Program trains tomorrow’s doctors and researchers

Application deadline is Dec. 1


The Akron Children’s Hospital Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute is accepting applications through Dec. 1 for its 2012 Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program.

The class of 2011 included 16 students from college campuses in Ohio and surrounding states. Under the guidance of researchers from the department of Pediatrics, they conducted clinical research and process improvement projects throughout the Akron Children’s system with additional support from research institute professionals.

“This program exposes students to experiences that help them decide whether they have the passion to pursue a medical or research career,” said Robert T. Stone, MD, associate chair for community relations at Akron Children’s. “From our perspective, their mentors are often amazed by the quality of work these students accomplish in their brief time with us. Some past students have even published their study results or presented abstracts at medical conferences.”

Dr. Stone, along with Anand Kantak, MD, director of Neonatology, founded the program six years ago.

“The SPRS program has shown improvement every year as we learn how to maximum the students’ time and improve the quality of their projects,” Dr. Kantak said. “The real key to the program lies in the dedication of the mentors who develop strong professional relationships with the students.”

Get a first-hand look at the experience of Alyssa Pupino, a nutrition major from The Ohio State University and one of the 2011 scholars.

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Are you interested in being a doctor or researcher? Apply for summer scholars program by Dec. 1

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