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Center For Health Disparities Research

Summer Heatlh Professionals Program

Summer Health Professionals Program (SHP)
MUSC Short Term Research for Health Professional Students
T35  DK007431-26 (09012151) 
Sponsor: NIH/NIDDK 

Introduction

MUSC’s Short Term Research Training for Health Professional Students is a National Institute of
Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) sponsored program, for medical students
and students in other health professions in areas that fall within the broad spectrum of the NIDDK
mission areas, including diabetes, metabolic diseases, endocrine disorders, as well as the biology
and pathophysiology of kidney, digestive, urologic and hematologic diseases. The Principal
Investigator for this project is Dr. Leonard Egede, professor of Medicine and director of MUSC’s
Center for Health Disparities Research.

Program Structure

This program provides a 10-12 week research project under the supervision of an established
investigator, accompanied by a set of structured enrichment activities and exposes students and
other health professionals to a diverse array of expertise, strategies, technologies and questions
that underlie many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.

Purpose

The aim of the Short Term Research Training for Health Professional Students program is to:
1. Attract talented and motivated medical students and other health professionals into careers in
biomedical research in areas related to the NIDDK mission.
2. Encourage increased awareness of research methods and results as a fundamental skill in the
practice of medicine, with special emphasis on how to translate research into practice through
didactic instruction and first hand experience of procedures and technologies used in translational
research.
3. Stimulate further interaction between research programs and clinical services, especially with
regard to diseases that disproportionately affect the large African American population served by
MUSC, e.g., diabetes, macrovascular disease, renal disease, hypertension, atherosclerosis, lipid
disorders, obesity.
4. Provide forum where accomplished investigators can act as role models by sharing their enthusiasm 
and biomedical research expertise with medical and other health professional students interested in the
broad spectrum of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and lipid abnormalities, as well as cardiovascular,
digestive and renal complications.

Eligibility

Interested applicants must be currently enrolled as a medical student or a student in other health
professions with focused interest in areas that fall within the broad spectrum of the NIDDK mission
areas. This includes diabetes, metabolic diseases, endocrine disorders, as well as the biology and
pathophysiology of kidney, digestive, urologic and hematologic diseases. 


Participating Faculty
 (pdf)

Summary of Research Interest of Participating Faculty (pdf)

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Contact Information  

The Center for Health Disparities Research

Brittany L. Smalls, MHA
Program Coordinator
Phone:   843-876-0698 
E-mail: smallsbr@musc.edu

Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS
Principal Investigator
Director/Professor of Medicine
E-mail: 
  egedel@musc.edu

MUSC Graduate Studies

Stephanie Brown-Guion, MSM
Student Services Program Coordinator, II
Phone:   843-876-2408
E-mail: 
  browngu@musc.edu

Karla Locklear
Business/Administrative Manager
Phone:   792-4345
E-mail: 
  locklear@musc.edu



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