Summer Scholars Program

Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology - Summer Scholars 2022 application will open in September.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Center of Excellence in Nephrology (CHOP PCEN) is pleased to request applications for our 2022 Summer Research Scholars Program. This program aims to inspire future leaders in pediatric kidney disease research by engaging students in meaningful research and clinical experiences in pediatric nephrology.

The program is open to undergraduate, post-graduate, or medical students*. Start and end dates are flexible as academic schedules may vary for each student; however, an 8 week commitment is required. Students will work with a mentor on a research project, and will have opportunities for didactic training and clinical shadowing in nephrology. Students will also attend seminars about research and careers in medicine, and will take one or more courses on epidemiology or data science.

Students will receive a $4000 stipend. Please note: Housing is not provided as a part of the program.

The program structure includes:

  1. Practical research training and mentorship
    1. Responsible Conduct of Research training (including, as applicable to the research project: human subjects research, animal care and use in research, laboratory safety)
    2. Full-time research experience on a clinical, translational, or basic science project under the mentorship of a PCEN investigator
    3. Weekly meetings with PCEN faculty mentor
    4. Preparation of an abstract and/or manuscript, as appropriate
    5. Oral presentation of research findings to the Division of Nephrology at the end of the program
  2. Didactic training
    1. Participation in Nephrology Fellow’s Core Curriculum weekly lecture series – provides exposure to core clinical nephrology topics and opportunities to interact with nephrology fellows
    2. Research Seminars: students will attend weekly seminars or lab meetings as appropriate based on their research project and mentor
    3. Online Instruction: Students will have access to various online training in epidemiology
  3. Clinical shadowing in nephrology
    1. Observe nephrology clinic once per week
    2. Attend inpatient rounds once per week.

Eligibility

*Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college or university. Must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

COVID-19 NOTE:The program may be offered in-person, hybrid, or fully virtual based on coronavirus-related restrictions in summer 2022. Most clinical research projects can be offered as hybrid or virtual, but most basic science and translational research projects will only be possible if in-person student activities are permitted. Classes and seminars are all available virtually, and some clinical shadowing is possible using telehealth or video conferencing.

How to apply

Summer Scholars 2022 application is open. Apply here

Questions?

For more information, please visit our website: PCEN Enrichment Program or contact the program coordinator, Jude Husein or the program director Dr. Erum Hartung.

Sample Schedule for PCEN Summer Scholars Program

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

AM

Class (e.g. Intro to Epi, Database Management)*

 

Research project

Class (e.g. Intro to Epi, Database Management)

 

Research project

Class (e.g. Intro to Epi, Database Management)

 

Inpatient rounds shadowing

Class (e.g. Intro to Epi, Database Management)

 

Research project

Class (e.g. Intro to Epi, Database Management)

 

Research project and/or weekly mentor meeting

Lunch

Nephrology Fellows’ Core Curriculum teaching

 

Nephrology Inpatient Review Meeting

 

Nephrology Outpatient Review Meeting

Renal Grand Rounds / Business meeting

PM

Research project/Class

Research project/Class

Outpatient clinic shadowing

Research project/Class

 

Research project/Class

* Penn summer courses run for 2 weeks total (last week of July – first week of August)

Actual work hours are flexible, but a full-time (40 hours per week) commitment is expected.

To ensure maximum productivity and engagement with your mentor and research staff, it is expected the majority (>70%) of the working hours will be during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

 

2021 Alumni

Kiarra Mouzon

Kiarra Mouzon

Mentor Name: Dr. Amaral, MD, MHS

Current Education: MD Candidate at Drexel University College of Medicine (Class of 2024)

Previous Education: BS in Integrative Neuroscience at SUNY Binghamton (Class of 2017)
Master’s in Biomedical studies at Drexel College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (Class of 2019)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Examining the Risk Factors of Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome (PTCS) among Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients

Summer Scholars Project Description: The aim of this study is to analyze the risk profiles of pediatric kidney transplant patients who have developed pseudotumor cerebri post renal transplant.


Syed Waseem

Syed Waseem

Mentor Name: Dr. Kevin Meyers, MD

Current Education: Rising Senior at Temple University studying:
Neuroscience: Cellular and Molecular, BS, Temple University
Mathematics and Computer Science, BS, Temple University
Chemistry, Minor, Temple University
Genomic Medicine, Temple University

Summer Scholars Project Title: Neurological manifestations in children with fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) associated renal artery stenosis (RAS)

Summer Scholars Project Description: Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a non-inflammatory disorder that may present in multiple arterial beds including the renal arteries. The causes of FMD are yet unknown and it has rarely been described in the venous system. The most frequent manifestation of FMD in children is the involvement of the renal arteries. However, very little is known in children about the association between renal artery FMD and neurological involvement or manifestations. This disease is the most common cause of renovascular hypertension (RVHTN) in children and adolescents. Our study seeks to complete a systematic literature review and complete a thorough analysis of children presenting with FMD associated RAS and its correlation with arterial lesions in the head and neck area. With the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia being the largest pediatric contributor to the national FMD associated RAS database, our study has the potential to be the most comprehensive of its kind. The findings and knowledge will only help to create a better care and diagnosis protocol for those pediatric patients presenting with such a rare disease.


