Drakos Clinical and Research Team
Contact: Dr. Stavros Drakos
Minimum 20 hours per week for at least 4 weeks, with flexible scheduling. Most shifts in both the hospital and the lab begin by 8 or 9 am, and you can choose when to leave. You can also work some weekends, if you’d like.
Dr. Drakos is a professor of cardiology and the director of cardiovascular research at the division of cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He also co-directs the heart failure, cardiac mechanical support, and heart transplant program there. As an MD/PhD, he not only sees patients in clinic but also conducts medical research that will benefit large populations of people with cardiovascular problems. Dr. Drakos has won numerous awards, including recent national recognition by Forbes as one of the nation’s top 27 cardiologists and multiple honors from the NIH, American Heart Association, and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation.
As Dr. Drakos’s intern, you will alternate between two rotations: one clinical rotation at the U of U hospital and a second research rotation at CVRTI. At the hospital, you will observe the clinical cardiology team taking care of patients in the ICU and the inpatient wards and outpatient clinics. At the lab/CVRTI, your level of engagement will determine how involved you become in medical research. While there’s no expectation that you’ll be able to complete and present a final project during this short internship, multiple Rowland Hall interns have continued to work with the team at CVRTI during breaks and summers, even becoming members of their research team as undergraduates. (Dr. Johnson can put you in touch with these alums if you’d like to know more.) In short, this internship will expose you to both the patient-care side of medicine and the research side. If you’re interested in a career in medicine, medical research, or both, this is the internship for you!