Biomedical Research Career Award Program (BMRCA)
Appropriate for college students, recent graduates, or medical students interested in biomedical research careers, the Biomedical Research Career Award Program (BMRCA) offers students a combined mentored research experience and educational program in clinical investigation within a group of world-class clinical researchers in human reproduction.
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The Biomedical Research Career Award Program (BMRCA) is typically 12 months in duration but on occasion may last a second year when a project’s pace dictates. It may occur in the middle of college, between college and medical school, or during medical school. Since this is not a strict employment situation but rather an educational experience, no salary will be paid. However, stipends may be provided depending on the availability of resources and the chosen research project.
It is our experience that the educational experience is significantly diluted if students take other course work outside of Mass General. However, there may be specific instances in which courses in statistics or other research techniques may be appropriate. There is no additional stipend to support the tuition for any such courses. Course enrollment must be discussed in advance with the mentor, and time away from the lab during key working hours must be a serious consideration.
RequirementsIt is expected that students entering this program will have completed a number of basic science courses. As backgrounds will vary by individual, the BMRCA experience within the Reproductive Endocrine Unit will be tailored to the candidates’ goals and previous scientific background.
Curriculum Each BMRCA student will be expected to participate in specified clinical, research, and/or educational conferences of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital that will round out the experience of the student in more didactic settings.
Each student will be assigned a mentor who is an established Clinical Investigator, a Harvard Medical School faculty, and oversees a specific research project. The mentor is responsible for the overall laboratory, clinical, and educational program of the student, and the one-to-one relationship between student and investigator will be a core component of the entire experience. All projects will relate to our ongoing investigations in the physiology and molecular genetics of human reproduction.
Conferences and Other Educational Opportunities
- Medical Grand Rounds in the Department of Medicine;
- The Research and Clinical Conferences of the Endocrine Division of the Department of Medicine and in particular the Reproductive Endocrine Clinical Conferences Series, Endocrine Grand Rounds, and Pediatric Endocrine Grand Rounds;
- The U54 Seminar Series of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit;
- Weekly journal clubs conducted by Faculty Investigators of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit;
- Courses offered by the Clinical Research Program of the MGH;
- Clinic sessions of the Staff Investigators.
Students are expected to quickly become members of the appropriate clinical research teams and to present their new findings, participate in team meetings, and assist in the preparation of manuscripts. In addition, each student will be expected to do a final presentation of their research, which includes reporting the results and discussion of their work. If the student is also involved in the MGH Summer Research Training Program for minority students (SRTP) or the HMS Pre-matriculation Summer Program sponsored by Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, the presentation will occur in the context of this program. Specific experiences will vary depending on the mentor and chosen project and will be tailored to the student’s interests and previous scientific and research experience.
How to Apply
Applicants should email/fax Dr. Janet E. Hall, the Associate Chief of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit, with the following documents:
- A statement indicating why this program interests you and how you feel it may assist you in planning your career
- A curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation
- Application (download PDF)
Qualified applicants will be invited to visit the Reproductive Endocrine Unit to interview with appropriate investigators, including Dr. William Crowley, the Chief of the Reproductive Endocrine Unit. The selection process will be rolling.
Reproductive Endocrine Unit Administrative OfficesBartlett Hall Extension
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes
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