Translational Research Assistants (TRA)

TRA ImageSince 1993, students who have completed the program have successfully matriculated to medical school.

Opportunity for a Future Medical Student

Motivation: A year of scholarship and exposure to clinical and medical administration before attending medical school would enhance one's competitiveness in a top choice of medical school. With the chance of building rapport with potential mentors, one will cultivate research skills and understand the dynamics of the physician-patient relationship. We believe that getting involved in research prior to attending medical school will enhance the quality of your work as a future pediatrician or other clinical practitioner.

Purpose: The Chairman of Pediatrics, Dr. Bernard Maria, at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University has provided the opportunity for future medical students to be employed as translational research assistants.

Since 1993, ideal candidates have aspired to an academic medical career in children's health, and students who have completed the assistantship have successfully matriculated to medical school. Since 2009 in Augusta, the Co-Directors of the Child Health Discovery Institute Drs. Greg Harshfield, Bernard Maria, and Martha Tingen have continued to support the program.

Experiences and Responsibilities

  • Conduct mentored research activities in translational science including community-based research, translational research, or more traditional bench research with opportunities for publications.
  • Work closely with the Child Health Discovery Institute (CHDI), whose mission is to increase and sustain the growth of high quality clinical, translational, and basic children's research at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
  • Collaborate with physicians and first-year medical students in coordinating research opportunities.
  • Participate in clinical observations with hospital physicians.
  • Coordinate with the planning and execution of the annual National Institutes of Health-funded Neurobiology of Disease in Children symposium and contribute peer-reviewed publications.

Eligibility: Candidates should possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree in science or related discipline (by May 2014), available to commence work in early summer 2014, and willing to commit 12 months to the full time position. Please submit a brief letter of interest and resume to the current TRA, Ben Thornton at