The Medical Research Scholars Program is a year long research immersion program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, offering a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and featuring a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow's leaders in medicine and biomedical research.
I entered MRSP program after finishing my second year of dental school. While I was excited to finally start working with my own patients and their families, I knew there was a knowledge gap within my training that made feel underprepared to provide wholistic care to these communities. The acceptance to MRSP program came at the right time to help bridge this gap. MRSP was the optimum platform to interact with peers and pioneers from other healthcare programs and experience, first-hand, an interprofessional research and patient care model.
The MRSP program allowed me a dedicated window to pour all my focus into research, and it was a wonderful experience. I was able to dig deep into research projects which allowed me to learn new skills, refine my scientific reasoning, and learn more comprehensively how clinical research is conducted. The experience provided me with deliverables such as abstracts and authorships, but also meaningful insight into the research process which will help me in my future career.
I had an amazing experience participating in the NIH-MRSP. My experience was unique because I completed my year remotely at NIEHS in Durham, NC. Although I was not with my cohort, I had the best year being involved in a project I was passionate about and my lab group made me feel like family.
The 10-12 month program is designed for students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a strong interest in conducting basic, translational, clinical or epidemiological research and are currently enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at an accredited medical, dental, or veterinary program.
Dental and veterinary students: due to the integrated nature of the third and fourth (clinical) years, participation in the MRSP is recommended after you have completed your second or fourth year in school.
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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program is a public-private partnership supported jointly by the NIH and generous contributions to the Foundation for the NIH from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Association for Dental Research, the Colgate-Palmolive Company, alumni of student research programs, and other individual supporters via contributions to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.