Thursday, November 1, 2007

Interested In Cardio Medicine And Research?

High Program School Summer - Cardiopulmonary Research Science and Technology Institute 2008 Student Intern Research Program
June 9 - August 1

The CRSTI Student Intern Program is designed to introduce college and upper level high school students to the medical research environment. This will include concepts and applications of clinical and pre-clinical research, basic scientific principles, clinical outcomes, data collection and management, medical education and training programs and the administrative support of these activities relative to a Medical Research Organization.

This is an 8 week program where the students
will rotate through several areas, experiencing the medical research environment. Each intern will spend 3 weeks in research, witnessing some of the most technologically advanced systems being researched in relationship to cardiac disease.

Two weeks will be spent in Quality and Outcomes, experiencing the data collection, analysis, and statistical review used in improving patient care delivery, CRSTI has been a pioneer in the advancement of Quality and Outcomes and is nationally recognized for their Outcomes studies.

Students will spend one week of concentrated clinical experience, shadowing physicians and health care professionals, recognized nationally and internationally as pioneers in the field of cardiovascular medicine, and observing procedures such as angiograms, bypass surgery and transplantation.

And finally, two weeks are dedicated to the completion of a research project. Interns will be given a research project, assigned at the beginning of the internship with work continuing throughout the eight week program, involving data collection, critical thinking, analysis and a written abstract.
Findings and abstract will be presented by Intern to the research group at the conclusion of the internship.

Work on the research project may result in publication in a medical journal, or presentation of research at a medical symposium. Students will be matched with a physician mentor and staff mentor, observe surgical cases, assist in patient enrollment and interact with several areas of cardiovascular medicine. Intern Hours will be 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. However, hours may be modified at the discretion of the Intern Coordinator to accommodate meetings, surgeries, etc.

Application Process
Applications for Internship will be accepted from February 1 - February 22. All applications must be complete and received in the CRSTI office by 5 pm February 23. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Applicants must provide the following:
  • Typed, double-spaced essay, 3-5 pages in length:
    The essay should address why the student is interested in the medical field, what qualities/experiences would make them a good intern candidate, and what they hope to gain/accomplish from this experience.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one letter should be from a teacher/professor, school counselor or administrator)
  • Transcript
  • Application
    Download the application in Adobe Acrobat format here.

Select candidates will be interviewed in March.
Candidates will be notified of their status, via mail, by April 8, 2008.
Completed applications should be mailed to:

Intern Program Director
7777 Forest Lane C-742
Dallas, Texas 75230

Students must posses a minimum grade point average of 3.2 (4.0 scale), an interest in medicine and research, and be willing to commit to the Internship schedule. Applicants must be high school seniors, or college (undergraduate any level) at the time of application.

Interns will receive a certification of program completion and a stipend of $2100 upon successful completion of the program. Students who do not complete the entire rotation will receive a proportionate share of the stipend based on the completed portion of the program.

High Program School Summer