The Sarnoff Fellowship Program, which is now in its 27th year, is becoming increasingly popular among medical school students in the United States. The Program is designed to give medical students the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory located at an institution other than the medical school in which they are enrolled.
Medical students enrolled in any accredited medical school within the United States may apply for a Fellowship award. Fellows generally have completed their second or third year of medical school. Fellows are chosen by the Foundation's Scientific Committee each year on the basis of a national competition. In selecting Fellows, the Scientific Committee seeks individuals with demonstrated intellectual and academic achievement and leadership ability. The Sarnoff Foundation funds up to eighteen Fellows a year.
During the year spent in the laboratory, it is expected that each student Fellow will undertake his/her own research project and assume responsibility for it from its inception to its completion. Each Fellow is expected, with guidance, to develop the hypothesis and specific aims of the project, to participate in the experimental design, to carry out appropriate experiments, to interpret the data with the help of his/her preceptor and to prepare an original manuscript for submission to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. It is also expected that each student will present his/her results at the Sarnoff Foundation's Annual Scientific Meeting as well as at appropriate national meetings.
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