Visiting Research Internship Program VRIP 2019
Visiting Research Internship Program VRIP 2018

Program for Medical Students: Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)


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The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students' interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers.

In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, and career paths. Participants also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.


Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals, in good standing from accredited U.S. medical schools. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

Program Details and How to Apply

2020 application process is now open.

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2019 VRIP Student Interns | June 3 – July 26, 2019

Daniela Del Campo, Boston University School of Medicine
Mentor: Michael Super, PhD, MSc, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Salma El-Behaedi Essam, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Mentor: Mark Bustoros, MD (Irene Ghobrial, MD - PI), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Alejandro Sarabia Gonzalez, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso
Mentor: Senthil K. Muthuswamy, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Darlington Pobee, Morehouse School of Medicine
Mentor: Meena Nathan, MD, MPH, Boston Children's Hospital

Ross O'Hagan, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Mentor: Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ryan Toledo, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Mentor: Carmen Priolo, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital