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How to find sponsor for Johns Hopkins Research Elective!

by Medisid


There are THREE ways to find a mentor.

1) Download the pdf elective handbook from visiting students webpage of JHUSOM

Browse through the handbook to your specialty and at end of each specialty there they have listed people who are doing research in what topics in that specialty. Note their names from that and then search their email from myJHU portal using search people.

2) Other option is to go to department pages on the following link

Go to your dept of choice, in the department webpage go to subspecialty page and/or click on 'our doctors/physicians' Most of the departments have their faculty listed in this manner, or someway else. But THEY DO HAVE their faculty listed in every departments. You just have to find the right page. It will take time, so DO Spend time on it. This is crude method, but helpful to find the doctors...........If you find the doctors name, get their email address from myJHU link stated above.

3) Get help from seniors and previous people who went there under some JHUSOM faculty. Ask them for their names/email address. I was successful through this method and I am sorry that my mentor is not free to take more. Even for me he said, he will meet me once fornightly, since he is very busy.


The application and other informations are listed here 

How to email and what to write has been explained by someone in this website. In short, email describing your status in med school and where r u from, next para write your Personal Statement in text and why you wanna do research in that specialty. Add if you have previous research, lab experience or data mining work done previously. Mention them that you are volunteering to work unpaid in JHUSOM research elective program for 8-9 weeks. Mention and Attach your neat CV.

As mentioned before in previous posts out of every 50-100 emails u send, only 5-10 people respond , with 1-2 positive response. These people at the top and they are very busy, so we should understand their committments and not take their no-reply to our emails as personal.

Happy Hunting!

Best Wishes.

 Hi,        I can't seem to


       I can't seem to access the email addresses of JHUSOM faculty for a research elective. I need a JHED login id and password for that. Can you please tell me how can i get this access?

 Thanks in advance

getting sponcer means...


  Kindly tell me dat is getting sponcer mean they will bare all our expences like ticket accomodation etc..if its not that then what does it mean?

what to write

Thank you guys you're doing great job over here

I still want to know what to write, the editor mentioned that someone explained what to write. Could you please submit the link

write? regarding? sorry I did

umar's picture

write? regarding? sorry I did not understand your question!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Research elective vs Clinical elective

thanks guys these posts are super helpful.

Im a 4th (4/5yrs) medical student in the UK and plan to do a surgical residency in 2013, after completing my registration year here.

I've read in some places that for IMGs a research elective is quite beneficial for residency applications. But I only have 2 months off to do my elective, so is it better to do one research elective and one clinical elective, or to do 2 clinical electives (4 weeks each), or to just do one 8 week elective (I've already done a research project and dissertation in my 3rd year)?

I'm struggling to find an answer on any of these medical student forums...

Thank you in advance for any responses!


Thanks a lot for your kind

umar's picture

Thanks a lot for your kind words. The best advice I could give you is to do 8 weeks electives at one University and preferably in same department(of your specialty of choice)... to make good contacts and get good letters. You can do 8 weeks clinical electives, 8 weeks research electives or 4 weeks each but try to do them in same department so that you come to know people better and end up getting good letters. As far as research electives v/s clinical electives are concerned, it depends upon your specialty of interest. Please visit the following link.

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

salam umar bhai umar bhai i

salam umar bhai

umar bhai i have mailed to more than 50 faculty members of john hopkins but yet i have not got any response from them.plz tell me can we apply by jst submitting research elective application.

Best Regards

Sufyan Sadiq

You can try but one rarely

umar's picture

You can try but one rarely gets accepted this way.

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Is it necessary to find a

Is it necessary to find a sponsor for JHU...can't we apply directly by submitting the forms for the research application?

Usually you have greater

umar's picture

Usually you have greater chances of acceptance once you have a sponsor; otherwise it is quite difficult!

I am very busy these days and won't be replying to anymore queries. Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. All the best.

Hey,thank you so much for

Hey,thank you so much for such a awesome update. my jhu link is really very helpful..But up till now  I've mailed 70,80 people but none of them reply positive.I am looking for a date in January ,2011.Can some one tell me how to get the attraction of professors and associates professors so they can accept me in this regard.Thanks!!!

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