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Program Director


Dr. Ashok Agarwal
Professor, Lerner College of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director, Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank
Director, American 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

About Us


The American Center for Reproductive Medicine is a joint research program of the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute (rated as No. 2 in the country by the US News and World Report) and the Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute (rated as No. 6 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 17 years our Center has trained more than 200 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 to working with world-renowned scientists and researchers. Members of our staff publish frequently in our field's 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.

Program Goals and Benefits


The American Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic has an exciting summer internship opportunity for highly motivated, academically oriented medical or undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine.
Our environment of academic and clinical collaboration offers an unsurpassed experience for students that include:

  • Experiencing a state-of-the-art research environment
  • Training in the art and science of conducting basic and clinical research
  • Mentoring by renowned researchers at a world-class medical institution
  • Developing a solid foundation for a research or clinical track career in medicine

The program's goal is to encourage students to consider a career in medicine, whether in the reproductive sciences or another specialty of their choosing. To this end, we have designed the summer internship to offer students a wide range of high quality experiences. During this eight-week program, participants will:

  • Work alongside reproductive scientists and clinicians on interesting research projects in a real laboratory setting
  • Interact with reproductive endocrinologists, gynecologists, male infertility specialists and urologists and observe them in clinics or surgery
  • 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
  • Participate in daily lectures, research meetings and group discussions

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

  • Present research results in departmental meetings
  • Prepare and present PowerPoint talks at research conferences
  • Perform various data compilation and analysis techniques
  • Hone their public speaking skills

Click here to read the 2010 internship announcement. PDF

Please click here - 2008 2009 2010 PDF

Summer Internship is supported in part by an educational grant from
Molecular Biometrics


Who can apply?

Undergraduate, graduate, medical students and residents.

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 2009. 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 during the 8-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 100.00 in the form of a money order or certified bank check only - payable to "2010 Internship in Reproductive Medicine". This fee is nonrefundable.
  • A nonrefundable course fee of USD 1500.00 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 "2010 Internship in Reproductive Medicine"

Where to submit:

Program Director
American 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

Application Deadline: March 1, 2010

Internship Dates: June 7th - July 30th, 2010

Other Important Information:

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 provide research support to the Fellows. The Arts and Graphics Department supports the preparation of research posters and lecture slides for presentations at national meetings.

Virtual Tour of the American Center for Reproductive Medicine
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Virtual Tour of the Andrology Laboratory
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Training Faculty


    CRM Faculty and Course Preceptor Profiles


Julia Ellis-Kahana

Brown University
Providence, RI
Best Presentation Award:
First Place

Prize: $750
Best Intern Award - Fifth Place
Prize: $100
Kim Dao Ly Award
for Volunteerism

Prize: $250


Monica Mary Gray

University of Akron
Akron, OH
Best Intern Award: Second Place
Prize: $500
Mentor's Choice Award
for Best Research

Best Professional Award


Kelsey Devine Avery

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Best Presentation Award:
Second Place

Prize: $500
Congeniality Award


Katherine Carney

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Best Intern Award: Third Place
Prize: $300
Dr. Sajal Gupta Award
for Best Team Player

Best Attendance Award


Christopher J Kondray

Drexel University
College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Best Presentation Award:
Third Place

Prize: $300
Humorous Personality Award
Congeniality Award


Walter Lee

Northeastern Ohio University
College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH
Best Intern Award: Fourth Place
Prize: $200
Dr. Rajinder Singh Award
for Excellence


Garrett J Hack

Kent State University
Kent, OH
Best Presentation Award:
Fourth Place

Prize: $200
Congeniality Award
Positive Personality Award
Reflection Letter


Akshay Gupta

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA
Best Presentation Award:
Fifth Place

Prize: $100
Positive Personality Award


Sheila Gokul

Trinity University
San Antonio, TX
High Productivity Award
Positive Personality Award


Mary FrancisPillai

McGill University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Congeniality Award


Christopher Knoedler

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN
Best Attendance Award


Katherine Lofgren

Smith College
Northampton, MA
Most Attentive Intern Award


Laura Bukavina

Northeastern Ohio University
College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH
Award for Succeeding
in a Challenging Situation


Corinne Stasko

D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
Mentor's Choice Award
for Best Research


Mitali Rakhit

Columbia University
New York, NY
Award for Succeeding
in a Challenging Situation


Nathan Iyer

Emory University
Atlanta, GA
Humorous Personality Award


Rahul Singh

University School
Hunting Valley, Ohio
Positive Personality Award

Faculty Recognition Awards

Appreciation Awards


Jim Posillico, Ph.D.

President & CEO
Molecular Biometrics, LLC
Award for Valuable Support
and Contributions


Kim Dao Ly, B.S., M.B.A.

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
Award for Valuable Support
and Contributions


Aparna Thiyagarajan

Faculty Recognition Award
Prize: $250


Sijo Parekattil, M.D.

Male Infertility and Microsurgery
Co-Director, Robotic Surgery
Asst. Professor,
Department of Urology
University of Florida
Dr. Anthony J. Thomas Jr. Award
for Compassion, Sincerity and
Promoting Collaboration

Recognition Award for Valuable Support and Contributions
Reflection Letter


Dr. Arozia Moazzam

Faculty Recognition Award
Prize: $250


Stefan Du Plessis, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Division of Medical Physiology
Stellenbosch University
Tygerberg, South Africa
Award for Valuable Support
in Mentoring of Interns

Reflection Letter


Dr. Ali Ahmady

Faculty Recognition Award


Zsolt Peter Nagy, M.D., Ph.D.

Scientific and Laboratory Director
Reproductive Biology Associates
Atlanta, GA
Award in Appreciation of
his Support


Dr. Reecha Sharma

Kim Dao Ly Award for Volunteerism
Prize: $250


Vanessa Stanich

CRM Award for Volunteerism
Prize: $250


The summer interns gave 10 minute presentations on the final day of the 2010 Summer Internship program held on July 30 2010. The presentations started from 8 AM in the morning to 4 PM. The reception dinner started from 6 PM onwards and included presentations from guest speakers, award ceremony and dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel at Cleveland Clinic.

2010 Scientific Program PDF
2010 Scientific Intern Presentations PDF
Reception Invite PDF
Dinner Menu PDF
2010 Internship Awards PDF
Pictures of Final Internship Presentations
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Pictures of Internship Banquet
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