Application Deadline: February 1, 2018
Clinical pharmacology is the science of developing and using drugs in the treatment of patients. It is underpinned by the basic science of pharmacology, with added focus on the application of pharmacological principles and methods in the real world. It has a broad scope, from the discovery of new target molecules to the effects of drug use in whole populations.
Clinical pharmacology connects the gap between medical practice and laboratory science. The clinical pharmacologist promotes the safety of prescriptions, maximizes the drug effects and minimizes the side effects. It is important that clinical pharmacologists interact with pharmacists who have special skill in the areas of drug information, medication safety and other aspects of pharmacy practice related to clinical pharmacology.
Clinical pharmacologists usually have a rigorous medical and scientific training which enables them to evaluate evidence and produce new data through well-designed studies. Clinical pharmacologists must have access to enough outpatients for clinical care, teaching and education, and research in collaboration with other medical sub-specialists. Their responsibilities to patients include, but are not limited to analyzing adverse drug effects, therapeutics, and toxicology including reproductive toxicology, cardiovascular risks, perioperative drug management, and psychopharmacology.
• To generate interest in research careers in pharmacology, including clinical pharmacology, among medical and dental students.
• To enable medical or dental students who have substantial interests in research and teaching careers in pharmacology/clinical pharmacology to pursue a specific research effort within a pharmacology or clinical pharmacology unit.
Eligibility & Requirements
• Students who are not already in a training sequence leading to a research career or students already in an M.D./Ph.D. program for whom additional financial support is appropriate are both eligible to apply.
• Awards will not be made to a student in a M.D./Ph.D. program who is entering the last 2 years of medical school.
• The commitment must be full-time.
• Depending on the medical school curriculum and length of the fellowship, the student will usually have to interrupt his or her scholastic training to fulfill the full-time requirement of the program.
• A candidate must be enrolled in a US medical/dental school and have finished at least one year of the school curriculum. Priority consideration will be given to those candidates who project strong commitments to careers in the field of clinical pharmacology.
• The applicant must be sponsored by the pharmacology or clinical pharmacology program in which the investigative project is to be undertaken.
• The sponsoring unit must have a demonstrated commitment to training in the fields of pharmacology or clinical pharmacology. As clinical pharmacology is a part of the broad field of pharmacology, the specific research project conducted during the tenure of the fellowship may be in any area of pharmacology.
• All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Award Description & Funding
• Fellowships are available for a minimum period of 6 months or any period of time up to 24 months with a maximum stipend of $18,000.
• Awards will begin on July 1, 2018.
• The program offers funding of up to $1,500 per month which may be used towards stipend, tuition or affiliated fees for the fellow.
• The award will be made to the institution on behalf of the fellow.
• These funds may not be used for indirect costs to the university and are not transferable.
Medical Student Fellowship Application Components
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or biosketch
3. Research abstract
An abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
4. Research plan
A description of the proposed research, including the background, aims, methods, significance and facilities available. This description should be relatively direct, should include only the most pertinent references, and should focus primarily on the aspect of the program of research in which the applicant will be involved. The other principals involved in the project and their time allocated to the project must also be listed. Please type, single-space, type size 12 point or larger and number pages. This portion should be no more than 5 pages not including bibliography. For clarity, if abbreviations or initials are used in the plan, the first use of the abbreviation or initials should be followed by the full name or explanation.
The candidate must state how the fellowship will assist them in making a choice on the type of career in pharmacology or clinical pharmacology they will pursue. This plan should outline the chronology of the student’s medical/dental education indicating exactly where in the process from matriculation to graduation the fellowship falls. Please state how this award will affect your career in the future.
5. Medical School Dean’s information including an email address and letter of recommendation
6. Unit Head’s information including an email address and letter of recommendation
A letter from the head of the unit in which the project is to be undertaken should indicate that the facilities, the equipment and the supplies necessary to carry out the proposed research will be available to the student. The role of the student should be clearly defined.
7. Sponsor or Supervisor’s information including an email address and CV or biosketch
The Sponsor should provide a letter of recommendation and state his relation to the project..
A description of the proposed research, including the background, aims, methods, significance and facilities available. This description should be relatively direct, should include only the most pertinent references, and should focus primarily on the aspect of the program of research in which
8. Information and letters of reference from up to 2 other individuals familiar with your scientific career.
9. Funding – list any additional funding this project is receiving
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application system will request contact information, including an email address, for your references. These individuals will receive a prompt from the application system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application. Third party reference letters should be uploaded to the application no later than February 15, 2018.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.
The 2018 Clinical Pharmacology brochure will be available later this year.