Medical Student Research

Starting in 2011, Meharry Medical College has required that all medical students participate in a structured short-term research program prior to graduation. This required element begins in the spring of the MSI year and concludes in the MSII year with a poster presentation at Student Research Day. The overarching goal of this requirement is to enhance medical student critical thinking and initiate a continuing discussion on the unique role of the physician in research. Physician-researchers have a broad effect on health and medical care both locally and globally. The critical need for physician-researchers in academic medicine is also emphasized. The research project can be basic/basic translational, clinical, epidemiology-focused, community-based or can involve regulatory and policy issues. Regardless of the type of research or the topic, the student must make the case for the relevance of the project to health and disease. For further information on this program, please contact Dana Marshall, PhD (dmarshall@mmc.edu) or Carol Freund-Taylor, PhD (cfreund@mmc.edu).

 

Principles & Practice of Research (PPR) – ASMD 311

This course will introduce students to a clear understanding of the scientific method. Activities include assembly of a portfolio of materials related to types of research, applications for research opportunities as well as items demonstrating understanding research as applied to clinical medicine. During this course, students will identify a mentor with whom they will work on their hypothesis-driven research activity during the MSRE course. Types of research projects may include laboratory or basic research, clinical research, population-based research or community based participatory research. In order to successfully complete this course, students must complete or update the CITI online training.

 

PPR occurs during the MSI spring semester. This course provides a framework within which the students prepare for their summer research project. In PPR, students receive training in Human Subjects Protections and complete the Group 2. Biomedical research modules available through the CITI ProgramCollaborative Institutional Training Initiative (https://about.citiprogram.org). Additionally, they write a research focused personal statement as well as a preparing an AAMC formatted curriculum vitae. Students also prepare a proposal that is a minimalist version of an NIH research proposal. Mentors are asked to read and sign a mentor letter of agreement that includes the title of the student project and the dates encompassing the eight week time frame, as well as an outline of expectations for the student for completion of MSRE and what we ask of the mentor to support them in meeting these expectations. During this time period, students are also assisted in identifying medical student research programs that will afford them the opportunity to do research in a structured program. Alternatively, they can do research with an experienced research mentor of their choosing anywhere in the world.

(1 credit hour)

 

Medical Student Research Experience (MSRE) – ASMD 443

Through this course each student undertakes a mentored and evaluated individualized hypothesis-driven research project for a minimum of eight weeks. Projects may be selected based on the student’s own preference and may range from basic science laboratory (“bench science”) clinical research, population- based research or community-based participatory research. Students will be supervised directly by an experienced research investigator, at any institution, pending approval. Students will present a description of their activities in a structured abstract along with a poster presentation. 

 

MSRE is a required minimum eight week research experience that occurs upon successful completion of first year courses. It is the first course of the MSII year. The student must complete a minimum of eight weeks of hypothesis driven research in areas relevant to health and disease. Measurable outcomes for the project include a uniformly positive mentor evaluation, an abstract and poster, an electronic poster presentation to peers and course faculty, and finally, participation in the Student Research Day poster session.

Prerequisite: ASMD 311 Principles and Practices of Research; and completion of the CITI online training.

(9 credit hours)

Summer Research Opportunities

Meharry Medical College Programs

Summer Program in Integrative Science and Cancer Research

Meharry-Vanderbilt-TSU Cancer Program (MVTCP)

External Opportunities

Recent mentors and projects. (same as MD10)

Summer research program opportunities. (same as MD9)

 

Institutions Formally Affiliated with MMC for Summer Research

Stanford University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

The Mayo Clinic

Scripps Research Institute

UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Pharmacy

Radiation Oncology Student Summer Research Training Program

The KUMC Department of Radiation Oncology is sponsoring an 8 week summer research program for one student.

