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Sanford Research Opportunity
The Sanford Program for Medical Student Research provides an opportunity for University of North Dakota medical students to participate in clinical research. This program is in partnership with Sanford Health, and is a 10-week program that allows students to translate their classroom knowledge to clinical research by working under the supervision of Sanford clinicians. We anticipate that the clinicians who are recipients of the Sanford physician-initiated research awards are among those who will participate as clinician mentors for this program. Medical student participants will gain valuable experience by attending weekly seminars given by Sanford principal investigators on the latest topics in their particular field. In addition, participants will learn about ethics in scientific research, regulatory aspects of research, and grant and manuscript preparation.
At the end of the summer, students will share their research project results with the region's scientific and medical community at a poster symposium. Students will be encouraged to present their findings at national meetings, provided funding is available, and co-author peer-reviewed publications resulting from their research.
- The program is 10 weeks within the period of May 19, 2014-August 1, 2014 to accommodate medical school schedules. Trainees must establish with the program coordinator and their mentor the specific weeks before the start and commit to working those 10 weeks, with the exception of Memorial Day and the July 4th holidays.
- Students will work under the direct supervision of a participating Sanford Physician or Sanford clinician mentor. Students accepted will be provided with a list of mentors and their projects. Students will indicate their project/mentor preference. Pairings will be made by the program coordinator.
- Students will prepare a 10 minute seminar describing their project hypothesis and aim(s), which will be developed through discussions with their mentors. The seminar will be presented to the other medical students, the program coordinator, and chief operating officer of research.
- All medical students will be responsible for constructing a poster outlining their research at the conclusion of the program, and have their posters displayed at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences annual Frank Low Research Day.
- All medical students will participate in weekly research/educational seminars and presentations, including seminars given by Sanford researchers and clinicians. The program coordinator will host forums where ethics in biological research, grant and manuscript preparation will be discussed.
- Students must participate in all activities and seminars unless authorized by the program coordinator.
- Students will be paid $12.50/hour.
Sanford will not begin accepting applications until approximately the first week of March 2014. This time frame does not apply to other UND-run sites (i.e., UND SMHS, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, VA or USDA Human Nutrition Lab).
Applicants must submit their completed application by March 7, 2014, to be considered for the summer 2014 program. In addition to the application, please send a copy of your official transcripts (one from each college that you have attended) and two letters of recommendation. Only sealed official transcripts or official electronic transcripts will be accepted. You must arrange for transcripts from all institutions where you have taken college level courses.
Letters of recommendation need to be sent from the author. An application will not be considered complete until the application form, letters of recommendation and transcripts have all been received. Late applications will not be considered.
Please send all application materials via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials will also be accepted via mail to:
Attention: Tamara Ledeboer, Education Program Coordinator
2301 E. 60th Street North
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-0589