NIH-funded R25 Resident and Medical Student Research Program

Our mission is to train and develop physician-scientists who will advance the field of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and serve as future innovators and leaders. Our vision for residency training is to engage all our residents in a culture of lifelong dedication to discovery and leadership. Residents selected for the NIH-funded R25 research track will spend 18 months, with 80% time dedicated to research and 20% clinical time. R25-supported medical students will spend nine months working with a research group. All R25-supported residents and medical students will engage in hands-on research and complete a curriculum focused on research skill-building and navigating clinician-scientist careers. R25 participants will be paired with a mentoring team and can choose from a wide and deep selection of research themes within the department and in associated laboratories at Johns Hopkins. Participants will benefit from access to state-of-the-art research facilities, a highly collaborative and diverse research environment, and substantial institutional resources.

Applicant Eligibility

Medical students must be enrolled in an LCME-accredited medical school. Residency applicants must apply through ERAS and match through the National Residency Matching Program. All participants must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident. Our department has long been dedicated to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in our field. Thus, individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in otolaryngology (ethnic, gender, socioeconomic) are encouraged to apply.

If you have questions, please contact Resident and Medical Student Research Program co-directors Amanda Lauer at [email protected] or John Carey at [email protected].

Engaging Resident Investigators

Starting soon after Match Day, residents will find themselves involved in our program. We aim to hold all residents to a high standard of academic achievement.

  • During orientation in June, each incoming resident meets with Drs. Carey, Lauer and Hillel to discuss their research interests and begin a conversation about potential mentors to engage.
  • Each fall, an informal dinner with program leadership offers you and your fellow residents a chance to learn about research opportunities your colleagues have pursued.
  • In the winter of intern year, there is a resident research fair for first-year residents, where PIs in our department give a short presentation on their research efforts.
  • Research opportunities may be in basic or translational science, outcomes research, patient safety and quality improvement, public health, or any other qualified topic with excellent, well-supported mentoring.

Choosing Mentors

Residents and medical students may choose their mentors from the experienced basic scientists and clinician scientists within the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins.

We recognize the strength of research mentors throughout Johns Hopkins and allow residents and med students to choose any of the outstanding researchers in other departments and schools of the Johns Hopkins University or from among our faculty with co-appointments at the NIH as mentors.

Timeline for Research Decision (Residents)

  1. June before start of intern year: Incoming first-year residents meet with the R25 director, director of research and program director.
  2. Oct. 30 of the second year: Residents inform R25 director and PD of research mentors and projects.
  3. Nov. 15 of the second year: Opportunity to apply for an NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant. (Research track only.)
  4. Dec. 15 of the second year: Opportunity to submit CORE Resident Research Grant Letter of Intent.
  5. Jan. 15 of the second year: CORE Resident Research Grant due.

Additional Information

Medical students can apply on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those applying by Feb. 20 in a given calendar year. The anticipated start date is between July 1 and Sept. 1 for each year. Applications for the 2024 cycle can be completed here.

Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Residency Research Program

Learn about the Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery residency research program that’s funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health from current and graduated residents, as well as faculty members. This research program enables residents to learn how to establish and lead a research program while also continuing to gain clinical-surgical experience.