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research activities at pennThe 2015 Harrison Surgical Scholar Program was established to provide a clinical research experience for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in pursuing an academic career in medicine. This is a one year funded program which intends to expose the student to all aspects of clinical surgical research. Harrison Surgical Scholars will work closely with a surgical research team or individual surgeon to assist in ongoing and/or new clinical research investigations. Activities will include attending research meetings, collecting clinical data to populate database, performing literature searches, and presenting regular progress and summary reports related to the clinical research assignments. Students will also learn about Institutional Review Board (IRB) submissions, human subject research guidelines and other regulatory requirements. Depending on the clinical group, the individual may also have exposure to clinical practice.

Selection Process:  
  Application Deadline February 15, 2015.
  Selected participants will be notified of the available position by May 1, 2015.
Questions Contact: Steve Mervis

The Harrison Surgical Scholar is expected to complete at least one independent project that is developed with the research mentor and submitted for presentation in a national meeting. The participant will be encouraged to assist or take the lead in writing a manuscript of his/her research project. it is also expected that the Harrison Surgical Scholar will participate in the writing of other scholarly manuscripts or reviews that are done with his/her research mentor, as well as take part in other research projects that are ongoing within the surgical group.

Current Harrison Surgical Scholars are doing research in the Divisions of Cardiovascular Surgery, Transplant Surgery, and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Scholar positions are offered starting July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016. The students will receive a competitive stipend for the one year program.

Applicants are required to complete the application below and send your resume and one letter of recommendation to Steve Mervis.

Harrison Surgical Scholar Application
First Name
Last Name
Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy)
School Address
Home Address
Email Address
Mobile Phone
Emergency Contact Name
Emergency Contact Phone

Academic Information
Undergraduate School
SAT Scores
College GPA
Year in School
Major (if declared)
Prior Research Experience
Please write a short personal statement about yourself, your background, and your career interests in medicine and science. Tell us about your personal strengths and what you hope to gain from participation in the scholars program. (Limit of 500 words)



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