Hyattsville, Md. (May 5, 2015) — The MedStar Health Research Institute, in conjunction with the Georgetown University Medical School, is in the third year of awarding a summer research internship, supported by the Pines-Kleinman Mental Health Fund. The recipient of this year’s award is Jeremy Chaikind, a rising second-year medical student who will focus on factors that predict success or failure in treatment for substance use disorders and addiction, under the direction of Risa Fishman, MD and Bruno Anthony, PhD.
The Pines-Kleinman Mental Health fund was established in 2007 with donations from Wayne Pines, a director and former chairman of the board of the Research Institute, Carol Kleinman, MD JD, a practicing psychiatrist in Chevy Chase Maryland, and their family and friends. The intent of the fund is to support a summer research internship in the field of mental and behavioral health. The annual prize is awarded to someone who has demonstrated service excellence, “patient first” activities, innovation, inter-hospital collaboration, and/or leadership in the field of mental health research.
“During this phase of medical education, it is important that students are exposed to medical research and learn its value and the professional fulfillment it offers,” says Neil Weissman, MD, president of the Research Institute.
The summer research internship is designed for rising second year medical students at Georgetown who will work with an experienced investigator to gain greater understanding and experience in research. The intern will take part in a research project that will contribute to a better understanding or treatment of mental health and, ultimately, lead to advancing health care through research.
Katie N. Carlin, MBA
Director, Research Development, Planning and Communications MedStar Health Research Institute