Miahjé Williams

Maya Abdel-Megid

Mentor Name: Michelle R. Denburg, MD, MSCE & Dr. Benjamin Laskin, MD

Current Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Health and Societies

Previous Education: Academy of Allied Health and Science

Summer Scholars Project Title: Kidney Disease in Long Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Summer Scholars Project Description: I am working with Dr. Denburg and Dr. Laskin in this project to assess Kidney Disease in Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Cancer. Survivors of childhood cancer are predisposed to developing health problems later in life. Damage done to the kidneys are most likely due to the nephrotoxic nature of the cancer therapies they received when they were children. We are carrying out a retrospective study on children who have been diagnosed with cancer and have been following up for the past 7 years with the oncology survivorship clinic. Specifically, we are charting ABPM data and identifying the percentage of patients in the survivorship clinic who developed cysts post treatment to assess the risk of kidney disease in long-term survivors of childhood cancer.


Mathew Lin

Mathew Lin

Mentor Name: Dr. Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

Current Education: BS Candidate in Human Development and Minor in English at Cornell University (Class of 2023)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD)

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to investigate the relationship between blood pressure, kidney function and incidence of left ventricular hypertrophy in patients who have ARPKD.


Miahjé Williams

Mentor Name: Dr. Meredith Atkinson

Current Education: BS Candidate in Health Science at Howard University

Summer Scholars Project Title: Association Between Vitamin D and Blood Pressure in the CKiD Cohort


Joya Sims

Mentor Name: Susan Furth, MD, PhD (co-mentored by Erum Hartung, MD, MTR)

Current Education: BS Candidate in Mathematics at Spelman College (Class of 2022)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Socioeconomic Demographic Characteristics Can Influence Effective Patient-Provider Communication

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to evaluate how the perception of communication between children in the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study and their healthcare providers differ among the children's racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

 

2020 Alumni

Lauren Andree

Mentor Name: Susan Furth, MD, PhD and Natalie Walker, MSW, LSW

Current Education: MD Candidate at Drexel University College of Medicine (Class of 2023)

Previous Education: BS in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Class of 2018)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Diet Quality in Pediatric CKD Patients

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to assess the association between socioeconomic factors such as income, race, ethnicity, and residence location with food quality in pediatric CKD patients and evaluate food quality and intake as a risk factor of pediatric CKD progression.


RaAnn Merceir

Ra’Ann Merceir

Mentor Name: Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

Current Education: BS Candidate in Public Health at Temple University (Class of 2021)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Multi-parametric MRI and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) evaluation of kidney transplant

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to detect kidney transplant complications through imaging methods such as MRI and contrast-enhanced ultrasound.


Rachael E. Odusanya

Rachael E. Odusanya

Mentor Name: Michelle R. Denburg, MD, MSCE

Current Education: MD/MAUB Dual Degree Candidate at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University (Class of 2023)

Previous Education: BS in Biological Sciences from Brandeis University (Class of 2017)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Patient-Reported Outcomes in Glomerular Disease: Focus on the Musculoskeletal System (PROGRESS) Study

Summer Scholars Project Description: The study aims to determine the burden of patient-reported musculoskeletal complications among children and young adults with glomerular disease. As well as assess patient-reported measures of physical function and pain interference in children and young adults with glomerular disease.


Joya Sims

Joya Sims

Mentor Name: Susan Furth, MD, PhD and Natalie Walker, MSW, LSW

Current Education: BS Candidate in Mathematics at Spelman College (Class of 2022)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Social determinants of health in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the CKiD cohort study

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to assess the association between socioeconomic factors with differences in perceptions of patient-provider communication in pediatric CKD patients.

 

2019 Alumni

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Lindsay Fleischer

Mentor Name: Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

Current Education: MD Candidate at Cooper Medical School, Rowan University (Class of 2022)

Previous Education: BS in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Class of 2018)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Novel Biomarkers in Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) (Part of Novel Imaging Techniques in ARPKD)

Summer Scholars Project Description: The study seeks to assess how serum levels of Galectin 3 (Gal 3) and Intestinal Fatty Acid Binding Protein (I-FABP) are related to ARPKD renal and hepatic disease severity respectively.


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Brianna Heintzelman

Mentor Name: Erum Hartung, MD, MTR

Current Education: BS/MS Dual Degree Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University (Class of 2023)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Diffusion weighted imaging of the kidneys in healthy controls and patients with Autosomal Recessive Polycsytic Kidney disease.

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to develop new imaging biomarkers of kidney disease progression in ARPKD.


Zoey Tweh

Mentor Name: Susan Furth, MD, PhD and Natalie Walker, MSW, LSW

Current Education: Psychology Major and African Diaspora Minor at Spelman College

Summer Scholars Project Title: Prevalence of Exercise in the lives of Children with CKiD

Summer Scholars Project Description: This study aims to assess an adolescent’s hypertension levels alongside their involvement in physical activities and the economic standing of the neighborhood they live in. With these factors the goal is to identify what different populations are engaging in consistent exercise and how this is or isn’t impacting the blood pressure.

 

2018 Alumni

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Tamika Queen

Mentor Name: Sandra Amaral, MD, MHS

Current Education: MD Candidate at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University (Class of 2021)

Summer Scholars Project Title: Risk Factors and Malignancy Outcomes among Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

Summer Scholars Project Description: This is a retrospective cohort study being conducted via chart review to characterize cancer incidence and type among pediatric solid organ transplant recipients at CHOP and to identify risk factors associated with malignancy development in these patients.

Simisola Afolayan

Mentor Name: Daniella Levy Erez

Current Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Summer Scholars Project Title: Urine biomarkers for acute kidney injury in pediatric cardiac surgery patients