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2017 Summer Clinical Research Program in Pediatrics

Program description: Hackensack University Medical Center offers an 8-week research volunteer position during the summer to 8-10 outstanding undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and first year medical students interested in gaining clinical research experience.

The 2017 Summer Clinical Research Volunteer Program in Pediatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center offers pre-medical and medical students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related to their specific sub-specialty. The primary focus of this position is clinical research and writing. Each departmental track of the program will grant admission to 2-3 students. These students will have the unique opportunity to join a faculty member in completing an ongoing research project and/or create a new project proposal with his or her mentor’s guidance. Students will also gain valuable insight into the publication process, including opportunities to participate in co-authorship of research projects in peer-reviewed pediatric journals.

While participating in the program, students will be invited and encouraged to attend pediatric grand rounds as well as other lectures of interest available through the Department of Pediatrics at The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  The program also includes a dedicated lecture series on the basics of clinical research including a background on evidence based medicine, ethics of research and fundamental statistics. There will also be opportunities for students to shadow clinical staff members throughout the program to provide clinical exposure.

Students who are interested in science, medicine, and clinical research are encouraged to apply to the 2017 Summer Clinical Research Volunteer program. The program is open to undergraduates, post baccalaureate and medical students.  The ideal applicant is a student aspiring to attend a graduate program in medicine with a strong academic record and an interest in pediatrics.

Application Requirements and Qualifications: Application materials must include a completed online application, a resume, unofficial transcript, and two letters of academic recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the letter writers.  All materials should be sent electronically to THE SUBJECT OF EMAIL SHOULD CONTAIN THE APPLICANT’S NAME. 

Application Process: All application materials must be submitted and received by January 20, 2017.  Exceptional applicants will be asked to schedule a brief phone interview in mid-February. All applicants will be notified regarding acceptance by the end of March.

Program Dates: Each applicant is required to make at least a full-time (approximately 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.), eight-week commitment from June 5th to July 28th, with a two day mandatory orientation on June 1st and 2nd.

Contact Information: The 2017 Summer Clinical Research Program is coordinated by Dr. Ginger Janow. Questions regarding the program and/or application process should be directed to

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