Physician-Scientists in the Making

June 5 2012

Seventy Medical Students Take a Year-Long Plunge into Lab Work
     Howard Hughes Medical Institute (May 14 2012)

Why would medical school students add an extra year of studies to their already-grueling regimen? To question "Why," of course.

Each year since 1989, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has funded a year-long Medical Research Fellows program, with more than 1,400 participants to-date. In the words of HHMI's VP for science education, “A year spent focused on research has been transformative for many fellows, and shaped their interest and determination to become physician-scientists.”

When I was still a food chemist researcher, I recall the words of the company's VP (not a scientist) in speaking to us at a dinner celebrating the launch of a new product. He told us that, as researchers, we had more potential impact than Albert Schweitzer did.

That jolted us awake!

He explained: a lone doctor, ministering to patients in the jungle, can only serve a finite number of people. As researchers, our discoveries had the potential to serve a nearly unlimited number of people. "Food" for thought. And kudos to HHMI for paving the way to scientific breakthroughs.

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Category: May 2012
Topics: Advanced Education, Philanthropy