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SURF-CSSR Fellowship

This SURF fellowship is sponsored by the Columbia Center for the Study of Science and Religion.

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), 10-week summer internship, at a local hospice/hospital, doing research related to care of the dying.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants should be juniors, who are taking the pre-med curriculum. You must have a particular interest in working with people during the last few weeks or months of their lives. An interest in bioethics would be nice, but is not necessary.

WHERE: Student will be doing research at the Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, on East 5th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B. Cabrini has a 45-bed inpatient unit for hospice patients who need short term acute care.


1. Education. You will read about treatment of the medical and psychosocial conditions of patients whose care is considered palliative (they will probably live less than 6 months) and end-of-life (they are likely to live only a few more weeks). You will do computer searches on assigned topics and make periodic presentations. You will also work with the staff in following and evaluating palliative patients.

2. Clinical. While this is not specifically a clinical fellowship, you will participate in some clinical aspects of the programs, including going on rounds with attending physicians, and interviewing some of the palliative patients.

3. Research. You will be expected to perform a research project during the fellowship. Most of the research activities are measures of patient palliative symptom/needs and the quality of care provided and outcomes. You will be guided in developing a protocol and learning some of the basics of research methodology.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: As with the other SURF fellowships, you will be expected to:

  • participate in weekly meetings with other SURF students
  • present your research during the weekly meeting
  • write a research paper on your findings
  • present your research at the SURF Symposium in the spring of 2009


  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Ask two people to write a letter of recommendation for you, addressing your suitability for this particular fellowship.  Fill in the names and e-mail addresses of these individuals in the application and they will recieve instructions by e-mail.

To be considered for the CSSR program: When submitting your application to the SURF program, select Dr. Jeff Nichols (CSSR) as one of your desired mentors. Dr. Nichols supervises the CSSR program at the Cabrini Center for Nursing and
Rehabilitation, on East 5th Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.

STIPEND: $4000

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2008

QUESTIONS? Dixie McCulloch,