The Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) at the NIH Clinical Center is a resident immersion program that offers medical students across the country a year-long research experience on the NIH campus under mentorship of NIH intramural investigators. Participation of the program by medical students from IDeA states, however, has been limited. With the support of Dr. Jon Lorsch, Director of NIGMS and Dr. John Gallin, Director of the NIH Clinical Center, we have developed a plan where the NIGMS and Clinical Center will collaborate to help bring more IDeA state medical students to the MRSP. The plan is outlined below:
A plan for NIGMS to support MRSP fellows from IDeA states
1. NIGMS will work with MRSP to distribute information regarding the MRSP program to the IDeA-Clinical Translational Research (CTR) network. The 11 CTRs will each identify and encourage one promising medical student to apply.
2. MRSP will review these applicants along with all other applications as part of the standard application process. Competitive applicants will then be invited to the NIH for an on-campus interview.
3. Following the interviews, the MRSP selection committee will render determinations for the primary accept list, the waiting list pool and the non-accept list. Students on the primary and waiting lists from the IDeA states will be identified.
4. These students’ names will be shared with NIGMS.
i. “IDeA” students on the primary accept list would be supported by NIH Intramural Shared Resource Support funds.
ii. All “IDeA” students (up to a maximum of 5) on the waiting list pool would be supported by funds from the NIGMS, independent of acceptance decisions of students on the primary accept list.
iii. Depending on acceptance decisions by all applicants (non-IDeA as well as IDeA-state applicants) who are given either a primary or a wait-list offer to participate by MRSP, some or all of the IDeA cohort would matriculate into the program.
Information about MSRP can be found through these web links:
If you are interested in begin identified/nominated from the NNE-CTR, please us know by contacting CTR Administrative Coordinator Jennifer Smith. Dr. Thomas R. Burklow, Director of MRSP is available to provide additional information and answers to questions.