• 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 6, 2016 and finish on Friday August 5. Dates are flexible for individual circumstances but individuals must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks.


    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, administrative 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. Students will also receive web-based training on responsible conduct of research as part of the summer program.

    Formal Lectures in 2015 included:

    1. Asthma by Dr. Caroline Kercsmar, MD
    2. Cystic Fibrosis by Dr. J.P. Clancy, MD
    3. Pediatric flexible bronchoscopy by Dr. Robert Wood, MD, PhD.
    4. Pediatric sleep medicine by Dr. Narong Simakajornboon, MD
    5. Pediatric Lung Transplants by Dr. Marc Schecter, MD
    6. Developing a career in clinical research by Dr. Raouf Amin, MD
    7. Work-Life Balance as a Physician-Scientist by Dr. Theresa Guilbert, MD
    8. Research Opportunities Beyond This Summer by Dr. William Hardie, MD

    The Program invites nationally recognized scientists in pediatric sleep or pulmonary medicine who provide a lecture and meet with the students informally over dinner at a Cincinnati restaurant. 

    Previous guest speakers have included:


    • Dr. Stephanie Davis, MD, Division Director, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Riley Children’s Hospital


    • Dr. Hugh O’Brodovich, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine
    • Dr. Robert Wilmott, MD, and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Saint. Louis University School of Medicine


    • Dr. Judy Voynow, MD. Edwin L. Kendig Jr. Professor of Pulmonology, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Dr. Lynn Taussig, MD, past president and CEO of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Denver, Colorado


    • Dr. Gregory Redding, Division Director, Pulmonary Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital
    • Dr. Thomas Ferkol, Alexis Hartmann Professor, Director, Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine – Saint Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University

    During the summer program, students are provided an opportunity to shadow their mentors or other physicians in pediatric pulmonary and sleep at Cincinnati Children's to better understand how a physician-scientist functions. Students will have five half-day blocks available during the nine week program where they will round with the inpatient teams or attend the following pediatric pulmonary/sleep 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 and are invited to have a personal test performed)
    • Bronchoscopy (students will observe scheduled bronchoscopies in the operating room)
    • Rounds with pulmonary team on hospitalized pulmonary patients

    In the final week of the program in August, the Program concludes with an awards banquet where students will present a 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 also 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 2016 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 cincinnati.com, which lists Cincinnati Enquirer classified housing ads.

    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.