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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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About Us


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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). 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 over 500 pre-med/ medical students, physicians, scientists and biologists from more than 50 countries.

The Center's summer internship offers a unique 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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Program Goals and Benefits


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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 2014 Summer Interns were:
    1. Abstinence Time and Its Impact on Semen Parameters
    2. Standardization of the TUNEL Assay Utilizing the BD Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer for Assessment of Sperm DNA Fragmentation
    3. Impact of A Precise Modulation of Reactive Oxygen Species Levels on Spermatozoa in Infertile Men
    4. Spermatozoa Protein Examination in Testicular Cancer Patients
  • 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 2014 Summer Interns include:
    1. Post Translational Modification of the Sperm Cell Proteome
    2. Effects of Increasing Paternal Age on Sperm Quality, Reproductive Outcomes and Offspring Risks
    3. Oxidants and Antioxidants in the Pathophysiology of Female Reproduction
    4. Genetic Variants and Male Infertility
    5. ROS-Causing Protein Modifications in Spermatozoa and Seminal Fluid
    6. DNA Repair Defects and Male Infertility
    7. Endometriosis and Endometriosis-Associated Ovarian Cancer (EAOC) - Update on Common Mechanistic Pathways
    8. Predictive Role of Proteomic Profiles in Assisted Reproduction: A Systemic Review
    9. Impact of Ionizing Radiation on Male Fertility
    10. Male Reproductive Cancers and Infertility: A Mutual Relationship
  • 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

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Additional Benefits of Internship


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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:

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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Undergraduate students, medical students, residents, and recent graduates.

Both local (US nationals) and foreign (international) applicants are welcome to apply.

How to apply:

Our selection procedure for summer internship positions is highly competitive. Twenty Five students were selected to participate in our program in the summer of 2014. 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 not funded 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 "2014 Internship in Reproductive Medicine". This fee is non-refundable.
  • A non-refundable course fee of USD 4500.00 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 "2014 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, 2015

Internship Dates: June 15, 2015 to July 31, 2015

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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Expectations and Grading Criteria



 
 

1. Expectations

  • a) Expectations by CRM Mentors for Incoming Interns
    As an Intern accepted into the CRM Internship Program, incoming interns are expected tofulfill their job description to maximize the benefits that they will obtain from the program. Read more about this here.
     
  • b) Adherence to Policy and Procedures
    Incoming interns are expected to abide by the policy and procedures of the Center forReproductive Medicine and Cleveland Clinic. Read more about this here.
     
  • c) Incoming Interns can Expect Internship Mentors to
    Incoming interns can expect their Mentors to provide them with valuable Mentorship throughout the program. Read more about this here.


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2. Method to Evaluate Scientific Research
Interns will be expected to fulfill the learning objectives of the Scientific Writing Exercise in order to have participated successfully in the Internship Program. Read more about the criteria that will be evaluated here.

3. Method to Evaluate Bench Research
Interns will be expected to fulfill the learning objectives of the Bench Research Exercise in order to have participated successfully in the Internship Program. Read more about the criteria that will be evaluated here.

4. Grading of Interns
Interns will be expected to fulfill the learning objectives of the Internship Program in order to achieve successful participation in the Internship Program. Read more about the criteria that will be evaluated here.

5. Criteria for Award of Graduation Certificate
In order to be awarded the Internship Graduation Certificate, interns should score the equivalent of a pass, pass with honors or pass with distinction. Read more about the criteria that will be evaluated here.


Facilities & Resources


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The Laboratories
Research and Clinical Laboratories occupy over 5000 square feet of workspace with state-of-the-art instruments and facilities for advanced research in fertility preservation in patients with cancer, proteomics of male and female infertility and molecular markers of oxidative stress and DNA integrity.

Equipment and Instrumentation
Instruments available in our facility include: computer assisted semen analyzers, luminometer for oxidative stress measurements, Accuri BD C6 flow cytometer, equipment for western blot, culture room equipped with a sterile hood, several incubators, microscopes, and Narishige micromanipulator fitted on an inverted phase-contrast microscope, spectrophotometers, ELISA plate reader, centrifuges, liquid nitrogen storage tanks, programmable freezers, cold room, etc.

Core Laboratories
The laboratory has ready access to over a dozen highly-specialized core laboratories within the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. These include: proteomics, metabolomics, genomics, molecular biotechnology, molecular screening, flow cytometry, mass spectrometry, translational research, digital imaging and electron microscopy, etc. For more information on these core laboratories, please visit: http://www.lerner.ccf.org/services.

IT Equipment
Along with office supplies, 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 intranet that provides direct access to most online journals related to the field of medicine, urology, reproductive medicine, andrology, oby-gyn, etc.

