Ignite Magazine | Spring 2021

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Collaboration is at the heart of what makes the NIH exceptional, and a striking humility inspires it. The lead faculty are premier experts in their field, yet the ego of excellence is diluted when one’s colleagues are just as cutting edge.” – Keval Yerigeri

A CRASH COURSE IN RESEARCH BY KEVAL YERIGERI

College of Medicine student Keval Yerigeri took a year away from campus to participate in the Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Through this highly selective program, students from across the country experience research at the highest level and interact with world-class scientists. Yerigeri reflects here on what the standards of excellence and leadership at the NIH have meant to him.

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simple drive-by does not do justice to the sprawling NIH Bethesda campus. Unlike the austere white edifices of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center across the street, the National Institutes of Health are hidden behind multiple gates and a tall forest; several buildings such as the Clinical Center rise above the canopy. Once inside, the breadth of the campus becomes more obvious. The grounds are a jigsaw of 27 separate institutions, allowing labs to collaborate on clinical projects and share rare technologies. Collaboration is at the heart of what makes the NIH exceptional, and a striking humility inspires it. The lead faculty are premier experts in their field, yet the ego of excellence is

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Photo courtesy National Institute of Health