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LONG RUNNING NIH GRANT PLAYS CRUCIAL ROLE IN ATTRACTING MEDICAL STUDENTS TO BIOMEDICAL CAREERS
Memphis, Tennessee (May 26, 2005) – One of the longest running National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants ever awarded to University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) researchers has just been renewed for another five years, for a total of 30 years.
S. Solomon, MD, UTHSC professor of medicine and pharmacology and chief of
endocrinology & metabolism at the
program provides stipends for a minimum of 24 medical student research fellows
per year to participate in research projects for two to three months during the
summer vacation,” explained Stephen Tom, director of research for the UTHSC
College of Medicine, who administers the grant. “There has been a decline in
the number of physician-scientists in the
“It’s a challenge to attract new physicians to medical research because they come out of medical school with so much debt and are anxious to begin their practice so they can start paying it off,” noted Dr. Solomon. “Genius shows itself everywhere on our campus. The grant gives us an opportunity to tap individual talent so budding researchers sample both research and academic life. Some will get caught up in it enough to want to do research and pursue an academic career.”
According to an article by Dr. Solomon and Tom, published in the “Journal of Investigative Medicine” that was based on research of 1,000 medical students participating in the MSFP program, the program plays a critical role in interesting students in research and academic careers.
Dr. Solomon first applied for the MSFP grant in 1979. “After the initial application, only 11 medical schools out of 126 were funded, and UTHSC was one of them. We’ve been able to keep the grant for such a long time because our students and faculty are that good,” said Dr. Solomon.
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