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Summer Medical Student Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Student Internship Program introduces medical students to interventional radiology research and medical device development. 

2019 Summer Medical Student Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Student Internship Program introduces medical students early in their studies to interventional radiology research and medical device development. The internships are for highly motivated medical students who seek to acquire a fundamental understanding of research methods as they relate to vascular and interventional radiology.

2019 IR Internship Sites:

Children's National Medical Center / George Washington University

Cleveland Clinic

Johns Hopkins University

Medical College of Wisconsin

University of Illinois at Chicago

2019 Corporate Host Sites:

Becton Dickinson


Current Interns (2019):

Becton Dickinson with Alex Tessmer and JD Meler, MD:

  • Bishoy Ghobryal, University of Rochester
  • Charissa Kim, PhD, McGovern Medical School at UT Health

Children's National Medical Center/George Washington University with Karun Sharma, MD, PhD, FSIR:

  • Christopher Gallo, Duke University School of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic with Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR:

  • Caleb Heiberger, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University with Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR:

  • Varun Danda, Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Medical College of Wisconsin with Sarah B. White, MD, MS, FSIR:

  • Matthew Steritz, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

University of Illinois at Chicago with Ron C. Gaba, MD, FSIR:

  •  Sakshum Chadha, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

 

Past Interns (2018):

Becton Dickinson with Mike Randall, BSME, MBA and JD Meler, MD:

  • Anouva Kalra-Lall, Case Western Reserve University
  • Scott Shuldiner, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic with Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR:

  • Anthony Osifuye, University of Minnesota Medical School

Johns Hopkins University with Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR:

  • John Filtes, SUNY Downstate

MD Anderson Cancer Center with Erik N.K. Cressman, MD, PhD, FSIR, and Richard Bouchard, PhD:

  • Michael Spors, Indiana University School of Medicine

UCLA Health with Edward Wolfgang Lee, MD, PhD, FSIR:

  • Damian Hall, University of Minnesota Medical School

The University of Illinois at Chicago with Ron C. Gaba, MD, FSIR:

  • Francesca LoBianco, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Yale School of Medicine with Kevin S. Kim, MD, FSIR:

  • William Kamp, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Medical students: Apply now for summer 2020

Students applying for the program must show strong potential for a career in IR with proven academic success. Selected students will have an opportunity to intern with an interventional radiologist research mentor host or a corporate research and development mentor host during the summer. Medical students interested in applying to the upcoming 2020 summer internship period, must submit the following:

1. The application document

2. A letter of recommendation

The application will be considered incomplete until SIR Foundation receives a letter of recommendation from one of the following members of the applicant's faculty:

  • Director of the radiology residency program
  • Director of the IR fellowship
  • An interventional radiologist on the faculty

Complete applications must be submitted by Dec. 14, 2019. Please read the guidelines document for more information and submit your final application here.

For questions regarding the application, please email Sara Myers.

If you are a corporate or IR academic host site interested in participating in the 2020 program, please apply by Sep. 15, 2019. 

For corporate host sites: Please review the guidelines and apply here.

For IR host sites: Please review the guidelines and apply here.

Follow their experiences

Throughout the summer on Fridays, medical students participating in the internship program are sharing their experiences by taking over SIR's Instagram account. Visit SIR's Instagram for a day in the life of the summer interns.

Summer research at Bard Peripheral Vascular

Summer research at Bard Peripheral Vascular

“The SIR Foundation internship with BARD PV was an incredible and unique opportunity to learn the fundamentals of device design and the integral role that industry plays within our profession. Working with Mike Randall and his fabulous team to find new ideas, explore possible solutions, to visit the FDA, and to investigate a particular market size were all unique opportunities that I would not ever have been exposed to without this internship. I feel that I now have the tools to evaluate the need for devices in a clinical scenario, and how to properly assess and convey my ideas. Working with BARD was exciting, engaging, and I hope that many more people seize this special opportunity to see the other side of medical devices!” - Erica Emmons, University of Colorado School of Medicine, medical student intern with mentors Mike Randall, BSME, MBA, and JD Meler, MD

Lauren's experience at UCLA

 Shreve UCLA

“My summer spent at UCLA IR was an absolutely incredible experience. I had the opportunity to learn about and participate in a multitude of IR case types, as well as contribute to cutting-edge IR research. The entire faculty and staff at UCLA were welcoming, kind, and truly made me feel part of the extraordinary program they have built there. Dr. Lee was a fantastic mentor. He was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and encouraging in all aspects of the internship. He has continued to be a tremendous support and remarkable mentor in the field of IR. I could not have asked for a better experience and would highly recommend the summer internship to any medical student interested in IR.” - Lauren Shreve, UC Irvine School of Medicine & UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business, with mentor Edward W. Lee, MD, PhD, FSIR