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Regina's Hope Medical Program

Regina's Hope Program

The Regina’s Hope program is funded by The KMD Foundation to offer a unique opportunity for students of medicine in the Czech Republic to gain clinical and research experience in state-of-the-art hospitals in Chicago, U.S.A. Currently, the Regina’s Hope program results from a collaboration between Northwestern University Feinberg Medical School (Children’s Memorial Hospital) and the Charles University 2nd Medical Faculty (Motol Hospital).

Students who plan to pursue a career in pediatric medicine and who have a strong desire to gain skills and practical experience in pediatric hematology/oncology are encouraged to apply. The specific goal of the program is to provide a broad based experience in benign and malignant hematology as well as medical oncology through participating in inpatient and outpatient rounds with residents, fellows, and attending faculty. Special attention is given to developing the students’ awareness of ethical issues relating to patient care. For more information about the care and treatment provided at Children’s Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (the location of the student training) and about the research interests of its medical staff, please visit the Center’s website here.

Selected students receive a short-term (4-6 weeks) training in a superb academic environment by working as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for the management of complex patients with a variety of malignancies, including acute leukemia and lymphoma. Students are exposed to various treatment approaches, including stem cell transplantation. During each clinical shift, the supervising physicians directly observe the students’ skills and provide real-time, ongoing feedback.

Students are expected to:
1. Work full-time (40 hours a week).
2. Participate actively, under the supervision of a resident or faculty member of the department, in the evaluation and care of patients.
3. Demonstrate an initiative to learn and to work independently.
4. Attend the participating departments’ lecture series and conferences.
5. Work closely with the department director on selecting a research topic of interest and developing a written report and/or presentation that will be completed by the end of the training.


Trainees must be citizens of the Czech Republic and currently enrolled at Charles University Medical School, Czech Republic. Students in their 5th academic year will be given preference. The Regina’s Hope program trainees must have at least a 3.3/4.0 grade point average, or the equivalent (US grade system table). Interested students will be asked to complete a short application form and write a 500-word personal statement. Following acceptance, students will be required to complete the Northwestern University registration process, which includes a review of official academic transcripts and vaccination records.

Travel and Accommodation

The Regina’s Hope program sponsors the students’ travel and accommodation expenses. Trainees are given a modest allowance for daily living expenses. As part of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine clerkship program, the Regina’s Hope trainees receive health coverage during their training.

How to Apply

Interested students need to complete the Regina’s Hope program application available in Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Students are advised to read the application instructions carefully and to consider the following deadlines*:

December 20: applications are accepted
January 31: applications due
February 15-25: in person interviews scheduled with selected students
March 1: announce acceptance decision
March 7: students confirm acceptance
April 1: students submit application/registration materials to Northwestern University
July 30: clerkship training begins

*Except for the January 31 deadline, all dates are subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact info@thekmdfoundation.org and include “Regina’s Hope” in the subject heading.



The KMD Foundation (The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation) is a not-for-profit corporation organized under
the Illinois General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986 and is a qualified under IRS code section 501 (c) 3.

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