The ability of Summa Health System to provide quality patient care is strongly linked to its medical education and research programs. In conjunction with this mission, the Office of Research Administration sponsors research opportunities that provide students a meaningful summer experience with hands-on medical research training. The projects are developed to offer a beneficial and educational experience in Basic (laboratory-based) Biomedical Research, Clinical Research and Behavioral Research. Many students who have been awarded this Fellowship have advanced in their careers and have become residents at Summa Health System, thus continuing the cycle of excellence in medical education and research.
A “Call for Applications” goes out each year in the beginning of February, with a deadline date of mid-March. The Summer Research Fellowship Program is open to all graduate, under-graduate and medical students. The number of available positions is limited, resulting in a very competitive selection process. The program consists of a paid 240-hour (approximately six weeks) fellowship with a flexible schedule. Students will be hired as part-time employees and have the opportunity to work beginning mid-May. Housing and food are not included. Coordination of the program continues year round.
Each Summer Fellow is expected to present a poster related to their Summer Fellowship research to the Summa research community. This “Poster Day” takes place at the Community of Research (COR) meeting, which is usually held in late July. The “Poster Day” event has been a successful culmination of the students' experience and is well attended.