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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

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.

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 2011 internship announcement.

Please click here - 2008 2009 2010 PDF

Course Credits


Due to a new partnership with the University of Southern Alabama (USA), candidates will register for our internship course via an independent graduate level research course entitled "IDL 594 Interdisciplinary Directed Studies". Completion of our internship can earn 6.0 credits of independent research, transferable to any major university or college in the United States.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate, graduate, medical students and residents. Recent graduates and Foreign Applicants are also welcome.

Click here for 2011 Application PDF

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 "2011 Internship in Reproductive Medicine". This fee is nonrefundable.
  • A nonrefundable course fee of USD 2000.00 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 "2011 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 15, 2011

Internship Dates:   June 6th - July 29th, 2011

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 our American Center for Reproductive Medicine.
  • Accomodation in Cleveland
  • Summer Interns Resource Kit
  • Click here for information about Cleveland

       Student Feedback (2010 Interns)

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

Monica Mary Gray
David J. Benjamin
Sheila Gokul
Walter Lee
Mary FrancisPillai
Anthony H. Kashou

Click here to read about the internship experiences of former interns


Jayson Masaki
Saint James SOM,
Netherlands Antilles

Best Intern Award: First Place
Prize: $750
Best Professional Award
Mentors Choice Award


Victor Kondray
Davidson College, NC

Best Presentation Award:
First Place

Prize: $750
Award for Excellence


Alexandra Below
University of Notre Dame, IN

Best Intern Award: Second Place
Prize: $500
Award for Excellence
Mentors Choice Award


Roshni Kakaiya
Scripps College, CA

Best Presentation Award:
Second Place

Prize: $500
Best Volunteer Award
Mentors Choice Award
Kim Ly Award for Volunteerism


Pedro Paulo Perroni
Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas,

Best Intern Award: Third Place
Prize: $300
Humorous Personality Award
Most Helpful Intern Award
Positive Personality Award
Mentors Choice Award


David Rizk
Tulane University, LA

Best Presentation Award:
Third Place

Prize: $300
Award for Excellence
Mentors Choice Award


Janavi Tara Rao
MS Ramaiah Medical College, India

Best Intern Award: Fourth Place
Prize: $200
Award for Excellence
Mentors Choice Award


Sejal Doshi

Best Presentation Award:
Fourth Place

Prize: $200
Award for Excellence
Mentors Choice Award


Karishma Khullar
Univ Penn, PA

Best Intern Award: Fifth Place
Prize: $100
Award for Succeeding in a
Challenging Situation

Most Dedicated Intern Award


Nooman Sallam
Alexandria University, Egypt

Best Presentation Award:
Fifth Place

Prize: $100
Award for Excellence


Alex Lo
Johns Hopkins University, MD

Congeniality Award


Aruna Pitchika
University of Health Sciences,
Vijayawada, AP India

Award for Excellence


Caitlin O'Connor
Mount Holyoke College, MA

Leadership Award
Mentors Choice Award


Jeffrey Erney
Arizona State University

Award for Excellence


Monika Wasik
Univ Penn, PA

Most Attentive Intern Award
Mentors Choice Award


Nisha Nataraj
Northwestern University, IL

Award for Excellence


Mark Nizza
Ohio State University, OH

Award for Excellence


Abhishek Neil Samadder
Case Western University, OH

Award for Excellence

Faculty Recognition Awards

Appreciation Awards


Edmund Sabanegh, MD

Award for Valuable Support and
Contributions to 2011
Summer Internship


Stefan du Plessis, PhD, MBA

Dr. Sijo Parekattil Award for
Excellence in Reproductive Research

Reflection Letter


Alaa Hamada, MD

Dr. Edmund Sabanegh Award for
Male Infertility Research


Botros Rizk, MD

Award for Valuable Contributions
to 2011 Summer Internship


Ashok Agarwal, PhD

Dr. Anthony J. Thomas Jr. Award
for Compassion and Care


Sijo Parekattil, MD

Award for Valuable Contributions
to 2011 Summer Internship

Reflection Letter


Sajal Gupta, MD

Award for Mentoring and Supporting
the Summer Internship


Peter Nagy, MD

Award for Valuable Contributions
to 2011 Summer Internship


Rakesh Sharma, PhD

Award for Valuable Contributions
to the 2011 Summer Internship


Anthony Kashou, BS

Award for Significant Contribution
to the Summer Internship

Reflection Letter


Luiz Fernando Carvalho, MD

Award for Mentoring
the 2011 Summer Interns


Pavittar Grewal, MD

Kim Ly Award for Volunteerism

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 (2011)


    CRM Faculty and Course Preceptor Profiles

The summer interns gave 10 minute presentations on the final day of the 2011 Summer Internship program held on July 29, 2011. 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.

2011 Scientific Program PDF
2011 Scientific Intern Presentations PDF
Reception Invite PDF
Dinner Menu PDF
2011 Internship Awards PDF
Pictures of Final Internship Presentations
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Pictures of Award Ceremony
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Tel: (216) 444-9485
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