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Dr. Ashok Agarwal
Professor, Lerner College of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank
Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine
Staff, Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, and
Ob-Gyn and Women's Health Institute,
Anatomic Pathology, and Immunology
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Ave., X11
Cleveland, Ohio 44195 USA
Tel: 216-444-9485; Fax: 216-445-6049
E-mail: agarwaa@ccf.org
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The Center for Reproductive Medicine is a research program of the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute (rated as No. 1 in the country by the US News and World Report) and the Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute (rated as No. 3 in the country). Our Center is rated as a leading center of excellence at the world-class Cleveland Clinic, which is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals, ranked as No. 4 in the country. Over the past 20 years our Center has trained more than 500 pre-med/ medical students, physicians, scientists and biologists from all over the world.

The Center's summer internship offers an opportunity for students interested in gaining a research experience in human fertility and reproductive biology and the opportunity of working with world-renowned scientists and researchers. Members of our staff publish frequently in most respected journals, are invited guest speakers at important scientific/ medical meetings and courses around the world and are active in the leading professional societies in the exciting field of human reproductive medicine. For an up to date list of our publications, kindly visit https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ashok_Agarwal2/. A Web of Science Citation Report of Research Publications by the Center for Reproductive Medicine from 1993 to 2013 is available here.


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The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic offers a unique and exciting summer internship opportunity for highly motivated, academically oriented medical or undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine.

The center provides an excellent environment to conduct translational research in reproductive medicine. This unsurpassed experience gives participants the opportunity to:

  • Immerse themselves in a state-of-the-art research environment
  • Train in the art and science of conducting original bench research
  • Be mentored by renowned researchers at a world-class medical institution
  • Develop a strong foundation for pursuing a career in academic medicine

The program's goal is to encourage students to consider a career in medicine, whether in reproductive medicine or any other specialty of their choosing. To this end, we have designed an exceptional summer internship program to provide students a wide range of experiences.

During this 7-week program, participants will:

  • Work alongside reproductive scientists and clinicians on cutting edge and novel research projects in a real laboratory environment.
    Some of the bench research projects offered to 2013 Summer Interns were:
    1. Validation of five major proteins in immature and mature human sperm by Western blot,
    2. A controlled trial to access the efficacy of freezing protocols in preserving sperm function and DNA integrity in normozoospermic and oligozoospermic samples,
    3. Antioxidant and cryoprotective effects of lycopene on human sperm following cryopreservation and induction of oxidative stress, and
    4. Induction of oxidative stress and cryoprotective effects of lycopene on human spermatozoa following exogenously induced oxidative stress and DNA damage.
  • Participate in the writing of research articles, systematic reviews and/ or invited book chapters in the field of reproductive endocrinology, assisted reproduction and/ or male & female infertility.
    Some of the writing projects offered to 2013 Summer Interns include:
    1. Fertility status of men with mental illness and psychological stress,
    2. Impact of bariatric surgery on male and female reproduction,
    3. Proteomics, oxidative stress and female infertility,
    4. Management of abnormal uterine bleeding in the patient with chronic bleeding and
    5. Five-arm enhanced optical magnification approach for robotic assisted microsurgery.
  • Interact with reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists, male infertility specialists and urologists.
  • Participate in daily lectures, research meetings and group discussions.

Students will develop a strong understanding of how reproductive research is conducted. Participants will also learn how to:

  • Present research results in departmental meetings
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint talks
  • Record laboratory results and conduct preliminary statistical analysis
  • Hone their public speaking skills

Hot off the Press: Latest High Impact Publication(s) by Intern(s)!
 
The Causes, Effects and Mechanisms of Testicular Heat Stress (Review)
 
Damayanthi Durairajanayagam (Fulbright Research Fellow 2012-13), Ashok Agarwal (Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine), Chloe Ong (Best Intern Award (1st place) 2013 Summer Mentorship Program)
Published in Reproductive BioMedicine Outline (Impact Factor = 2.980) Article in Press (Oct 2014)

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A unique aspect of this internship is the emphasis placed by the program on cultivating soft skills and imbibing professionalism in all participants. Skills honed during the internship include:

  • leadership
  • volunteerism
  • time management
  • effective communication
  • public speaking and presentation skills

These skills and abilities are highly valued and have a prolonged impact on participants, especially as they pursue their goals and develop careers.

