The DACCPM Summer Research Program is an intensive 6–12 week internship for high school students (16 and older), college students, and medical students who have completed their MS1 year.
The Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care & Pain Medicine offers research trainees the opportunity to learn critical research skills in both the laboratory and clinical environment at MD Anderson. Students interested in pursuing careers in scientific research and medicine will benefit greatly from the experience.
The department provides a broad range of challenging basic science and clinical research projects, and students are matched with a mentor from the division’s research or clinical faculty. Participants work closely with their mentors in the laboratory or clinic on projects such as opioids, chemotherapy-induced pain, perioperative immune function, airway management, and many other important and relevant projects.
Trainees will learn how to conduct literature reviews in MD Anderson’s excellent Research Medical Library, and they will be able to learn laboratory techniques or observe procedures and multidisciplinary rounds in clinical settings. The program culminates with a symposium, during which participants present talks and posters on their research projects to peers and faculty.
The program includes the following activities for Laboratory Trainees:
- Introduce trainees to the institutional and federal policies required for conducting basic science research in a laboratory setting.
- Trainees will learn lab safety practices and techniques for gathering, interpreting, and presenting experimental/scientific data.
- Trainees will learn how to conduct a literature review utilizing the medical research library in order to collect relevant information specific to their project. Areas of interest may include: opioids, chemotherapy-induced pain, perioperative immune function, factors influencing cancer reoccurrence, etc.
The program includes the following activities for Research Trainees:
- Introduce trainees to institutional and federal policies required for conducting human subject research in a clinical setting.
- Trainees will have the opportunity (depending on age) to observe in the operating room, ICU or other departmental clinics.
- Faculty mentors design projects that reflect the ongoing clinical research efforts within the division. Students actively participate in the technical aspects of their projects and the interpretation of experimental data.
- Trainees will learn how to conduct a literature review utilizing the Research Medical Library in order to collect relevant information specific to their project.
Applications are now being accepted through March 15, 2019. Submit yours via the Discover system.
DACCPM Summer Research Program Contacts
Interested students should email their current CV/resume and a Letter of Intent to the Program Coordinator:
Mary Ann Oler
Program Coordinator, Education
Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, & Pain Medicine
1515 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 0112
Houston, TX 77030-4009