Teamwork
A large collection of scientific journals, electronic journals/books, and other databases are available through the resourceful Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library. Specialized Medical Librarians are ever willing to help in research and use of electronic databases. Statistical research support is readily available from a team of biostatisticians working in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS). Services for the design and creation of medical illustration for publication purposes are provided by The Center for Medical Art and Photography (CMAP) Arts and Photo also aid in the preparation of research posters and lecture slides for presentations at national meetings.



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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
CollinD
David Collins
ThomasR
Rachel Thomas
PengJ
Jason Peng
OngC
Chloe Ong
PeerR
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.


Award Winning Interns (2014 Interns)

 
TadrosH

Hanna Tadros
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain, Bahrain

Best Intern Award: First Place
Prize: $750

Best Presentation Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Outstanding Professionalism Award

Al-NajjarW

Wedad Al-Najjar
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Best Intern Award: Second Place
Prize: $500

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

SyriacA

Arun Syriac, MBBS
Mahatma Gandhi University, India

Best Intern Award: Third Place
Prize: $300

Best Presentation Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $100

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

Outstanding Teamwork Award

 
EliwaJ

Jasmine Eliwa
University of Kuwait, Kuwait

Best Presentation Award: First Place
Prize: $750

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

AlkuhaimiN

Nawaf Alkuhaimi
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Best Presentation Award: Second Place
Prize: $500

Outstanding Work Ethic Award

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Deepika Kumaresan, MBBS
Vinayaka Missions University, India

Best Presentation Award: Third Place
Prize: $300

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

Outstanding Enthusiasm Award

 
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Elizabeth Pandithurai, MBBS
J.J.M., Medical College Davangere, India

Best Intern Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

RohraV

Vikram Rohra
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Best Intern Award: Honorable Mention
Prize: $150

CirenzaC

Caroline Cirenza
The Medical School University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

Outstanding Dedication Award

 
VenugopalV

Vijay Venugopal, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

Al-SadaanM

Maha Al-Sadaan
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mentors Choice Award for Scientific Writing

AlsaffarA

Alaa Alsaffar
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mentors Choice Award for Basic Research

 
AlsaffarA

Namariq Haroun
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

Outstanding Personality Award

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Sara Philby
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

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Julia Tsinberg
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Outstanding Work Ethic Award

 
PanickerA

Aaron Panicker
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Outstanding Leadership Award

ShettyA

Amit Shetty, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Outstanding Service and Volunteerism Award

JazaeriF

Feras Jazaeri
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Outstanding Creativity Award

 
TomiyamaT

Tatsunari Tomiyama
University of Rochester, NY

Outstanding Effort Award

ErsoyA

Aysenur Ersoy
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

YazarC

Cansu Yazar
Ankara University, Turkey

 
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Maysa Al-Badawi
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 ShettyR

Rashna Shetty, MBBS
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Al-ParikhS

Sneha Parikh, MBBS
Karamsad Medical College, India

 
Al-ParikhS

Khalid Jabarti
Alfaisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


 

 

Invited Faculty 2014

 

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Dolores J Lamb
PhD

Professor, Scott Department of Urology and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Laboratory Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

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RizkB
 
Botros Rizk
MD, PhD

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Head of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of South Alabama

Certificate

NagyZ
 
Zsolt Peter Nagy
MD, PhD

Scientific and Laboratory Director Reproductive Biology Associates, Georgia, Atlanta

Certificate

ParekatillS
 
Sijo J Parekattil
MD

Co-Director Personalized Urology & Robotics Clinic South Lake Hospital & Orlando Health Clermont, Florida

Certificate

LyK
 
Kim Dao Ly
MBA

Fourth Year Medical Student, Texas A&M College of Medicine Dallas, Texas

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Organizing Faculty 2014

 

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Ashok Agarwal
PhD, HCLD (ABB)

Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Director, Andrology Center, Director, Center for Reproductive Medicine and Director, 2014 Summer Internship Program

Certificate

SharmaR
 
Rakesh Sharma
PhD

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

Certificate

GuptaS
 
Sajal Gupta
MD, TS (ABB)

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

Certificate

DuPlessisS
 
Stefan du Plessis
PhD, MBA

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

Certificate

DurairajanayagamD
 
D. Durairajanayagam
PhD

Center for Reproductive Medicine Coordinator, 2014 Summer Internship Program

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VirkT
 
Tina Virk
MS

Center for Reproductive Medicine Coordinator, 2014 Summer Internship Program

Volunteerism Award

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Mentors 2014

 

SharmaR
 
Rakesh Sharma
PhD

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

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

Mentor Recognition Award (Bench Research)

GuptaS
 
Sajal Gupta
MD, TS (ABB)

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

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

DuPlessisS
 
Stefan du Plessis
PhD, MBA

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

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

Mentor Recognition Award (Bench Research)

