Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion Summer Research Trainee Program

The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP). 

Application Deadline is Monday, January 29, 2018

Click here to apply2018 SRTP Application

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Diversity and Inclusion runs the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP). Founded in 1992, SRTP attracts college and medical students from around the nation to MGH. The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Twenty students join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student's research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students participate in weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing at MGH.  

Program Terms 

SRTP is a mandatory nine week program, running from Monday, June 4 to Thursday, August 2, 2018. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to: 

  • Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 4, 2018
  • Prepare an abstract of the research project
  • Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the program
  • Attend mandatory, weekly didactic seminars and career mentoring sessions
  • Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination) 

Program Support 

Once accepted, SRTP provides the following support during the eight week period of the program:

  • Housing near hospital 
  • Living stipend for food and other necessities
  • Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
  • Meals provided at all didactic sessions

Eligibility 

SRTP is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
  • undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1st year medical student, or 1st year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student (note: freshman and sophomores not eligible)
  • attended/attending a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico
  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • If accepted, proof of health insurance will be required

Application Process

The deadline for completed applications (2018 SRTP Application as well as supporting materials) is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 29, 2018 (no exceptions allowed).  Please complete the 2018 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below.  

A complete application must include:

Part I: 2018 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

  • Personal Statement
  • Supplemental Essay Question
  • Resume
  • Photo

Part II: Supporting Documents

  1. Two Letters of Recommendation must be submitted to this link: mghsrtp.org/recommendations
  2. Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s). Online format is preferred, emailed to: SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.
  • If you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts, please request that your medical school administrator complete and upload a Letter of Good Standing onto this online form: www.mghsrtp.org/letterofgoodstanding.

Please visit the SRTP Website for more information on how to apply.

Important Dates to Remember:

Application Available:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Application Deadline:

Monday, January 29, 2018

Decisions Made By:

Thursday, March 7, 2018

Program Starts:

Monday, June 4, 2018

Program Ends:

Thursday, August 2, 2018

All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline.   

All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, January 29, 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from SRTP@mgh.harvard.edu.   

Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and 2018 SRTP FAQs. 

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