Center For Health Disparities Research
Summer Heatlh Professionals Program
Summer Health Professionals Program (SHP)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The Center for Health Disparities Research
Brittany L. Smalls, MHA
Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS
MUSC Graduate Studies
Stephanie Brown-Guion, MSM