REACH Program for Senior Residents

Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health (REACH) Program

The Research and Education in Advanced Clinical Health (REACH) Program is a competitively awarded fellowship program intended to provide 1 year of stipend support for post-graduate veterinarians who have recently completed their 2 or 3-year clinical residency training program to conduct and/or participate in a translational research program. The REACH program can be used as a 1 year post-doctoral experience or as a transition into a formal PhD program.

Most residents pursue board certification in a field of veterinary medicine in anticipation of employment as a clinical specialist in an academic setting. However, some of these residents are also interested in advanced education and training in scientific research to prepare themselves scientifically for an academic clinical career.

Although professional clinical residency programs abound, there are few such research-intensive opportunities available.

The REACH program is designed for individuals who would benefit from one to two years of intensive scientific research training, either through a post-doctoral experience or as an entry point into formal research training program (e.g., NIH T32).

REACH will be administered as a specifically targeted funding component of the Graduate Student Support Program (GSSP).

To apply for consideration, REACH program candidates should complete and submit a regular GSSP application, plus the following in pdf format to:

  • A curriculum vitae or NIH-type biosketch;
  • A letter of intent describing their research interests and commitment to pursue an academic research career;
  • A copy of the application to the graduate program or group, if applicable;
  • A biosketch and letter from the academic mentor with whom the candidate will be working during the year, indicating the mentor’s time and financial commitments to the candidate and an assessment of the candidate’s likelihood for success.
  • A mentoring plan describing how the faculty mentor will provide research and career guidance and advice to the candidate.
  • A funding plan which shows expected/anticipated funds from any source that the candidate intends to use to supplement their REACH funding, to support their research activities, and to pay for tuition and fees (if applicable).
  • If applicable, a letter from the service chief is required, indicating that the applicant will be guaranteed >80% release time from clinical responsibilities during the period of REACH program funding.

A REACH program candidate may request up to a maximum of $46,000 for stipend support (commensurate with the applicant’s level of experience) for a period not to exceed 1 year. If applicable, the amount of award will be pro-rated on the amount of compensation received from clinical service and or any other sources indicated on the application.

REACH Program funding will be awarded competitively to applicants with demonstrated interest in translational research.

Applications will be due January 15, 2014 and reviewed in March by the GSSP faculty review committee.  Up to 2 awards are anticipated and will be announced in early April, with distribution of funds to begin July 1.  Applicants with the highest likelihood to succeed, and those which fit School and REACH Program priorities, will be most competitive for funding.