The Christie Scholars Program is a sought after summer Pediatric clinical and research opportunity for Vanderbilt and Meharry rising second year medical students. The program is designed to cultivate future pediatricians and encourage scholarship by combining pediatric clinical rotations with research projects. The program is named for Amos Christie, M.D. (1903-1986), professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics (1943-1968). He was a pediatrician, teacher, investigator, and humanitarian. He was the first physician to integrate Vanderbilt Hospital.
The 8 week program involves shadowing in pediatric acute care clinic, nursery, and adolescent care with electives. The flexible program is designed to coordinate with research activities. Vanderbilt will help students identify a research project. Previous students have said that the experience was “monumental” in their medical education, that it gave them a head-start in clinical exposure, priceless knowledge, and influenced their future.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time participating in the Amos Christie Scholar program”, says Brittany Brown, MMC SOMII. “This program has given me an insightful look into the many different types of pediatric specialties allowing me to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom into clinical practice. The shadowing experience has given me an opportunity to observe and discuss cases that I will probably encounter again in the future, giving me a head start in my clinical experience.”
Anza Stanley is also a Meharry second year student. She had this to say about the program. “The Christie Scholars Program has enabled me the opportunity to gain a hands-on experience in the various aspects of pediatric healthcare, from birth to adolescence. It has also given me insight into clinical research and its impact on the improvement of healthcare. The Christie Scholars Program has truly been a blessing in my life by providing insight into the specialty of medicine (pediatrics) that I wish to utilize my gift and apply my school’s motto, “Worship of God Through Service of Mankind.”
- Limited Opportunity, so get busy now if you are interested
- Stipended Opportunity
- 8 Week commitment
Send 1 page personal statement, CV, and research interests to Trish.Nielsen@vanderbilt.edu
Be sure your personal statement describes why you want to do the project and your research interests.