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NIH IRTA in Bethesda MD

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by [email protected], Apr 25, 2007.


    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    So Im doing a post bac at the NIH and was just wondering if anyone else here is in it and what do you do for fun on the weekends etc. There are other threads on IRTA but they deal with the work aspect more so than the outside of work life.
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  3. GoinBack2Cali?

    GoinBack2Cali? it used to be so cool 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    move into DC, I regret not doing it sooner.
  4. When did you apply and when are you starting there? I'm debating about applying but heard it's really difficult to get accepted.
  5. BigRedPremed

    BigRedPremed Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2005
    Have you joined the listserv? There seems to be some minor events every week organized by the IRTA's (movie nights, frisbee, parties, etc.).
  6. byong_soo

    byong_soo Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    Hey for those of you who are in it, alumni, or who will be in IRTA---- I was wondering how you have decided faculty to work with. NIH has crazy number of faculty and I just don't know how to start. Any many of webpages seem to be very outdated. Thanks for your help.
    I'm especially interested in fluorescent proteins (and advanced microscopy). If you know of any nice PIs, that would be an extra plus. Thanks!
  7. gotmeds?

    gotmeds? 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Aren't you way too smart for them?
  8. amartinezz43

    amartinezz43 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2007
    hey pple, i just applied to the IRTA, how long does it take to get notified and does it improve your chances if you contact a researcher at one of the institutes?
  9. FamousPotatoes

    FamousPotatoes 10+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I'm just wrapping up 2 years as a CRTA. I contacted a couple PIs before I applied but never heard back from them. PIs have access to the database of applicants and can browse for someone they like, that's how I ended up in my lab. So don't worry too much about picking your PI from the start.

    As for social advice: Live in the district. It's much better to have to commute to work than commute to fun. I live in Dupont/AdMo now, and even though my commute is 30-45mins door to door, NIH pays for my metro fare, and once I get home I am steps away from most of my friends, bars, most anything I'd want to do.

    There is an IRTA happy hour every Thursday (DC is huge on happy hours) and various IRTA club sports teams. Everyone in DC also plays kickball. Join a team as soon as you get here. If it's winter, I'd recommend indoor soccer instead. They're both a lot of fun, very social, and a great way to meet new friends.
  10. Waiting4Drexel

    Waiting4Drexel Member 2+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2006
    here is a link to a thread earlier about being an IRTA with links to specific branches so you can find PIs

    i am an IRTA in baltimore at the NIDA. however, i'd recommend trying to find a position in bethesda, where most of the branches are.

    although a PI might email you if you put in an application, it is definitely recommended to email PIs. most of the time they dont have an opening, so you have to email a lot of them. my PI told me that it gives him a headache to look at the list of all the potential IRTAs that put their applications on the website. he said he would much rather have people email him. that way he knew which people were interested in his work and would be interested in working in the lab.
  11. bayberry

    bayberry 7+ Year Member

    Apr 10, 2007
    [email protected]:

    Congrats on your pre-IRTA position! I was at NHLBI and lived in Dupont Circle (DC). I took the red line to the NIH everyday. They pay for your metro tickets so living in DC is totally easy!

    DC is great! I had the best time living there! There's so much to do...Adam Morgan's great on the weekends... I met so many cool international people and locals that promote clubs too! My friend does an awesome promotion on Wednesday nights at FLY, Saki, and Dragonfly. Georgetown is also really cute place to do some shopping and Modern on Thursday night is cool too! There are also a few large 3 story clubs if you are into that.

    There's also tons of great restaurants too! Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese, fusion...etc. Also great music venues like 930 and cool coffe shops like Murky....the list goes on

    As you can see, DC has a lot too offer and a bulk of the people there are in their 20s interning like you!

    Have fun!
  12. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    what's IRTA and CRTA mean
  13. Dooooom

    Dooooom Member 5+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2006
    anyone at NIH now, i'm in building 10 CRC and i'm bored out of my mind!!
  14. ssquared

    ssquared Member 2+ Year Member

    Intramural research training award....and CRTA is just the NCI version.

