Four Directions Summer Research Program
Creating American Indian Leaders in Medicine
The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is celebrating Our Twenty Two Year History
The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is an exciting summer research opportunity at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for undergraduate students with a commitment to the health of Native American communities. The FDSRP is in its 23rd year, and has brought over 185 students to Boston during this time. We invite students to join us for 8 weeks to engage in basic science or translational research projects under the supervision of Harvard Medical School faculty advisers.
Our previous participants say:
I’ll never forget the great friends that I made while attending FDSRP. Being able to interact and connect with other Natives with similar goals and interests was fantastic!
Four Directions provided an amazing array of career resources such as shadowing physicians, physician speakers, and hands-on science research experience. I had the opportunity to fully immerse myself into the field of medicine and research and meet many great people along the way. I had a better understanding of the medicine, and now can make a well prepared decision about my career.
The program paired me up with great mentors and role models...as well as peers with similar goals and dreams. This provided a great atmosphere where hard work became fun, and academic achievement could be directly applied to meaningful results and relationships.
I have learned so many valuable lessons and more research strategies than I have before in my life just in these past 2 months! I loved the dynamic of the lab and how extremely diverse everyone and everything was.
The program gave me an increased feeling of self-confidence in my abilities as a researcher. I also benefited greatly by networking with other American Indian students. Listening to and sharing our personal experiences with health disparities was probably the most powerful aspect of my summer experience…Overall, FDSRP gave me more motivation and confidence to pursue my goals.
Research experience was valuable in building my confidence. Interaction with physicians helped improve my professionalism for my current job and increase my confidence for my dental school interviews.
It was a major stepping stone in my [medical school] application process. Before going to FDSRP I was very naïve about the entire process about applying to medical school. The FDSRP not only gave me hope, but it also helped me prove to myself and everyone else that it was very much possible for a once-troubled adolescent to achieve whatever I had in mind.
This program helped me network with some of the top health professionals in the U.S. It was very encouraging to meet people that believed we could get into Harvard Medical School and really encouraged us to follow our dreams.