We live in a remarkable age of scientific discovery. The promise of biomedical research has never been greater and the potential to advance human health in unimaginable ways is real. Envision a time when:
• Minimally invasive procedures preempt heart disease.
• Individually-tailored cancer treatments are based on the precise genetics of a person's tumor.
• New medications, vaccines and diagnostics unite to conquer a wide range of diseases.
To prepare for a future of good health, we must invest in a robust, innovative training program for our most outstanding students.
The Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) - a one-year research training program - is such an initiative. Launched in 2012, the MRSP provides intensive training for medical, dental and veterinary students at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.
The goal is simple: to train the most promising medical students in research so that they can help resolve clinical problems by understanding their biological underpinnings and, conversely, by translating basic research into clinical interventions.
Building on more than 25 years of experience providing exceptional young people with the knowledge and skills that will help them solve important health problems, this program will prepare an anticipated 70 future medical scientists each year. At NIH, Scholars embark on a journey of discovery and innovation. They are empowered to think creatively. They are inspired to pursue careers by experienced and recognized scientific leaders on the frontiers of new thinking and knowledge. Above all, they are equipped with the necessary tools to turn promising research into life-changing interventions.