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UW School of Medicine III Requirement

MSRTP (Selective 1)

(***Note: information on this page is effective for the 2016-2017 Academic Year and will be updated for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.)

The Medical Student Research Training Program (MSRTP) is a specific type of Selective 1 for students enrolled at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Students participate in a full-time, 10-week summer research project between their first and second years under the supervision of a faculty mentor (a UWSOM faculty member with an Assistant Professor, Associate professor, or Professor academic level appointment). There is a competitive application and approval process governed by a selection committee. Participating students are expected, but not required, to present their work at the School’s annual poster session (held at WWAMI regional sites) in October/November of their second year, and submit a final paper in standard scientific format. Many students go on to submit their papers for publication.

Projects fall into one of the following categories: laboratory-based research, clinical or health services, or international health. Students may either a) seek out a mentor and project independently, or b) choose from a list of available projects submitted by UW faculty and announced to students in early November.

The MSRTP application includes details, guidelines, and requirements of the program, as well as the form to complete and submit to Curriculum. Please pay close attention to Institutional Review Board (IRB) guidance and instructions. Your faculty mentor must provide a support statement and sign the application. Be sure to allow enough time to complete all components of the application before the due date. The application is due in early January, so be aware that many faculty are away from the office and unavailable over the winter break.

The MSRTP project timeline is outlined below (for students matriculating in autumn 2017). It’s important to closely monitor deadlines for each step in the process, as extensions are rarely granted.

November 9 Faculty Abstracts released to students via an email announcement.
November 27 Deadline for students to email interest statement (including applicable experience and CV) to faculty.
December 3 Deadline for faculty to offer candidates phone interviews.
December 10 Deadline for faculty to notify students selected for research projects.
December 13 Deadline for students to accept/reject faculty offer. If this deadline is missed, the faculty sponsor may make an offer to another student.
January 10 MSRTP applications due. Student submits application including faculty statement and signature. Must be received by January 10.
February 19-23 Students and sponsors (faculty mentors) notified of MSRTP Selection Committee decisions.
February 28 MSRTP student commitment date.
May — June Stipend funds distributed to accepted students.
June — August Students conduct MSRTP projects over 10-week timeframe.
Early August Project progress reports due (one to two paragraphs summarizing status of projects).
Autumn Students present posters at the poster sessions held throughout the WWAMI sites (expected but not required).
March 15 Final paper and faculty sponsor evaluation due.

Links to MSRTP materials:

Questions? Please contact Curriculum.