Research, Fellowship and Other Opportunities

Health Policy Fellowship at the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Summer is around the corner and there are plenty of opportunities to do research and volunteer. There's now an opportunity to learn first-hand about health policy and advocacy. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in conjunction with the Health Policy Fellowship Initiative is pleased to invite current first years to apply for a paid summer position as the AAO Health Policy Fellow.

The Fellowship is an intensive exercise in real-world policy and advocacy. Fellows not only complete a practicum at the specialty society but are also guided through a curriculum in health economics, health policy, public policy, and government relations. The Fellow will be mentored by alumni and experts in the field and experience the full spectrum of policy.

Role of the Fellow at the Specialty Medical Society

The Fellow will work for the Government Relations and Advocacy Department in whatever capacity is necessary for the society. This includes but is not limited to advocacy,policy, legislative issues, and lobbying. Examples of previous activities include:

  1. Advocating on behalf of the Society on the hill
  2. Researching, analyzing, and developing positions on policies, legislation, and bills
  3. Representing the Society at specialty society meetings
  4. Developing relations with and soliciting support from state and national organizations
  5. Developing CME materials for physicians
  6. Enhancing membership recruitment and organizational value to members
  7. Participating in the organizational meetings of the Board of Trustees and Operational Staff

Applicants for the AAO Fellowship should have interest particularly in Medicare issues, congressional interest, regulations, agency comments and reimbursement issues among other health policy topics.

Apply at healthpolicyfellowship.org by 5:00PM on May 7, 2015

APGF Student Summer Fellowship

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is excited to announce the launch of our 2015 Student Summer Fellowship (SSF) program. SSF grants are awarded for research and/or service in community health and cultural competency. Ideal SSF projects are focused on studying cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population.

APGF Fellows are eligible for up to $4,000 in funding for a 10 week project.

Applications will be available on our website at www.bit.ly/APGFSSF on January 16, 2015 and the deadline for applications is March 16, 2015. Using our new online grant request system students can now save in-progress applications and complete them as they gather the relevant materials

HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

Seeking African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research

DEADLINE: January 28, 2015

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latino/a medical students with opportunities for independent research along with structured mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development activities. The complete Request for Applications can be found on the HVTN RAMP Scholar Program website.   

Grant recipients will work under the mentorship of HVTN-affiliated investigators to conduct short-term research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral and social science. Projects can be:

Short-Term Projects: 2-4 months

  • Timed with a summer break or fourth year research elective
  • Travel to an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US or abroad
  • Attend and present at an HVTN Conference
  • Maximum award of $20,000

Long-Term Projects: 9-12 months

  • Research at an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
  • Can be timed with a planned masters or doctoral program, or be a distinct, non-degree associated research-focused year
  • Attend two scientific conferences, including presenting at the HVTN conference
  • Maximum award of $60,000

Project Ideas

Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the best practices for conducting informed consent and parental assent procedures to encourage informed participation of youth in South African HIV vaccine trials?
  • What is the scientific literacy of men who have sex with men in Boston about vaccines, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and microbicides?
  • Investigation of HIV disparities in men who have sex with men in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Apoptosis of CD4 and CD8 T-cells and B cells and how it relates to the durability of vaccine responses based at Emory University.

Application Materials

If you are interested in applying, visit HVTN RAMP Scholar Program website and e-mail Jenna Udren, RAMP Coordinator. We will connect you with investigators who can assist you in selecting a project or topic of interest and potentially serve as a mentor for that project. Applications are due January 28, 2015by e-mail to HVTNawards@hvtn.org and notifications of award will be made in early April 2014.

For More Information

All correspondence concerning the program should be addressed to:

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Coordinator
HIV Vaccine Trials Network

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Eastlake Ave., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-6712
judren@fredhutch.org

Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Program (MSARP) provides ~50 medical students across the nation an opportunity to do clinical or basic science research. If you aren't sure on specialties, this provides a great opportunity to get some research and clinical anesthesia experience (difficulty to do this before M3 year). This is also an excellent opportunity to see a brand new city, hospital, etc. See details below, and email me (lhouse2@uthsc.edu) if you have any questions.

For those of you interested in anesthesiology, the FAER is a well-recognized. It will come up in interviews! M3s, this is a great way to get paid while doing an away/audition rotation the summer before apps go in M4 year.

Deadline: December 15, 2015 (it was moved back last year)
Duration: 8 weeks, scheduling is flexible. for M3s, you can use this experience toward 2 option blocks during your M4 summer!
Stipend: $400/week = $3,200
Travel stipend: Additional $1000 for travel to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (in San Diego this year!) annual meeting
Application: Statement of interest, 2 letters of recommendation, "good standing" letter (contact Debbie Hester for this), unofficial transcript
Sites: Many exceptional programs around the country. You rank your top 5 and get "matched" based on application score.
Questions: Contact McLean

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Cancer Research Opportunity Summer 2015

St Jude invites UTHSC students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-31) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program. The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.  

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.
 
Prior research experience is required for all applicants. The POE 2014 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.80. In 2014, 51 students from 39 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia were selected from 500 applicants. POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks (10 weeks for returning students). All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The remuneration is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. The deadline for receipt of all 2015 application materials is February 1, 2015. Early application is highly recommended, since we make some early placements.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested. Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.

AACAP Medical Student Fellowship Opportunities

AACAP is pleased to offer two fellowship programs for medical students interested in child and adolescent psychiatry. Please check the AACAP website for a complete listing of award opportunities.

Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Research Fellowships in Substance Abuse and Addiction

Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
The Jeanne Spurlock Minority Medical Student Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction provides up to $4,000 for 12 weeks of research training in substance abuse and addiction under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor. This program also provides additional travel funds to attend the AACAP Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

For a complete listing of award opportunities or for more information, please contact Ashley Rutter, Training and Education Manager at arutter@aacap.org or visit the AACAP website.

NIH Diabetes Research

The NIH-funded Diabetes Research Centers invite applications for the Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes and Obesity. This program 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, clinical investigation or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Diabetes Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

Please see the links below for more information about the program and for an application.

FRONTERA/Border Health Scholars Program

Focusing Research on the Border Area (FRONTERA) Border Health Scholars is a 10-week research internship offered by the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Office of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement.

The course provides undergraduate, graduate and medical students with an increased understanding of public health disparities in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region through practical hands-on research experience, role model mentoring, and integration into a network of peer researchers/public health professionals invested in the development of each trainee. Participants are matched, according to their areas of interest, with an experienced scientist/researcher whose work has an impact on border health. Students will present the outcomes of their research at the end of the course.

We encourage interested students to check out our website for more information on the program and how to apply: https://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu/bhscholars.

For more information, please contact: Kameron Hanson, 520-626-6148 or at khanson@azcc.arizona.edu.

HHMI Research Opportunities for Medical Students at U.S. Schools

In order to encourage more medical students to pursue academic and research careers, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) offers outstanding year-long and summer research training programs for students enrolled in schools in the U.S. Women and under-represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Students enrolled in MD/PhD programs are not eligible to apply.

For further information, visit: www.hhmi.org/medfellowships or e-mail medfellows@hhmi.org.

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910 Madison, Suite 1002
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone:901-448-5529
Fax: 901-448-7683

Robert Kaplan Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.