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Research/Training Programs


Medical Student Summer Research Program
UVa Summer Research and Extended Research Programs A medical student summer research program between the first and second years provides the opportunity for a large number of students to participate in research with members of the faculty. Projects in both clinical and basic research are available. The usual project period is seven weeks. Stipends are provided by the School of Medicine and faculty member mentor. A formal report of the work is required at the end of the program. Information about this program is provided to students by mid-February. The extended research program allows students to perform research during free time in years II and II and elective periods during year IV, or over the course of an entire year, Both programs are overseen by Dr. Steven Wasserman (434/243-7088; email ssw3an@virginia.edu). Administrative questions can be directed to Joyce Fortune, McKim Hall, Room 3026 (3rd floor), 434/243-7088, jcf9u@virginia.edu.

Pediatric Research
The Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society offer a medical student research program at over 400 laboratories throughout the U.S. and Canada. Phone: 281/419-0052 or email student-research@aps-spr-org

Alpha Omega Alpha Student Research Fellowships 650/329-0291
Up to 40 fellowships may be awarded annually to students in their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year. MD/PhD students are not eligible. Areas of research may include clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology, and social science/health service research. For information email ckuckein@alphaomegaalpha.org

St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
The Pediatric Oncology program allows medical students after their 2nd year to participate in oncology research. Training is a minimum of 9 weeks. A stipend is available. Trainees are responsible for their travel, housing and living expenses.

The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes (research year; summer program)
The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. A stipend is provided.

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program (research year)
This program is designed to encourage medical students to pursue a career in clinical research. Students must have completed their first two years and some clinical training. Stipends and health insurance coverage are provided at 10 medical schools, see web site for more information.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) 301/402-2176 (research year)
This program offers a summer research program 9-12 weeks or after the 3rd year. Prior research experience is expected of most applicants. Training programs are also available at NIH.

HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program 800/424-9924 (research year)
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the National Institutes of Health - the largest private and public biomedical research institutions in the United States - jointly established the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program to give outstanding students in medical schools an opportunity to receive research training at the NIH for a year (an annual stipend is available). For more information contact them on their web site.

Howard Hughes Fellowships (research year; summer program)
For information on fellowships (some in Africa) offered at Howard Hughes Medical Institute call 800/424-9924 or send an email to medfellows@hhmi.org or visit their web site at www.hhmi.org/grants/individuals/medical-fellows.

The Stanley J. Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science, Inc. (research year)
This program offers fellowships each year to give medical students the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a research laboratory at an institution other than the medical school in which they are enrolled. Prior research is not a prerequisite. The annual stipend is approximately $28,500. There is also up to $7,000 for travel and moving expenses to name a few of the benefits.

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
AFAR is a not-for-profit organization supporting biomedical aging research. This 8-12 week program offers stipends to students for various research projects. For more information send an email to grants@afar.org , call 212-703-9977.

Michael J. Gaffey Post-Sophomore Year Fellowship in Pathology (fellowship year)
The University of Virginia Department of Pathology offers a fellowship in pathology; the Michael J. Gaffey Post-Sophomore Year Fellowship Program. The fellowship emphasizes the diagnostic activities of the pathologist, particularly in surgical pathology, cytopathology, autopsy pathology and clinical laboratory medicine. Research opportunities are also available. The fellowship is structured to accommodate the interests of the student fellow. This is open to medical students who have successfully completed their second or third year at a U.S. or Canadian LCME accredited medical school. A stipend of $21,000 is provided. An application form is available on their web site.

Vanderbilt Short-Term Summer Research
Summer Research and Training Program in Environmental Health Sciences is designed to support short-term research training of medical students. The program will capitalize on the outstanding research facilities in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, strengths in environmental health coupled with patient-oriented research, existing research and training infrastructure, and a demonstrated institutional commitment to the continued development of biomedical research and training.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Program
The Medical Student Summer Fellowship program is an eight-week research program offered to medical students who have a career interest as a physician-scientist in the field of oncology and/or related biomedical sciences. A stipend is given.

UVA Medical School Research Opportunities
For information on UVa research/grants.

Fourth Year UVa Elective Research
Research opportunities exist in the fourth year as an elective.



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