Medical Student & M.D. Training
Medical student & M.D. fellowship opportunities are listed below. Applications may be due months in advance.
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Clinical Electives Program for Medical Students: Endocrinology and Metabolism
Purpose: The program provides advanced medical students with an intensive clinical experience in the subspecialty of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism in a research setting.
Eligibility: Applicants must be a student in good standing with full support from the Dean of their Medical School.
Visas are required for non-U.S. citizens. Visa Classification Information is available on the NIH Division of Intramural Service website.
Length of Award: 4 weeks (additional weeks are negotiable)
Clinical Electives Program for Medical Students and Residents: Hepatology
Purpose: The elective provides residents and students with an opportunity to learn about different liver diseases and aspects of clinical research. Participants join of a team consisting of clinical fellows, research nurses, and senior investigators and participate in
- evaluating, monitoring and treating patients on various liver disease research protocols
- the inpatient consult team and in outpatient hepatology clinics
- a workup and presentation of several assigned patients weekly
- daily hepatology rounds
- Open to medical students and medical residents
- Visas are required for non-U.S. citizens. Visa Classification Information is available on the NIH Division of Intramural Service website.
Length of Award: 4 week session
NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) (short duration summer IRTAs)
NIDDK Contact: Nicole Ray
Purpose: The program provides a developmental training experience to promising high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who have expressed a strong interest in or are studying disciplines related to biomedical sciences.
Eligibility: Applicants must be
- at least 16 years of age
- enrolled at least half-time in high school or have been accepted for or are enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in an accredited U.S. college or university
- in good academic standing
Each NIH Institute or Center (IC) is responsible for establishing its own policy on the granting of fellowships to students who are relatives of IC employees. However, in no case may trainees receive a training assignment in a lab or branch where a relative has authority for resource allocation decisions.
For minors under 18 years of age, if required by state or local government law, work permits must be obtained. A written agreement of a parent or guardian is also required.
Restrictions published by the Department of Labor must be followed regarding assignments that may be hazardous or detrimental to the health and well-being of students.
Length of Award: Short duration during the summer only
Basic and Clinical Research Programs
Lasker Clinical Research Scholars
NIH Contact: Charles “Chuck” Dearolf
Purpose: The program aims to grow the diminishing pool of talented physician-scientists by providing the necessary financial support to establish their careers.
Eligibility: Applicants must
- have a clinical doctoral degree (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., R.N./Ph.D. or equivalent) from an accredited domestic or foreign institution
- have a professional license to practice in the United States
- be no more than 10 years from completion of their core residency training
Applicants who completed their core residency in June 2004 are eligible.
The program is intended for investigators at the early stages of their independent careers. Applicants have generally completed or will be completing a post-residency clinical fellowship and will have demonstrated significant patient-oriented research experience to qualify for a tenure-track level appointment.
Length of Award: The program combines a five to seven-year period of independent research as an NIH Principal Investigator with the opportunity to remain at the NIH (and become eligible to apply for a Senior Investigator position) or apply for up to five years of extramural financial support ($500,000 per year plus overhead) at a university or other external research institution.
Medical Research Scholars Program
Purpose: Participants engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, or at close by NIH facilities, that matches their professional interests and career goals. Collectively, participants will experience the full continuum of biomedical research—the bench, the bedside, between both and beyond—from crystallography to molecular biology, from computational biology to clinical trials and epidemiology, i.e., all areas of contemporary biomedical science.
Candidates must currently be enrolled in a
- medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
- dental school that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
- osteopathic school that is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association
- veterinary medical college that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Candidates in double degree, e.g., M.D./Ph.D., programs are eligible to apply.
The program is designed for students who have completed their core clinical rotations (typically third-year) but does not exclude students with strong research interests from applying prior to having completed their clinical rotations.
Fourth-year students qualify to apply and participate in the Medical Research Scholars Program. However, accepted fourth-year students must defer graduation before participation.
Length of Award: The length of award is 1 year. For a select group of participants, an additional year of support may be available to allow continuation of ongoing studies if this is judged to be in the best interests of the scholar and the mentor.
