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This 9-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
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.
The program will begin on Monday June 11, 2013 and finish on Friday August 9. 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.
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. Ashma2. Cystic fibrosis3. Neuromuscular disorders4. Lung transplantation5. Pediatric flexible bronchoscopy6. Pediatric sleep medicine7. Pulmonary function tests
Research core lectures will include:
A. Utilization of animals in biomedical researchB. Responsible conduct of researchC. Publication of results including discussions of authorship and the manuscript review process.D. Conflict of interest in research.E. Careers in biomedical research for MDs with discussion of additional future opportunities of research for students.
Students will have the opportunity to shadow physicians in pediatric pulmonary and sleep clinics. Students will have 3 hour blocks provided during the 10 week program and may use up to 5 of these blocks to attend the following available clinics:
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.
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 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.
The stipend for summer 2013 is $4,590. Students will also receive $400/month for housing for a total stipend of approximately $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.
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.
Amir Rezayat and Stephanie Kortyka, students in Dr. Clancy’s laboratory.
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