The Basic and Translational Research (BTR) Program at the Alpert Medical School links medical students with faculty and their research projects on the molecular basis and pathobiology of cardiovascular, blood, and pulmonary diseases and related conditions, and/or the outcomes of prevention and treatment of these diseases. Funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the BTR Program is a longitudinal experience that includes didactic training and a mentored research experience, with a goal of promoting the career development of potential physician researchers.
We encourage students participating in the BTR Program to also participate in the Scholarly Concentrations (SC) Program. For example, a student conducting research on the molecular aspects of atherogenesis may want to join the scholarly concentration in Aging. A student conducting research on the efficacy of a new drug-impregnated cardiac stent may want to join the scholarly concentration in Medical Technology and Innovation. However, participation in the SC Program is not required to participate in the BTR Program.
Thirty-two faculty members have agreed to serve as summer research preceptors for this program. Their project descriptions are appended to this announcement. These trainers offer research opportunities in a broad range of disciplines that span the spectrum from basic to translational to epidemiological research.
BTR Program Summer Stipend
First year medical students who are accepted into the BTR Program will receive a summer stipend of $4,370. The stipend will be distributed in 3 installments. The first will be distributed in early June at the start of your summer work upon completion of an Activation Report (the contact for this is Kathleen Chien in Dean Gruppuso's office at 863-2731). The second installment will be distributed at the beginning of July. The third and final installment will be distributed at the end of your summer project in August upon completion of a Progress Report and a Termination Report. The stipend is considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service.
Students participating in the BTR Program are not eligible to receive any other concomitant summer funding.
Students review approved BTR project descriptions and contact the appropriate faculty member(s). Together, the student and faculty mentor develop a summer research project and construct a proposal to be submitted by the February deadline. Visit the funding page for examples of high quality funded applications.
During the summer months between Years I and II, students engage in a 10-week research project and participate in a seminar series on core research topics, including the ethical conduct of research. (These didactic sessions will be open to all medical students, but required for BTR Program participants.)
Student participants will present a poster at the annual Summer Showcase in December. Students are encouraged to continue their research projects during the year, utilizing the Wednesdays that are set aside for self-directed learning. Students who are also participating in the SC Program will continue to attend concentration area meetings and events throughout the year.
Students are encouraged to continue their research project. Students should work with their faculty mentor to develop plans for continued research and/or manuscript preparation.
Students are encouraged to continue their research project. Students will submit a final scholarly work (likely in the form of a scholarly manuscript) for evaluation.
If you would like to apply to the BTR Program AND are also interested in participating in the SC Program, simply fill out the SC Program Application form and indicate that you are interested in BTR Program funding. Please follow all SC Program Application guidelines in terms of project descriptions, faculty letters of support, etc.
If you would like to apply to the BTR Program ONLY, please fill out the Summer Funding Application form and indicate that you are interested in BTR Program funding. Please follow all Summer Funding Application guidelines in terms of project descriptions, faculty letters of support, etc.