    But to the OP, go to Thurs happy hours at Rock Bottom....I had a great time last summer hanging out with all of the IRTAs. And live in DC along the metro, and you'll never need to use a car. Have fun at NIH! It's a phenomenal place to work, be sure to take advantage of everything they provide for you.
  15. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Plebians, [email protected] will not deign himself to participate in such pedestrian activites as "happy hours" and "rock bottoms." I believe he was asking for the secret locations of dark reading rooms wherein intellectuals can discuss pre-postmodernism and Coleridge's attempts to neutralize the anti-aesthetic implications of Kant's theories!
  16. MEG@COOL

    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    I bet my PI is way smarter than most physicians :)
  17. MEG@COOL

    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    Actually Im more into existentialist philosophy and fencing.
  18. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    The French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre was sitting in a cafe when a waitress approached him: "Can I get you something to drink, Monsieur Sartre?"
    Sartre replied, "Yes, I'd like a cup of coffee with sugar, but no cream".
    Nodding agreement, the waitress walked off to fill the order and Sartre returned to working. A few minutes later, however, the waitress returned and said, "I'm sorry, Monsieur Sartre, we are all out of cream -- how about with no milk?"
  19. MEG@COOL

    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    Yeah the metro sounds like a good option. Still I will likely have a car there to use occasionally for driving to interviews maybe grocery shopping...
  20. MEG@COOL

    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    I will join it. Thanks.
  21. MEG@COOL

    [email protected] M0DE 01 5+ Year Member

    Why debate about applying? Apply if you are interested. Also apply to other programs. If you apply to enough places you will be able to get a job. I applied to this program as well as positions at a local university, and a biotech company to make sure Id find something.

    I think from the time I applied to the time I was accepted in a lab I wanted in the irta was maybe a couple weeks. The cycle is year round so its never too late to apply.
  22. VD-MD

    VD-MD MS1 2+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2006
    You should definitely contact the PI or one of his/her senior staff if you are interested. Our lab hires IRTAs every summer but the bulk of them actually make the first contact. I think if you list down specific research interests and future goals (ie, medicine), a PI may eventually contact you. A good GPA doesn't hurt either. Glamour photos and measurements are totally optional :laugh:
  23. shevie

    shevie 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2007
    hey not technically an IRTA, I applied for a research position at an NIH lab doing research in the area where I had done 4 summers of rsrch not knowing there was any organized postbac irta program. Unfortunately, my PI already had one postbac working in his lab and couldnt officially hire me as a postbac IRTA until she leaves for med school, because the NIH only allowed for one postbac position in his lab at a its just a different pay scale in the mean time, and im not officially called an IRTA, but same diff i guess. anyway on weekeneds theres tons to do baseball games lots of restaurants, and theres a big irta community so i hear from the other girl in my lab. I get emails all the time for frisbee get togethers, baseball, etc etc. but i live in baltimore and commute daily to bethesda, i moved to MD b/c my husband is doing his masters at UM-Baltimore, so i dont know that much. There is amazing shopping in Bethesda if ur interested, very broad range of stores (from Gap to Gucci and every price range in btwn), even coming from manhattan ive come to appreciate Bethesda for its shopping lol! hope that helps!
  24. Barbarossa

    Barbarossa New Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2006
  25. shevie

    shevie 2+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2007
  26. Eunicegarcia


    Jun 23, 2010
    So I know that the best way to get a chance to be an IRTA is to know first of all if the PI's need an IRTA. For those of you that are in a privilage position.... Is anyone leaving to med-school or something. I know this is the best time to contact a PI, since they will soon have to train a person. Please let us know so we can contact or I can contact the PI....

    Many thanx :D
  27. MUPrincess


    Aug 13, 2009

    I was offered a IRTA position in Baltimore MD but I would rather work in Bathesda, does anyone know if PIs in Bathesda who are looking for students? I would greatly appreshiate the information!


    :luck: MU Princess
  28. cbs21


    Jan 24, 2010
    I'm not sure about Baltimore, but PIs in Bathesda appreshiate students who can spell.

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