Western Reserve Hospital Research Fellowship 

This is a 6-week Research Fellowship for students who have completed their first year of medical school. Research fellows will begin by completing several modules for a broad understanding of research concepts such as human subject protections, laws and ethics, and research methods. Fellows will attend various meetings relating to research, quality, healthcare administration, and safety. Interested fellows will also be able to sit in on a cancer conference and morbidity & mortality committee.

Fellows will be asked to participate in ongoing research projects in various capacities. They may be asked to conduct literature reviews or participate in data collection with the potential to form and execute an original research study. Fellows will work closely with the research coordinator, research committee members, medical staff, faculty, and residents. Fellows will receive the resources they need to get the most out of the six-week fellowship.

Knowledge gained throughout the fellowship may include an understanding of research policies and procedures, protocol development, data collection, data analysis, the IRB submission process, and the process for manuscript development and publication. Fellows will also have the opportunity to shadow faculty and residents based on their areas of interest.


  • Successful completion of MS 1 (first-year medical school) with an accredited medical school (Students must be between MS1 and MS2 year)

  • Strong interest in healthcare research at a community hospital

  • Ability to provide documentation of required immunizations (MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B) and a negative TB test within five years.


  • Application Deadline: March 1 

  • Selection/Notification: Match Day (mid-March)

  • Program Dates: First Monday in May - Second Friday in June (flexible with prior approval)

  • Hours: Full-time working hours (8-hour work days; 5 days per week) 

  • Stipend provided

  • Preceptors:

    • Nealie D'Abate, DHSc, MHSA

    • Aimee G. DeWitt, CCRP