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National Institutes of Health

The Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) is a year-long program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical and dental students to the intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Participants, known as fellows, spend a year engaged in a mentored clinical or translational research project in an area that matches their personal interests and goals.

An individualized program is developed for fellows, who attend clinics, see patients on the wards, and work with a principal investigator in our laboratories on selected clinical research projects. Fellows learn about translational research, that first step from the bench to the bedside and back to the bench; they attend lectures on clinical research; and they participate in an interactive, group learning experience with the members of the class and leading NIH physicians and scientists.

Fellows can remain at NIH for a second year, depending on support of the sponsoring NIH institute, availability of funds, and permission from the student's home institution.

The intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health is situated on 317 acres in Bethesda, Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, DC. Over 50 buildings are dedicated to the biomedical research enterprise. The NIH Clinical Center is a 240-bed tertiary care hospital—the largest in the world devoted exclusively to the care of patients on active clinical research protocols and home to inpatient units, day hospitals, and research laboratories. The Clinical Center provides the ideal environment for advancing clinical science as well as providing compassionate and healing patient-care. There are over 1,200 active research protocols at any given time.

The emphasis of the academic components of CRTP, in addition to the mentored clinical research experience in clinics and laboratories, is on interactive, small-group learning. Fellows collaborate closely with one another and with leading clinical investigators on the intramural NIH campus.

School name:National Institutes of Health
Address:Building 2, Room 2E06, 2 Center Drive MSC 0240
Zip & city:20892-0240 Maryland
Phone:(301) 496-2427

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