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

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

The 2018 Harvard Catalyst VRIP application process is now closed.

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2017 VRIP Student Interns | June 5 – July 28, 2017

Olajumoke Akinsulire, Brown University Alpert Medical School
Mentors: Camilia Martin, MD, MS, and Steven Freedman, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Martin-Freedman Lab**

Ariel Figueroa, New York Medical College
Mentor: Sylvia Rosas, MD, Joslin Diabetes Center, Rosas Lab**

Barbara Jones, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Mentors: Dennis P. Orgill, MD, PhD, and Giorgio Giatsidis, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Tissue Engineering and Wound Healing Laboratory*

Rasheed Nawaz, Howard University College of Medicine
Mentor: Raymond Huang, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Neuroradiology**

Hemali Panchal, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
Mentor: Alexander Lin, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Center for Clinical Spectroscopy**

Darrick Potter, Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
Mentor: Ronilda Lacson, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Center for Evidence Based Imaging**

* indicates returning mentor
** indicates multi-year mentor