The intangible mix of skills nurtured during our internship sets our interns distinctly apart from their peers and empowers them to:

  • be highly competitive in their interviews for medical school, residency or jobs
  • perform better at public speaking opportunities
  • be stronger candidates when being considered for work positions

Among the 25 fundamental values weaved through the internship syllabus are:

Honesty Gratitude Reliability Prioritizing Positive attitude
Sincerity Professionalism Strong work ethics Organized Enthusiasm
Integrity Leadership Time management skills Consistency Initiative
Respect Responsibility Productivity Attention to detail Punctuality
Loyalty Accountability Efficiency Volunteerism and service Strong Instinct to Do the Right Thing

The teaching-learning modalities used to impart these values include:

  1. Mentorship
  2. Role modeling
  3. Demonstrations
  4. Small-group sessions
  5. One-on-one discussions
  6. Individualized coaching

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Who can apply? Apply Online

Undergraduate, graduate, medical students and residents. Recent graduates and foreign applicants are also welcome.

How to apply:

Our selection procedure for summer internship positions is highly competitive. Twenty students were selected to participate in our program in the summer of 2012. Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Recent curriculum vitae/resume
  • At least two recent letters of recommendation from advisors, teachers, or persons who have a firsthand knowledge of the candidate. The following is not acceptable: LORs sent as an e-mail and not printed on official letterhead, not carrying a signature, letters written more than 6-8 weeks before the date of submission. What is acceptable: LORs submitted via e-mail as scanned files either directly by the referee or a candidate
  • Address and telephone number for a personal interview
  • A 500-word personal statement
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • A letter stating that the participant has the necessary funding to support him/herself for the 7-week program (the internship is unfunded and no financial support is available). This letter could be written by the candidate.
  • An application processing fee of USD 150.00 in the form of a money order or certified bank check only - payable to "2013 Internship in Reproductive Medicine". This fee is nonrefundable.
  • A nonrefundable course fee of USD 3500.00 will be required from candidates accepted for the internship. This fee may be submitted as a money order or certified bank check (no personal checks) made payable to "2013 Internship in Reproductive Medicine"

Where to submit:

Program Director
Center for Reproductive Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Avenue, X11
Cleveland, OH 44195 USA
Tel: (216) 444-9485; Fax: (216) 445-6049
E-mail: agarwaa@ccf.org

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Application Deadline: March 01, 2013

Internship Dates: June 10, 2013 to July 26, 2013

Other Important Information:

  • Foreign students and graduates are welcome to apply.
  • Research work conducted during the internship may qualify for undergraduate course credit(s). Interested participants should check with their academic advisers.
  • Successful completion of internship results in the award of a Certificate of Research Training from the Center for Reproductive Medicine.

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       Student Feedback (2013 Interns)

Click on the pictures below to hear what our former interns have to say about their time at the Center for Reproductive Medicine.

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Lindsay Trujillo
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David Collins
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Rachel Thomas
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Jason Peng
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Chloe Ong
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Rohan Peer

Read for yourself about the interns' experiences, their testimonials and their evaluation of the program.

       Faculty Feedback (2013 Faculty)

Click on the pictures below to hear what our faculty have to say about their time at the Center for Reproductive Medicine.

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Dr. Stefan du Plessis
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Dr. Damayanthi Durairajanayagam
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Dr. Saad Alshahrani
 

Read for yourself about the faculty's letters of reflection on their internship experience.


 
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Chloe Ong
University College London, UK

Best Intern Award: First Place
Prize: $750

Best Presentation Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Outstanding Work Ethic Award

 

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Jason Peng
Northeast Ohio Medical University, OH

Best Presentation Award: First Place
Prize: $750

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

Outstanding Professionalism Award

 
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David Lee
Cornell University, NY

Best Intern Award: Second Place
Prize: $500

Volunteerism Award

Outstanding Leadership Award

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Rachel Thomas
Ohio Wesleyan University, OH

Best Presentation Award: Second Place
Prize: $500

Outstanding Team Work Award

 
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David Collins
Indiana University, IN

Best Intern Award: Third Place
Prize: $300

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Volunteerism Award

Outstanding Service Award

RAjAK

Jana Ghulmiyyah
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Best Presentation Award: Third Place
Prize: $300
 
Best Intern Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Outstanding Leadership Award

 
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Ajoe Kattoor
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

Best Intern Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

Volunteerism Award

Outstanding Service Award

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Jacques Halabi
American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Best Presentation Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150
 
Outstanding Enthusiasm Award
 

 
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Mariya Pogrebetskaya
Northeastern Ohio Medical University, OH

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Outstanding Service Award

MuhammadCN

Gurpriya Virk
Monash University, Australia

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

Outstanding Professionalism Award

 
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Stephen Bowen
University of Notre Dame, IN

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research.