Judges Choice Award for Best Bench Research Project

GunesS
 
Sezgin Gunes
PhD

Associate Professor, Research Fellow, Center for Reproductive Medicine

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

AyazA
 
Ahmet Ayaz
MS (PhD candidate)

Research Fellow, Center for Reproductive Medicine

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

Mentor Recognition Award (Bench Research)

Volunteerism Award

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Eva Tvrda
MS (PhD candidate)

Research Fellow, Center for Reproductive Medicine

Mentor Recognition Award (Scientific Writing)

Mentor Recognition Award (Bench Research)

 

Center for Reproductive Medicine Speakers

 
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Ashok Agarwal, PhD
Director
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SharmaR
Rakesh Sharma, PhD
Research Coordinator
Certificate
GuptaS
Sajal Gupta, MD, TS (ABB)
Assistant Research Coordinator
Certificate
GunesS
Sezgin Gunes, PhD
Research Fellow
Certificate
AyazA
Ahmet Ayaz, MS
Research Fellow
Certificate
TvrdaE
Eva Tvrda, MS
Fulbright Research Fellow
Certificate
VirkT
Tina Virk, MS
Internship Coordinator
Certificate

Invited Speakers

 
BifanoA
Abby Bifano, PhD
Lerner Research Institute
Certificate
MehtaA
Adi Mehta, MD
Endocrinology
Certificate
LichtiA
Alan Lichtin, MD
Hematology-Oncology
Certificate
MooreA
Amy Moore, BA
Education
Certificate
StepheA
Andrew Stephenson, MD
Urology-Oncology
Certificate
HatipoB
Betul Hatipoglu, MD
Endocrinology
Certificate
MichenC
Chad Michener, MD
OB-GYN
Certificate
FaimanC
Charles Faiman, MD, FRCPC, MACE
Endocrinology
Certificate
ModlinC
Charles Modlin, MD, MBA
Urology
Certificate
SkurzaD
Donna Skurzak, MA
Diversity & Inclusion
Certificate
PopticE
Earl Poptic
Lerner Research Institute
Certificate
SabaneE
Edmund Sabanegh, MD
Urology
Certificate
KleinE
Eric Klein, MD
Urology
Certificate
IsaacsJ
J. Harry Isaacson, MD
Lerner College of Medicine
Certificate
YoungJ
James Young, MD
Lerner College of Medicine
Certificate
AlbertJ
Jay Alberts, PhD, BME
Lerner Research Institute
Certificate
MarshaJ
Jeffrey Marshall, PhD
Innovations
Certificate
BergfeJ
John Bergfeld, MD
Operating Rooms
Certificate
FrancoK
Kathleen Franco, MD
Lerner College of Medicine
Certificate
KirkpaK
Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
Wellness Institute
Certificate
BradleL
Linda Bradley, MD
OB-GYN
Certificate
WoodyL
Lorelai Woody, MSI
Alumni Library
PattimL
Lynn Pattimakiel, MD
Women’s Health
Certificate
BhargaM
Mandeep Bhargava, MD
Cardiology
Certificate
McKenzM
Margaret McKenzie, MD
OB-GYN
Certificate
MakarM
Martha Makar
Marketing
Certificate
RoizenM
Michael Roizen, MD
Wellness Institute
Certificate
DarkD
Officer Derrick Dark
Crime Prevention
Certificate
SteinR
Robert Stein, MD
Urology
Certificate
ReddyS
S. Sethu Reddy, MD, MBA
Endocrinology
Certificate
KingsbS
Sheryl Kingsberg, PhD
Behavioral Medicine
Certificate
PallotS
Stacie Pallotta, MPH
Patient Experience
Certificate
RothmaS
Susan Rothmann, PhD, HCLD
Andrology
Certificate
MorrisS
Sylvia Morrison, BA
Marketing
Certificate
VinciT
Tora Vinci
Communications
Certificate
TuohyV
Vincent Tuohy, PhD
Immunology
Certificate
BarazaY
Yagil Barazani, MD
Urology
Certificate

Contributing Andrology Center Staff


KramerL
Larry Kramer Jr.
Research Administrative Assistant
Certificate
GralakD
Debra Garlak, MT (ASCP), MEd.
Medical Technologist
Certificate
HarmychL
Larry Harmych, MT, BS
Medical Technologist
Certificate
CaraballoC
Carmen Caraballo, MT (ASCP)
Medical Technologist
Certificate

Scientific Presentations (2014)


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The summer interns gave a 7 minute presentation each on the final day of the 2014 Summer Internship program held on Friday, July 25, 2014. The presentations were held from 8AM to 3PM. The audience comprised of leaders in the field of reproductive medicine, faculty, parents and fellows and interns.

Reception Dinner (2014)


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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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