Year Out Research: NIH MRSP Program Spotlight

October 5, 2016

The NIH Medical Research Scholars program is one of the year-out opportunities available to you outside of Vanderbilt funds. The MRSP is a yearlong research training program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. The program is designed for rising fourth-year students (initial clinical rotations completed), but does not exclude second year students in medical school who have strong research interests from applying. While taking a year out from medical school can present many challenges for both the student and the school, the opportunities offered by the MRSP are truly phenomenal and make the challenges worthwhile.

During the year, students engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests, and research and career goals. Their research experiences are supplemented by academic activities featuring lectures by world-renowned scientists, clinical rounds featuring research patients from the NIH Clinical Center, and an interactive Journal Club addressing major issues in clinical research.

Applications are being accepted now, and the deadline for complete applications is January 15, 2017.  

If you have any questions or would like additional information about the MRSP, contact the NIH at The website is as follows: