Cleveland Clinic's summer research program in reproductive medicine: an inside look at the class of 2014.

Title

Cleveland Clinic's summer research program in reproductive medicine: an inside look at the class of 2014.

Creator

Durairajanayagam Damayanthi; Kashou Anthony H; Tatagari Sindhuja; Vitale Joseph; Cirenza Caroline; Agarwal Ashok

Publisher

Medical education online

Date

2015
2015

Description

BACKGROUND: The American Center for Reproductive Medicine's summer internship course in reproductive medicine and research at Cleveland Clinic is a rigorous, results-oriented annual program that began in 2008 to train both local and international students in the fundamentals of scientific research and writing. The foremost goal of the program is to encourage premedical and medical students to aspire toward a career as a physician-scientist. The internship provides participants with an opportunity to engage in original bench research and scientific writing while developing theoretical knowledge and soft skills. This study describes selected survey responses from interns who participated in the 2014 internship program. The objective of these surveys was to elicit the interns' perspective on the internship program, its strengths and weaknesses, and to obtain insight into potential areas for improvement. METHODS: Questionnaires were structured around the five fundamental aspects of the program: 1) theoretical knowledge, 2) bench research, 3) scientific writing, 4) mentorship, and 5) soft skills. In addition, an exit survey gathered information on factors that attracted the interns to the program, communication with mentors, and overall impression of the research program. RESULTS: The opportunity to experience hands-on bench research and scientific writing, personalized mentorship, and the reputation of the institution were appreciated and ranked highly among the interns. Nearly 90% of the interns responded that the program was beneficial and well worth the time and effort invested by both interns and faculty. CONCLUSION: The outcomes portrayed in this study will be useful in the implementation of new programs or refinement of existing medical research training programs.

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Ohio; medical education; Surveys and Questionnaires; Curriculum; *Internship and Residency; Hospitals; Access to Information; biomedical research; Biomedical Research/*education; medical students; program development; program evaluation; Program Evaluation; Reproductive Medicine/*education; research training; summer internship; translational medical research; General

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

29517–29517

Volume

20

Citation

Durairajanayagam Damayanthi; Kashou Anthony H; Tatagari Sindhuja; Vitale Joseph; Cirenza Caroline; Agarwal Ashok, “Cleveland Clinic's summer research program in reproductive medicine: an inside look at the class of 2014.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed September 26, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5160.

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