Thursday, July 21, 2005

Medical Research News

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced a $3.7 million program for medical education:

Medical Students Win HHMI Research Awards
June 30, 2005

More than 100 medical students from medical schools all over the country are learning what life is like in a research lab.

This year, 66 medical students received HHMI research training fellowships, which they will use at medical research centers nationwide. Another 42 medical and dental students were accepted as HHMI-NIH research scholars. They will live and work on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, where HHMI's research scholars program is based at a historic building informally known as the Cloister.
If those students really want to know what life is like in a research lab, I could show them for a lot less than $3.7 million.  This summer would be a good time, as a matter of fact.  

I have a number of large boulders on my property, as well as a few medium-sized hills.  I figure it would take about 10 medical students a few days to roll all of those boulders up to the top of a hill.  I could push the boulders back down to the bottom, and the next ten could come over.  By the end of the summer, all 108 of them would have a pretty good idea of what it is like to work in a research lab. And it probably would be a lot more realistic than living in "The Cloister."