September 2013 Technion – University of Toronto Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Programs

Technion – University of Toronto Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students (CREMS) Programs is meant to be a unique research program in Canada that allows interested medical students to gain extracurricular research experiences in various structured programs without interrupting their medical studies. As part of the CREMS programs, a longitudinal program (20 months) was established where participants receive formal recognition for successful completion. Also, the opportunity for a shorter summer program of research experience (10-12 weeks) was expanded. Specifically, the objectives of these programs are to meet the needs of medical students to explore research and gain valuable research experience, to prepare medical students for a career as a physician with a good research foundation and understanding of biomedical research, and to engage and encourage students to consider a career as a clinician-scientist.

The goal of this program is to support the paradigm of fostering international scientific research communication and collaboration at a very formative stage of student training between the Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion‐Israel Institute of Technology and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. These two medical schools have excellent and well recognized medical educational programs producing graduates who are not only top clinicians, but also leading clinician‐scientists in health research. Both schools have faculty members who provide enormous breadth and depth in basic and applied biomedical research.

The 2013 Luncheon at the University of Toronto Faculty Club took place on September 24. Pictured are: Dr. George Fantus, Head of CREMS Program, Professor Mojgan Hodaie, Staff Neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, Sapir Bar – CREMS Technion Student, Thomas Berk – CREMS UofT Mississauga Medical Student and Inna Genkin – CREMS UofT Medical Student