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Student/Mentor ApplicationPlease limit to 9 typed pages in Times Roman 12pt font.E-mail application and all related documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several challenges in medical training are currently leading to a decrease in scientific literacy in physician trainees and major problems in the development of clinical scientists who perform basic, clinical, and behavioral research. Some of this is due to the loss of role models and mentors for research, which has led to a decline nationally in the numbers of physician-scientists and an increasing estrangement of medical students from research. Major organizations such as the Institute of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, and the major medical subspecialty societies are attempting to address this growing problem through advocacy and support of research at all levels of medical training.
UMMC has an opportunity to assist in the reversal of these trends in academic medicine by promoting interest in research and academia. There is a need to develop mechanisms to better interface basic science PhDs with MDs during medical school as well as in postgraduate/residency programs to stimulate an appreciation of basic science and critical research skills. With the recent emphasis by the NIH on translational research, clinician scientists will play an increasingly important role in the overall academic mission of the institution. The MSRP is designed to develop the future generation of academicians, who will make up the UMMC faculty.
The overall goal of the MSRP is to foster the development of students into Academic Clinicians who will pursue clinical, behavioral, or basic research. The provision of in-depth and meaningful involvement in research activities of the Medical School will expose students to the broad variety of investigation ongoing in University Medical Center and stimulate interested students to consider careers in academic medicine.
The student will receive a one-time $1,000 travel allowance in order to attend a national meeting. Travel requests must be submitted at least two weeks BEFORE the date of travel, include all original receipts, and a note from the mentor indicting their awareness and approval of the trip. The student will receive $1,300 per year for supplies and reference materials that are directly related to their research activities and that have been approved by their mentor. These funds can be utilized to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, specialized research equipment or software, but only after a formal request and justification is made to the MSRP committee for review. All computer/software purchases need to be ordered through established purchasing procedures at UMMC and be subject to approval by DIS. Software will be held and installed by DIS. Software cannot be purchased and installed on non-UMMC computers. In some instances, the MSRP Committee may approve utilizing supply funds for travel purposes when a student's project involves a significant portion of regional or national presentations. If such an instance is expected, the student and mentor should include this information in the submitted budget as part of the initial application. Requests for a variance in the breakdown of travel/supply funds during the student's participation in the program must be submitted by the mentor to the Office of Research. The MSRP Committee will review the request and make a determination.
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