Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship

Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship

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.

SMURRF award winners at the
National Student Research Forum

SMURRF Award Winners 2016.

Greg Lavins (Theresa Gilbert, Mentor): “Classification of Preschool Wheezing Phenotypes Via Cluster Analysis of Electronic Health Record Data”

Stephanie Kerlakian (Jason Wood, Mentor): “Advanced MR-Based Imaging in Cystic Fibrosis”

Meera Basu (Louis Muglia, Mentor): “Expression of Human Placental Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone During Inflammatory Stress”

Michael Zhou (Zackary Cleveland, Mentor): “Quantitative MRI of TGF-a-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis”

Program Goal

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 10-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.

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. 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.

Program Information

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Learn more about the program, its educational opportunities and the social events planned for summer fellows. View the program details.

Summer Research Mentors

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Learn more about the program's mentors and their individual research interests. View our Summer Research Mentors.