NIH Training

The National Institutes of Health offers an extensive range of clinical research training to help prepare the next generation of clinician-scientists. Brief descriptions of the programs offered are below. With NIH being largest biomedical research agency in the world, we encourage future clinician-scientists and medical researchers to consider adding an NIH experience to their portfolio.

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Medical Research Scholars Program

A comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract the most creative, research-oriented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD..


Graduate Medical Education

NIH currently sponsor 17 medical specialty or subspecialty programs which have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We also jointly sponsor clinical training programs with extramural training partners, including Johns Hopkins, University of Maryland, and the National Capital Consortium. And we sponsor numerous “one of kind” translational medicine fellowship training programs


Clinical Elective Programs

Short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented rotations for senior medical and dental students; unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD).


Resident Elective Programs

Provides an experience with direct care of patients enrolled in investigational protocols. Participants will have, in addition to patient care responsibilities, exposure to the design, conduct, and management of investigational protocols, including clinical trials.


Postdoctoral Research Training Awards

Provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the resource-rich National Institutes of Health (NIH) environment, which consists of more than 1200 laboratories/research projects.


Graduate Partnerships Program

This program is designed to bring PhD graduate students to the NIH Intramural Research Program for dissertation research.