are expected to work full time during the program and not participate in any non-research activities (i.e. any other academic or work undertakings) during the approved project period unless approved in writing prospectively by the course directors.

  • Educational Program

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    Weekly lectures will be provided by the physician-scientists in Pulmonary and Sleep medicine on either clinical or research core topics.

    Clinical lectures will include:

    1. Ashma
    2. Cystic fibrosis
    3. Neuromuscular disorders
    4. Lung transplantation
    5. Pediatric flexible bronchoscopy
    6. Pediatric sleep medicine
    7. Pulmonary function tests

    Research core lectures will include:

    1. Utilization of animals in biomedical research
    2. Responsible conduct of research
    3. Publication of results including discussions of authorship and the manuscript review process
    4. Conflict of interest in research
    5. Careers in biomedical research for MDs with discussion of additional future opportunities of research for students
    6. Work-life balance as a physician-scientist

    Shadowing in Pulmonary and Sleep Clinics

    Students will have the opportunity to shadow physicians in pediatric pulmonary and sleep clinics. Students will have three hour blocks provided during the nine week program and may use up to five of these blocks to attend the following available clinics:

    • General Pediatric Pulmonary
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Hamilton County Tuberculosis Clinic
    • Rare Lung Diseases
    • Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Aerodigestive Anomalies
    • Asthma
    • Lung transplant
    • Exercise testing (students will observe scheduled pediatric exercise testing)
    • Bronchoscopy (students will observe scheduled bronchoscopies in the operating room)
    • Rounds with pulmonary team on hospitalized pulmonary patients

    Annual Guest Lecture

    Near the end of the summer the Program will invite a nationally recognized scientist in pediatric sleep or pulmonary medicine who will provide a lecture and will meet with the students as a group over dinner at a Cincinnati restaurant.

    Research Presentation

    In the final week of the program in August, the Program concludes with an awards banquet where students will present a 10-15 minute oral summary of their research activities including the hypothesis, aims, results, and discussion of potential future directions in their research focus. The Program will select and sponsor at least one student the following spring to present their research findings at The National Student Research Forum at the University of Texas Medical Branch campus in Galveston.

  • Salary, Housing, Laboratory and Travel Stipend

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    The stipend for summer 2014 is $5,390 for the 9 week program.


    Housing is available at the University of Cincinnati or Xavier University; both are a short shuttle bus ride from the Academic Health Center. For more information, visit the SURF website. Students who wish to arrange their own living accommodations can often find one-bedroom apartments close to campus. You can find a summer apartment to share or sublet at, which lists Cincinnati Enquirer classified housing ads.

    Laboratory Stipends

    Each student will be awarded approximately $500 to cover laboratory-related expenses to be used for the Trainee’s individual research projects. Mentors of the student will provide any incurred additional research-related expenses.

    Travel Stipends

    Travel stipends of up to $500 are available for students living outside of the Greater Cincinnati Area to cover relocation transportation costs.

  • Stephanie Kortyka, a student in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory

    Stephanie Kortyka, a student in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory.

    Stephanie Kortyka, a student in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory
  • Amir Rezayat and Stephanie Kortyka, students in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory.

    Amir Rezayat and Stephanie Kortyka, students in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory.

    Amir Rezayat and Stephanie Kortyka, students in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory.
  • Students attending small group lectures focused on pediatric pulmonary-related clinical topics.

    Students attending small group lectures focused on pediatric pulmonary-related clinical topics.

    Students attending small group lectures focused on pediatric pulmonary-related clinical topics.
  • Frank Forde, a student in Dr. Hershey’s laboratory.

    Frank Forde, a student in Dr. Hershey’s laboratory.

    Frank Forde, a student in Dr. Hershey’s laboratory.
  • Social Events

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    Cincinnati Children’s hosts a summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF) which has regular scheduled social events that are available for Students in this program. Events include a kickoff picnic, an ice cream social, Cincinnati Reds baseball game, visit to the Cincinnati Museum Center, and a behind the scene visit to the Cincinnati Zoo Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW) Center.