Who doesn’t have a semester filled with lab coats, pipettes, statistical explorations, and a world-class scientific environment on the top of their wish-list? Well, probably not the majority, but for some of the top talented Danish med students, the wish might now come true.
Clinical research training for rising stars in the life sciences received a significant boost earlier this month, with the start of the Lundbeck Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Program—a partnership between leading medical centers in Denmark and the US and Innovation Center Denmark.
Based on an established mentorship model, the program gives Danish medical students international exposure, comprehensive clinical research training, and a highly supportive infrastructure to launch their career in medical research.
Statistics, tutoring, and lab work
One of the only programs of its kind worldwide offering formalized clinical research training for Danish medical students, the collaboration brings students from prominent medical schools (University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, and the University of Southern Denmark) to San Francisco, where they are closely mentored by internationally recognized clinical researchers at the finest Med Schools in the Bay Area.
Renowned for extensive patient registries, cohorts, and population-based studies, the participating Danish institutions are ideal partners to help further advance the three California centers’ broad portfolio of cutting edge basic and clinical research.
During the program, each fellow completes one or more closely mentored clinical research projects and receives small-group teaching in research ethics, clinical study design, biostatistics, epidemiology, research presentation, and manuscript writing, and submits a first-author manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal.
Few programs of this kind exist with a validated program infrastructure and mentor program that allows the students to ‘hit the ground running’.
While the Danish students benefit from working in an international setting, mentors in Denmark and California medical centers are inspired by the passion and new ideas that students bring to their work. Often, the fellows help form valuable, lasting global collaborations, as evidenced by international grant applications to the National Institutes of Health and European Union funding agencies.
It is expected that the first 6-10 of the stellar Danish students will be in the Bay Area top Med Schools from the summer of 2015 following a rigorous applications process.