The Medical Research Fellows Program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a year of basic, translational, or applied biomedical research. Medical Fellows experience the excitement and intellectual rewards of research before making plans for residency or postgraduate training. The students select their own mentor at any academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States (excluding the National Institutes of Health or any other federal agency) or abroad, provided the proposed mentor is affiliated with a U.S. fellowship institution, and work with the mentor to develop a research proposal. Mentor selection and the research project proposal are key components of the application. Working with an HHMI investigator, early career scientist, or HHMI professor is encouraged but not required.
Medical Fellows conducting research in the following areas may be supported by organizations partnering with HHMI:
- Epilepsy research (Partner: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy);
- Inherited retinal degenerative disease research (Partner: Foundation Fighting Blindness);
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy research (Partner: Duchenne Research Fund);
- Orthopaedic research (Partner: Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation);
- Parkinson's disease research (Partner: Parkinson's Disease Foundation);
- Preclinical research in interventional radiology (Partner: Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation); and
- Veterinary student research (Partner: Burroughs Wellcome Fund).
HHMI Medical Fellows will:
- focus on research without the distraction of full-time coursework;
- become part of a community of Medical Fellows through regional meetings and other events;
- gain insight into a wide range of research areas and receive career advice from program alumni and other prominent physician-scientists;
- interact with HHMI investigators at an HHMI science meeting and learn about their latest findings;
- share their research and network with other trainees and renowned biomedical investigators at two Medical Fellows conferences during the year;
- participate in scientific conferences in their field and present their work;
- spend a year evaluating whether research should be part of their career.
"Since first applying for an HHMI fellowship more than 10 years ago, I've believed that the hybrid position offers unique and rewarding opportunities…The patients in my clinical program motivate me to research the mechanisms of brain-tumor development, and my laboratory research addresses basic questions about the human brain and brain tumors."
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD
HHMI Medical Fellow, 1997-98
HHMI Physician-Scientist Early Career Awardee, 2006