The Common Fund previously supported the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, a 12-month residential program to provide training for the next generation of clinician-scientists to learn about translational research, from the bench to the bedside, and back to the bench. The program was designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical and dental students, called fellows, to the intramural campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The fellows could then become engaged in a mentored clinical or translational research project in an area that could match their personal research interests and goals.
Perspective: The Role of the NIH in Nurturing Clinician-Scientists.
Read an article by Michael M. Gottesman, M.D. in the New England Journal of Medicine discussing this topic here
The NIH Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) and Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) have transitioned from Common Fund support. Common Fund programs are strategic investments that aim to achieve a set of high-impact goals within a 5-10 year timeframe. At the conclusion of each program, deliverables will transition to other sources of support or use within the scientific community.
The programs were supported by the Common Fund from Fiscal Year 2004 to Fiscal Year 2014. Currently, the program is administered by the NIH Clinical Center.
Highlights of the programs’ major accomplishments during its time as a Common Fund Program:
- Continued NIH support to develop and sustain the pipeline of clinician-scientists highlights the success of the program and an effective transition from the Common Fund for sustained NIH support.
- Over 60% of alumni analyzed report spending at least some of their professional time conducting research.
- Several alumni have gone on to receive additional degrees and have become NIH supported.
- The vast majority of alumni publish peer-reviewed journal articles based on research conducted both during the program and from research conducted after participation in the program.
Please note that since the MRSP/CRTP program is no longer supported by the Common Fund, the program website is being maintained as an archive and will not be updated on a regular basis.
NIH Clinical Center on the NIH Bethesda, MD campus