Outstanding Enthusiasm Award

ManvelyanE

Pallavi Prashast
Government Medical College, India

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Outstanding Dedication Award

 
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Dan Candrea
Baldwin Wallace University, OH

Outstanding Dedication Award
 

LanmanJ

Rohan Peer
Case Western Reserve University, OH

Outstanding Teamwork Award

 
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Lindsay Trujillo
University of Akron, OH

Outstanding Enthusiasm Award

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Megan Hirschbeck
Ohio State University, OH

Outstanding Demeanor Award

 
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Samantha Gilmore
Miami University, OH

Outstanding Demeanor Award

RossenerR

Sebo Ling Wang
University of California Riverside, CA

Outstanding Dedication Award

 
ZhengW

Sebo Michelle Wang
University of California Riverside, CA

Outstanding Work Ethic Award


 

 

Faculty Recognition Awards

Appreciation Awards

Dr.LambL

Dolores Lamb, PhD

Professor of Urology and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

Dr.Agarwal

Ashok Agarwal, PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine
Director, 2013 Summer Internship Program  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

Dr. ParekattilP

Sijo Parekattil, MD

Director of Urology and Robotic Surgery
Winter Haven Hospital & University of Florida, FL  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

Dr.SharmaR

Rakesh Sharma, PhD

Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Research Coordinator, Center for Reproductive Medicine  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

Dr.PlessisS

Stefan du Plessis, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor and Head, Division of Medical Physiology
Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, South Africa  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

Dr.GuptaS

Sajal Gupta, MD, TS (ABB)

Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Assistant Research Coordinator, Center for Reproductive Medicine  

Award for Valuable Contributions
 

 
Dr.DurairajanayagamD

Damayanthi Durairajanayagam, PhD

Fulbright Research Fellow, Center for Reproductive Medicine
Coordinator, 2013 Summer Internship Program  

Volunteerism Award
 


Research and Clinical Laboratories occupy over 2500 square feet of workspace with state-of-the-art instruments and facilities for advanced research in the pathophysiology of male and female reproductive dysfunction and research in the field of erectile dysfunction. Instruments include: computer assisted semen analyzers, luminometer for oxidative stress measurements, equipment for western blot, culture room equipped with a sterile hood, several incubators, microscopes, and a Narishige micromanipulator fitted on an inverted phase-contrast microscope, spectrophotometers, ELISA plate reader, centrifuges, liquid nitrogen storage tanks, programmable freezers, cold room, etc. The laboratory has ready access to over a dozen specialized core laboratories within the Cleveland Clinic Research Institute. These include: molecular biotechnology, flow cytometry, gene expression, transgenic/knockout facilities, etc. For more information on these core laboratories, please visit: http://www.lerner.ccf.org/services.

The office space for Fellows is equipped with over 2 dozen computers with laser printers, scanners, copiers, and all the necessary software programs. All computers in the Center are connected to the Cleveland Clinic's network system that provides direct access to most online journals related to the field of medicine, urology, reproductive medicine, andrology, etc. A large collection of scientific journals, electronic journals/books, and other databases are available through our newly modernized Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. A team of statisticians working in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) provide research support to the Fellows. The Center for Medical Art and Photography (CMAP) supports the preparation of research posters and lecture slides for presentations at national meetings.



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       Contributing Andrology Laboratory Staff

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Larry Kramer Jr.
Research Administrative Assistant
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Debra Garlak, MT (ASCP), MEd.
Medical Technologist
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Larry Harmych, MT, BS
Medical Technologist
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Carmen Caraballo, MT (ASCP)
Medical Technologist
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The summer interns gave a 10 minute presentation each on the final day of the 2013 Summer Internship program held on Friday, July 26, 2013. The presentations were held from 8 AM to 3.30 PM. The audience comprised of leaders in the field of reproductive medicine, faculty, parents and fellows and interns.

The reception dinner started from 6.30 PM onwards and included presentations from guest speakers, award ceremony and gala dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel at Cleveland Clinic.

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