Program description

The CVP program aims to:

  • Provide a unique opportunity to understand the heart and lungs as an integrated system.
  • Utilize this system to demonstrate how a multidisciplinary approach is effective in solving questions related to pathophysiology, in developing new diagnostic tools and in designing novel and selective treatments.
  • Show how translational research is stimulated by a clinical problem but often results from basic observations in the laboratory.
  • Teach the art and rigor of study design in clinical trials and clinical epidemiological studies.
  • Provide the background to critically evaluate clinical and basic scientific literature
  • Provide the opportunity for medical students to work side by side with graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to investigate disease through basic and clinical scientific approaches

Program requirements:

Students choosing the CVP Application Area are required to develop (with their mentor) a proposal for scholarly work, or original research.

Students interested in performing research are required to complete the research over 4-6 quarters and highly encouraged to apply for the iHEART research award (http://cvi.stanford.edu/research/i-heart-research-award.html), which provides tuition support.

Scholarly work could include writing a review article (to be approved by the Directors of the Application). Students should complete the work over 3 quarters, and submit a manuscript for publication, or for review by the CVP Directors. 

Students choosing to perform original research are required to complete the research over 4-6 quarters. Clinical, translational or basic research may be chosen.

CVP Students are required to attend 2 quarters (3 credits) of MED223, "Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sciences Journal Club".

Evaluation

Original research: The mentor, together with the CVP Application Directors or designated co-mentors, will meet with student's on a bi-annual basis to review progress. Students are expected to prepare a brief report summarizing their progress.

Scholarly project: The mentor, together with the CVP Application Directors or designated co-mentors, will meet with students on a bi-annual basis to review progress. For each review, students will be expected to prepare a brief report. For successful completion, the scholarly work must be submitted to the Directors for review.

Degree Offered for Research Option:

If a student is interested in expanding their research project and coursework to a Masters or PhD degree, we will work with the student, the mentor and the appropriate department to facilitate this. For those choosing to pursue a Masters or PhD degree, the student will be required to fulfill the specific requirements of the degree granting department.