Ruth Jocelyn Claros, a second-year medical student at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of 12 medical students nationwide selected for the American Society of Hematology 2014 Minority Medical Student Award Program.
This career-development award program, offered to first- and second-year medical students from the United States and Canada in D.O., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. programs, is designed to spark minority medical students’ interest in the field of hematology. Participants design and implement a hematology-related research project during an eight- to 12-week summer program. Each student participant is paired with a research and career-development mentor, who assists him or her with the execution of projects and offers career guidance throughout medical school and beyond.
Medical students selected for the 2014 program are conducting research alongside their mentors related to topics ranging from sickle cell disease to acute leukemia, and stem cell transplantation. In addition to Claros, whose research topic is “Analysis of adherence to mercaptopurine in Asian children with ALL,” students were selected from nationally ranked universities, including Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Ohio State University College of Medicine.
In addition to their participation in the summer research program, participants will receive a $5,000 research stipend and a travel allowance to attend and present their research at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in San Francisco in December.