The DACCPM Summer Research Program is an intensive 6–12 week internship for high school students (ages 18 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 train 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 online 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 online Research Medical Library in order to collect relevant information specific to their project.
- The laboratory and clinical environment at MD Anderson provides a broad range of challenging basic research and clinical projects. Students learn lab safety practices and techniques for gathering, analyzing and presenting scientific data.
- Emphasis is placed on the importance of basic principles that form the foundation for scientific investigation. Students learn about a broad range of subjects in Anesthesiology, Critical Care, or Pain Medicine research.
- MD Anderson faculty mentors design projects that reflect the ongoing research efforts of the institution's laboratories. Students actively participate in the technical aspects of their projects and the interpretation of experimental data.
- Clinical observations expose the students to various areas for future career decision-making.
- Students also are eligible to participate in a symposium near the end of the internships.
Eligibility & Requirements
- High school students must be 18 or older. They must be in good academic standing or graduating, and they must all have an official proof of enrollment.
- College students must be in good academic standing with an official proof of enrollment for the spring semester.
- MS1s must be medical students who have completed their first year of medical school with an official proof of enrollment for the spring semester that also states the student is not enrolled in summer courses.
Dates & Training Schedule
- DACCPM Summer Program 2024 will take place early June-August 31, 2024.
- MD Anderson's normal hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exact learning schedules are subject to the mentor’s needs and expectations. High school students and college students may choose 20-hour training weeks.
Students who have interest in a specific scientific research project should include this information in the Personal Statement area of the application. While we attempt to match students with mentors in accordance with declared interests, this is based on faculty availability and may not be feasible in all circumstances.
You may apply here starting November 27, 2024. Applications will be accepted through January 17, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Trainee applications will be reviewed and invitations to participate will be sent to selected applicants in order to give participants time to complete the Summer Research Experience trainee appointment process.
The database will allow applicants to fill out the Student Trainee Inquiry forms, and the following information will be required from all candidates invited to join the 2024 summer program:
- Personal information, including contact information and mailing address
- Official transcripts from high school, undergraduate universities, or medical schools
- Personal Statement
- CV or Resume
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Immunizations Compliance Report from Castle Branch
- Additional documents required by the institution
Applications must be completed and submitted before the above deadline. Incomplete applications will be purged after the deadline has passed.
If the information found here did not provide the answers you need, please contact the Program Coordinator.
DACCPM Summer Research Program Contacts
Program Coordinator, Education
Division of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
1400 Holcombe Blvd, Unit 409
Houston, TX 77030-4009