Four Directions Summer Research Program

Creating American Indian Leaders in Medicine 

* 2019 FDSRP APPLICATION IS NOW LIVE: CLICK HERE *

DEADLINE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST

The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is a unique summer research opportunity at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for undergraduate rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, and first-year medical students with a commitment to the health of Native American communities. The program recruits students from around the US into an eight-week mentored summer program. Students engage in a basic science or translational research project under the direction of a Harvard Medical School Faculty Mentor, culminating in a final project presentation.  Additional activities include Clinical Shadowing, Career Development Seminars and weekly Circle Ups. Upon completion of the program, students leave BWH and HMS with new skills, experiences and knowledge that can be used to empower themselves, their communities and future generations of Native peoples from all Four Directions.  

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  • To train the next generation of leaders in Indigenous Health Care through mentoring, networking and hands-on research experience.
  • To provide students with tools, information and opportunities on their journey to becoming physicians, researchers and public health professionals; as well as role models and teachers in the academic community.
  • To create an extensive network of health professionals dedicated to Indigenous Health Care that will serve as a venue for knowledge sharing, nationwide mentoring and advocacy. 
  • To cultivate students’ understanding and awareness of Native American health issues, and minority health issues more broadly. 

Features 

  • Eight week research experience: students submit an abstract of their summer research and share their research findings during a final research presentation day
  • Clinical shadowing experiences with BWH faculty
  • Weekly Circle Up discussion groups 
  • Professional Development Workshops on topics such as Professionalism, Presentation Interviewing and Medical School Admissions
  • Reflections Career Series with faculty and administrators in the health care field
  • Social Networking Events such as dinners with program staff and faculty
Support

  • Students are assigned a faculty mentor who will work closely with the student to ensure completion of a project over the eight-week summer period
  • Transportation to and from Boston
  • Housing for eight-week period
  • Living stipend for food and other expenses 
  • Select program meals
  • Access to cultural, educational & career development activities 

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications CANNOT BE SAVED. If you exit the application before clicking apply, any information you have entered will not be saved for editing. We recommend compiling your application in a separate document for editing, and then submitting your final application in the application portal. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Applications Close: Monday, February 4, 2019  at  11:59 PM EST
  • Decisions Announced: Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Program Dates for Undergraduates: Monday, June 10, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019 
  • Program Dates for First Year Medical Students: Monday, June 10, 2019 – Friday, August 2, 2019  

All 2019 FDSRP Required Supporting Materials must be received by our office by: Monday, February 4, 2019

Eligibility

The FDSRP Program seeks motivated students with a commitment to Native American and/or Minority Health and meet the following criteria: 

  • US citizen or non-citizen national with a permanent residence visa
  • Undergraduate rising sophomore, junior or senior, or first-year medical student
  • Can provide proof of health insurance coverage

How to Apply: Prepare & Submit Online Application 

IMPORTANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications CANNOT BE SAVED. If you exit the application before clicking apply, any information you have entered will not be saved for editing. We recommend compiling your application in a separate document for editing, and then submitting your final application in the application portal. 

            Write your answers to the Essay Questions – 

  • 1.) In 250 words or less, please describe your involvement in the Native American Community. Please be sure to include any hobbies, cultural activities or volunteer work that may demonstrate your contribution to the lives of Native People.
  • 2.) In 250 words or less, please describe your interest in medicine or biomedical research, including what your goals are and how you hope to benefit yourself and others in the Four Directions Summer Research Program.  
  • Choose a Photo (2in x 2in) – jpg less than 1MB 
  • Choose 2 Letters of Recommendation Writers and collect their contact information 
  • First Year Medical Students Only: 1 Letter of Good Standing
  • Complete online application and upload each of your essays and photo
  • Wait for application Confirmation Screen

Request your Required Supporting Materials and confirm they are to be received by our office by February 4, 2019

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (you must make these requests) 
  • 1 Letter of Good Standing (First-year medical students only) 

Acceptable Methods of Submission for Required Supporting Materials:

  • Email: fourdirections@partners.org (Letters of Recommendation may be emailed ONLY by the letter writer)
  • Physical Address: 

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Diversity & Inclusion
1620 Tremont Street 3-014
Boston, MA
02120

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