The Medical Student Summer Research Program leverages the research and training expertise of MCW's faculty and its substantial research infrastructure to provide robust research training opportunities for early year medical students, which expose them to research and academic careers early in their career-decision making process. The students are engaged full-time for 12 weeks in basic science, clinical or translational laboratory studies that address diseases and conditions affecting the cardiovascular, pulmonary or hematological health of our citizens and globally. The training is complemented by a series of didactic seminars and other activities that deepen the integration of the trainees into the scientific community. These experiences facilitate opportunities for trainees to observe how new discoveries translate into the development of new drugs, devices and treatment modalities in the clinical arena, while also encouraging them and providing them with outlets to remain connected to research throughout their medical education program. There is a high demand for training and a qualified applicant pool, with good outcomes evident over the 6-10 year time span that separates the summer training period from the beginning of an independent career.

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The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) aims to foster the development of biomedical, behavioral and clinical researchers among medical students who are in the early stages of their career decision-making. The MSSRP's immersive approach exposes students to both the scientific principles underlying cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematological diseases and their translation to new clinical paradigms during intense, summer experiences encompassing laboratory and didactic training within an integrated and collaborative scientific environment. The overall goal is to help ensure that an adequate supply of diverse, well-trained physician scientists is available to address the needs of the public in these interest areas.

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
NRSA Short -Term Research Training (T35)
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