Master’s Degree In Clinical Research
NIH-Duke Master’s Program in Clinical Research
Purpose: The program is built on a solid foundation of the NIH-Duke University Clinical Research Program that offers didactic courses in research design and management, statistical analysis, and bioethics. An individualized research project through hands-on, practical experience in clinical investigation is part of the thesis requirement. Participants receive a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research.
Applicants must be
- physician-scientists who have already completed two-three years of specialty training in internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, pathology, or radiology or subspecialty training in either adult or pediatric endocrinology and metabolism, gastroenterology and hepatology, nephrology, or hematology
- board-certified or board-eligible
Length of Award: 3 years
Non-accredited Graduate Medical Education
Graduate Medical Education (GME): Nephrology Clinical Research Training
Purpose: Fellows join the Kidney Diseases Branch and have opportunities to conduct basic and clinical research into the pathophysiology and treatment of glomerular diseases.
Fellows may enroll in the NIH-Duke Clinical Research Training Program, which involves two years of class-work in epidemiology, statistics, and trial design and leads to a Master of Health Sciences degree.
Applicants must have
- completed an AGME-certified nephrology training program
- a U.S. medical license.
Length of Award: The fellowship is typically 2-5 years.
Hepatology Fellowship Program
Purpose: Fellows are prepared for a career in academic hepatology. Fellows participate in a range of clinical, translational, or basic science research projects while acquiring skills in clinical hepatology and the management of patients with liver disease. Basic research projects may include
- the molecular pathogenesis of viral hepatitis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, and noncirrhotic portal hypertension
- mechanisms of action of antiviral therapy and interferons
- immunological and virologic responses in viral hepatitis
- antiviral drug development
- HCV vaccine development
- iron metabolism
Clinical research protocols are equally diverse and are ever-expanding from studies of
- HCV, HBV, HDV
- nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
- noncirrhotic portal hypertension
- primary biliary cirrhosis
- autoimmune hepatitis
The fellowship also supports the opportunity for earning a concomitant Master’s Degree in Clinical Research (MHSc) which is jointly sponsored by the Duke University School of Medicine.
Eligibility: Applicants must be board-eligible in gastroenterology or internal medicine.
Length of Award: The fellowship is offered for a period of 2-5 years depending upon the applicant’s career goals and research projects.
Accredited Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Graduate Medical Education (GME): Pediatric Endocrinology
Purpose: The fellowship provides clinical and research exposure that allows for the development of academic pediatric endocrinologists with experience in both clinical or bench research.
The first year is dedicated to the acquisition of necessary clinical skills from all aspects of the principles and practice of pediatric endocrinology. Fellows rotate through the NIH-Clinical Center and participating hospitals.
The second and third years are focused research years allowing for training in laboratory or clinical research. Fellows receive appropriate courses on statistics, biotechnology and laboratory methods, grant and scientific paper writing, and the development and execution of clinical trials.
- have completed PGY-3 level training prior to initiation of the fellowship
- be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics
Length of Award: 3 years
Inter-Institute Endocrinology Fellowship Program
NIDDK Contact: Ranganath Muniyappa, M.D., Ph.D.
Purpose: The fellowship is designed to train physician scientists in the subspecialty of endocrinology for careers in research, academia, pharmaceutical development, and clinical practice.
- possess an M.D. degree
- have successfully completed an internship and residency
- be board-eligible or certified in internal medicine
Length of Award: 3 years
University of Maryland/NIH Clinical Scholars Gastroenterology Fellowship Program
Purpose: The fellowship is a jointly-sponsored ACGME-accredited program with the University of Maryland School of Medicine that prepares fellows for a career in academic gastroenterology.
Fellows spend the first year at the University of Maryland Medical Center for clinical training in gastroenterology and hepatology.
Fellows spend the second and third years at the NIH Clinical Center and participate in various clinical research projects along with participating in gastroenterology and hepatology consultative services and outpatient clinics. The fellowship is designed so that the fellows become proficient in aspects of clinical, translational or basic science research while refining endoscopic skills required for a successful career in academic gastroenterology.
Applicants must have successfully completed a training program in internal medicine.
No residents are taken.
Length of Award: 3 years