cloisters is going to start sending out interviews on monday. not sure if via email or regular mail. anyone know what they've done in the past?
Yup, CRTP went out around 5:30 yesterday. I'm assuming they must have coordinated with HHMI to release invites on the same day. The CRTP interviews I know of are on March 4th and 5th. Not sure if there are other dates that they are offering interviews.I heard about the CRTP program this evening in an email. I havent heard from HHMI.
the cloister program IS a howard hughes program. and it's arguably the most prestigious of any of the research year programs due to it being around since the early 80's.I heard today that my classmate is going to turn down a Howard Hughes for Cloister 2/2 prestige. Is the Cloister program that prestigious? I always thought it was Howard Hughes and then everything else. Am I wrong? Are they on equal footing?
Has anyone received anything "official" yet? I mean anything beyond an email? It's sad, but for some reason I feel like we should get something in the mail!
I am midway through the cloister program. I applied during my clinical year (MS2 at Duke). On that note, I would highly encourage people to apply after their clinical year, since so many career decisions are dictated/altered during clinical year.
I basically knew who I wanted to work with long before coming to the NIH, mainly because there is only one person in my field of interest at the NIH. However, for most people, they choose a mentor after coming to the NIH. You spend the first 2-4 weeks meeting with a whole bunch of PIs and getting a feel for their labs.
Since I'm in the cloister program, I don't actually know much about the clinical aspects of the CRTP program. My program has no clinical bent towards it. For some, that works out just as well. However, for people like me who love the clinical side of things in addition to the research, you have to forge your own path.
Is the program worth it? It depends on what your expectations are and what you envision your career path to be. So, it's entirely dependent on you individually. If you want this program to help you bolster your residency application even though you have no desire to do research in the future, I would be hard pressed to justify taking a year out of your life for that. But, even that, it's dependent on you.
To answer diosa428, I was very specific in my interest in research. At the time I was applying, I knew what field clinically I wanted to go into (peds cards) but I did not necessarily know what research aspect of peds cards, which is impossible to know since it will change. So, I talked about my interest in congenital heart disease and tissue engineering, which are two things I've been interested in for a while. However, if you don't know what field you want to go into, there is no reason to just choose one for the sake of the application. There are people in my program who have never done research nor know what field they want to go into. So, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Speaking in general terms is fine.