Bone Marrow Transplantation Clinical Research Elective


Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using either the patient’s own stem cells (autologous stem cell transplant) or stem cells from a donor (allogeneic stem cell transplant using a family member, volunteer donor or cord blood) is a potentially curative treatment for patients with advanced hematologic malignancies (myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndrome) as well as non-malignant hematologic disorders.  Retrospective clinical research studies in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation are available for student research elective participation. Specific areas of investigation include outcomes and complications of transplant (disease specific outcomes, outcomes for different transplant approaches, graft-versus-host disease, infections, quality of life, etc).  Students will work on one of the projects outlined above and will have opportunities for gaining experience in research design, methods of clinical research, data analysis, literature search, conducting systematic reviews and manuscript preparation.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations

Interview with course director and/or faculty mentor.


Two modules.  Students must register for two modules. 

Students per Module

Maximum of three

Notes/Additional Information

Blood & Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

A (July 5 - July 29) (Closed to international students)
B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)