NIH Clinical Research Connections

A newsletter for alumni and current participants in NIH clinical training programs

Letter from the Director

As summer approaches, the Clinical Center's Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education is wrapping up the inaugural year of the Medical Research Scholars Program and making way for the Clinical Center's Summer Internship Program. We also have several great activities planned, such as the 2013 Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students and the Clinical Fellows orientation.

In recognition of the great staff in our office, I would like to acknowledge and give special thanks to Vicki Malick who recently retired after serving the NIH for 36 years. We are grateful for her dedication and commitment to several programs, including the Clinical Research Training Program (1997-2001), Clinical Electives Program and Resident Elective Program.

Please take a moment to read our newsletter and share with us your exciting updates of the spring as well as future events in the summer.


Frederick P. Ognibene, MD, FCCM, FACP
Deputy Director, Educational Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, NIH Clinical Center (CC)
Director, Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, CC
National Institutes of Health

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Inaugural Medical Research Scholars Program Class Presents Research

The inaugural class of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) presented the results of their year-long research projects during the MRSP Scientific Presentations, on May 13-14, 2013 in Lipsett Amphitheatre.

After nearly a year conducting research on the NIH intramural campus, the 45 scholars presented their work to the NIH community and invited guests. Adrienne Taylor, a student at Duke University School of Medicine, was among the first scholars to present her research on May 13. Her project focused on the relationship between migraines, depression and cardiovascular disease in a community-based family study.

Taylor, who is interested in the connection between mental illness and physical illness, says, "This year has helped me focus on what I want my future career path to be," adding that she is considering enrolling in a joint program in psychiatry and internal medicine.

In addition to conducting and presenting their year-long projects, MRSP scholars took part in a curriculum designed to expose them to a broad range of exceptional leadership, and professional development workshops. Participants also attended bi-monthly journal clubs, clinical patient rounds, and process of discovery lectures. "This program helped me understand what kind of clinician, and what kind of scientist I want to be," says Jake Cawley, a student at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Carlos Miranda, a student at New York University School of Medicine, added that the best thing about MRSP was the mentoring he received at NIH. "This isn't just about science," he added. "There's a hospital here, and there are patients. There is bench research, but there's also a lot of translational research." Miranda's area of research this year was renal physiology under the mentorship of Mark Knepper, M.D., Ph.D. of the NHLBI.

The NIH welcomed the inaugural class of 45 scholars from 34 U.S.-accredited universities over the summer of 2013. This year-long enrichment program offers talented medical, dental, and veterinary students the opportunity to conduct mentored basic, clinical, or translational research in areas matched to their personal interests and research as well as career goals. For complete details on the MRSP please visit

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OCRTME Summer Calendar of Events

Curious about the Clinical Center's training and education news and events? Stay up-to-date on these and other activities by visiting our Current Events page.

June 4: NIH Clinical Center Visit by High School Students

Fifty-two tenth graders from Wissahickon High School in Ambler, PA visited the NIH Clinical Center and the new Porter Neuroscience Building to learn about educational and training opportunities and fascinating research efforts at NIH. The students are part of the "Bridge to Employment Initiative" sponsored by Johnson and Johnson.

June 17-August 9: NIH Clinical Center Summer Internship Program

The 2013 Clinical Center (CC) Summer Internship Program (SIP) begins June 17. Approximately 40, highly qualified students from across the nation ranging from high school to professional school were selected to participate in the eight-week research internship program.

June 20: NIH Clinical Center Visit by Undergraduate Students

Approximately 90 undergraduate students participating in the Howard University (DC) Robert Wood Johnson Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) will visit the NIH Clinical Center to learn about NIH intramural training programs and research opportunities.

July 8-July 19: NIH Clinical Center's Clinical and Translational Research Course for Ph.D. Students

Approximately 30 predoctoral students were selected as the cohort to participate in the 2013 course at the NIH Clinical Center to be held July 8-19 at the NIH main campus. During the two-week intensive course, participants will learn about the fundamentals of clinical and translational research through didactic and interactive modules at the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration.

July 9: NIH Clinical Fellows Orientation

An orientation for new clinical fellows will take place on Tuesday, July 9. A special Clinical Fellows Grand Rounds will be held each Wednesday in August, beginning August 7. This is a component of the Clinical Center Grand Rounds focused on a core curriculum for all clinical fellows and others.

August 8: NIH Summer Poster Day

The Clinical Center summer interns will participate in NIH Summer Poster Day. Poster Day, the culminating event of the program, provides students the opportunity to present their research projects to the NIH community.

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NIH Clinical Electives/Resident Electives Coordinator Retires

Vicki Malik pictured with Clinical Center staffAfter 36 years of federal service, Vicki Malick (center) retired on March 31, 2013. Malick served in the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education, coordinating both the NIH Clinical Electives Program for medical and dental students, and the NIH Resident Electives Program. Malick was also instrumental in the development of the NIH Intramural Program on Research on Women's Health, and the NIH Women's Health Scientific Interest Group under the direction of the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.

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Training Spotlight: NIH Clinical Center Postbaccalaureate IRTAs

Clinical Center post baccalaureate IRTAs

The Clinical Center (CC) Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardees (postbac IRTAs) presented their research during the NIH Postbac Poster Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 on the NIH Campus. The Postbac IRTA program provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional (medical/dental/pharmacy) school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH.

CC postbacs pictured above (left to right): Jessica Huang (CC Diagnostic Radiology Department); Hector Munoz (Diagnostic Radiology Department); Brandon Peplinksi (CC Laboratory of Diagnostic Radiology Research); Peter Liu (CC Office of Research Information Systems).

For more training photos, please visit the Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education's Flickr gallery: [disclaimer].

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