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Internal (UC/CCHMC) Research Opportunities

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There are a number of internal research opportunities within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Program-specific website and contact names are provided below.

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program is designed for current health professions students interested in joining a well-prepared, diverse, and culturally competent primary care workforce. This two-year program requires classroom-based and online didactic experiences and team-based, community and clinical training experiences each year. Questions should be directed to Sharron DiMario.

The CCHMC Radiology Summer Research Program offers imaging research projects, as well as opportunities to participate in collaborative conferences, procedures, and actively review cases of interest. The Program Director is John Racadio MD. The Program Coordinator is Tara Grise.

The UCCOM Center for Integrative Health and Wellness offers a summer research opportunity for medical students. The Program Coordinator is Lisa Doogan.

The Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program provides service-based, experiential learning for students in the Cincinnati community. Interns commit to one year of working at Crossroad Health Center on pre-designated clinical and non-clinical jobs. Questions can be directed to crossroadhc@gmail.com.

The Department of Family Medicine and Clinical Practice provides four-week summer research fellowships to medical students. The contact is Anisa Shoma MD. The Program Coordinator is Kim Hawkins.

The Department of Internal Medicine engages medical students in 3 pathways – educational scholar, clinical and translational researcher, and basic science researcher – through the Internal Medicine Scholarly Training for Academic Research (IM STAR) Program. Successful applicants receive a stipend. The Program Coordinators are Kelly Niederhausen and Liz Bauke.

The Department of Ophthalmology offers summer basic science research experiences to medical students through the Edith J. Crawley Memorial Summer Medical Student Scholar Award. The Program Coordinator is Michele Wyan.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the UCCOM offers a summer research opportunity for medical students. The Program Coordinator is Kim Hasselfeld.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience offers summer research experiences to medical students. The contact is Peirce Johnston MD. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience also offers trauma-focused experiences to medical students. The contact is Maria Espinola PsyD.

The Department of Radiology Medical Student Summer Research Program provides research opportunities for medical students interested in academic radiology who have a Department of Radiology faculty member as their advisor. Successful applicants receive a stipend. The Program Director is Juliana Tobler MD. The Program Coordinator is Tosha Feldkamp.

The Department of Radiation Oncology offers summer clinical experiences through the Introduction to Oncology Summer Program. The Program Director is William Barrett MD.  The Department of Radiation Oncology also offers research experiences to medical students. The contact is Jordan Kharofa MD.

The UCCOM offers first-year medical students an opportunity to participate in the Medical Student Scholars Program (MSSP). Students accepted into a MSSP path are engaged in preceptor-supervised educational experience within a circumscribed area of interest. They participate in clinical and didactic activities that go above and beyond the required components of the medical school curriculum. The Program Director is Amy Guiot MD. The Program Coordinator is Gina Burg.

The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) allows medical students from any US medical school to experience laboratory research firsthand. Students who have completed their first year of medical school spend 9-10 weeks during the summer conducting research and analyzing data in the clinical and basic science research laboratories of established faculty investigators. Successful applicants receive a stipend. The Program Director is James Heubi MD. The Program Coordinator is Sandy Geideman.

The Men’s Health Club offers a summer research grant. The student contacts are Jackson HowellParth Patel, and Andrew Rice.

The Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship (SMURRF) provides medical students the unique opportunity to learn about the clinical and research challenges in pediatric respiratory and sleep medicine and attract future physician-scientists into these fields. Successful applicants receive a stipend. The Program Director is William Hardie MD. The Program Coordinator is Mary Lang.

The Urban Health Project pairs medical students with non-profit health organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that serve underserved communities. The contact is urbanhealthproject@gmail.com.

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