on Protected Time
SCSP requires a student to have 80% protected time during the
first year and 75% the second year. The SCSP is not prescriptive
as to how the 20% clinical effort is comprised in the first year,
since some training programs wish to intersperse outpatient and
inpatient responsibilities. However, the 80% protected time is
critical to the student’s success, given the time commitment
required to pursue SCSP-related activities. We’ve learned
that one half-day clinic involves more than 10% effort. Indeed,
many healthcare systems allocate 12.5% effort for each half-day
clinic session to accommodate for out-of-clinic time (e.g., phone
calls, medical refills, review labs). We anticipate that students
will also attend clinical conferences in their divisions and departments,
thus adding to their clinical time. Therefore, a successful model
that has been effective for prior students is to have one half-day
clinic weekly. For most ACGME-accredited programs, this allocation
is also adequate to maintain their required longitudinal experience.
The SCSP Committee on Admissions adheres to the Harvard commitment
to a diverse student population, as reflected in the ethnic and
economic backgrounds of the student body. The HMS Office of Recruitment
and Multicultural Affairs recruits and provides supportive services
to individuals from groups under-represented in medicine. In addition,
the SCSP Executive Committee is committed to ensuring the success
of minority and female students during their tenure in the program.
and Other Costs
Tuition is covered by funds from Harvard Catalyst. Students needing more than 24 months
to graduate are obligated to cover any costs associated with additional
time in the program. Program funding does not support stipends.
Books, library fees, and other ancillary costs are not covered
by the program.
on Completing the Application for Admission to the SCSP
The link to the application appears below. All requested information must be completed in full by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Print copies of applications and supplementary materials will not be accepted. Any questions about the application process can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
be considered for admission to the class commencing in July
2011, applications will be accepted beginning on November
1, 2010. Applications received before this date will
not be reviewed. All applications and supporting documents must
be received electronically by January 7, 2011.
Any applications and supporting documents received after this
date will not be reviewed.
Three letters of recommendation must be submitted, one of which is from your mentor stating explicitly that s/he will be responsible for protecting 80% of your time and guaranteeing your salary support during the two-year program period.
Statement of Intent
As part of the application, you will be asked to provide the following information:
Section A. Describe the general area of research in which you
are interested and your reasons for choosing this area. Limit
your response to 300 words.
Section B. Provide a general outline of the project(s) that
you wish to complete during the tenure of your involvement in
the program. Please provide as much detail as possible, including
hypothesis, methods, and potential pitfalls. If you do not have
a specific project in mind, describe in general what your project(s)
might be. Limit your response to 700 words.
Section C. If you have chosen a mentor, what were your reasons
for doing so? Limit your response to 200 words.
Section D. Describe your short-term and long-term career goals.
Limit your response to 300 words.
Section E. Explain why you believe that the Scholars in Clinical
Science Program will help you achieve these goals. Limit your
response to 300 words.