 

Eligibility: Any graduate or medical student

Stipend/Award: 8 week Program with a $2,000 stipend

Contact:

Mindi TenNapel
metnnapel@kumc.edu

 

Deadline:

March 1, 2019

Pediatrics Bioethics Internship

The Children’s Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center offers two summer internships for medical students with a demonstrated interest in pediatrics or bioethics.  Interns will conduct mentored research on a self-identified topic of interest.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student with demonstrated interest in pediatrics or bioethics

Stipend/Award: 6 week program with a $2,500 stipend

Contact:

Mary Ellen Hudson
mudson@cmh.edu

Nicodemus, Kansas Annual Homecoming Celebration

Experience health care in a rural setting in Nicodemus, Kansas, while learning new skills as you rotate through different screening stations.

 

Eligibility: 

Stipend/Award: Free housing, meals and refreshments

Contact:

Maria Alonso Luaces
malonsoluaces@kumc.edu

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)

Summer programs at the National Institute of Heath (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

 

Eligibility: Eligibility information will be posted in the Fall of 2018

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with an unspecified stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

January 2019

Mellinckrodt Institute of Radiology Summer Programs

Washington University/Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology co-sponsored 10 week, full time program provides an introduction to current radiological sciences research. Participants develop close interaction between clinical and research sections for possible correlation of biological concepts and clinical activities.

 

Eligibility: All students who are interested in Radiological Science Research

Stipend/Award: 10 week program with a $5,000 stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 2019

Medical Student Training in Aging (MSTAR) Program

Administered by AFAR and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics, with the mentorship of top experts in the field. This program introduces students to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school.

 

Eligibility: Allopathic or Osteopathic medical students are encouraged to apply.

Stipend/Award: 8-12 weeks structured research.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January 2019

Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE)

The Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship MSSCE program has been developed for medical students with a strong desire for clinical experience in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) and who are eagerly seeking opportunities to see patients.

 

Eligibility: First year encourage to apply, but all are welcome.

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a $4,000 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 2019

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Summer Research Program

This 10-Weeks program provides interested students with an opportunity to participate in biomedical research experience related to oncology and to be introduced to the clinical problems presented by cancer patients.

 

Eligibility: All interested students with the ability to submit their research data in journal article format.

Stipend/Award: 10 week program with a $5,000 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 2019

Mayo Clinic Summer Research Fellowship

The Summer Research Fellowship was created to address the need for clinical investigators from diverse backgrounds. Health needs of U.S. minority populations have been studied inadequately, due in part to the shortage of clinical investigators belonging to underrepresented groups. Although the number of clinicians belonging to underrepresented groups has increased, there has not been a corresponding increase in clinical investigators.

 

Eligibility: Under-represented medical college students may apply.

Stipend/Award: 8 to 10 weeks with an unspecified stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

March 1, 2019

Liberal, Kansas Medical Spanish Immersion Weekend

During this inter-professional weekend-long, field-based summer course, you will develop skills and knowledge on cultural competent care.  Participants will be able to practice Spanish in a real context while providing health education and screenings to rural Latino families.

 

Eligibility: Contact Maria Alonso Luaces

Stipend/Award: Free housing, meals and refreshments.

Apply:

malonsoluaces@kumc.edu

 

Deadline:

KU Cancer Center Student Summer Research Training Program

The University of Kansas Cancer Center will be sponsoring a Student Summer Research Training Program this summer for a maximum of four (4) students (undergrad, graduate or medical students). See website for additional requirements.

 

Eligibility: Any classification in medical school

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a $3,000 Stipend

Apply:

sharp@kumc.edu

 

Deadline:
February 2019

Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University is recruiting qualified medical students to work in their summer program. Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth provides academically talented young students aged 8-16 the opportunity to take rigorous summer courses in mathematics, science, computer science, humanities and writing. Medical students during the summer between their first and second years are needed for the position of health assistant.

 

Eligibility: First and/or second year students needed for position of Health Assistant to maintain medical records of students at the site, as well as administering of prescribed medication.

Stipend/Award: $1,200-$1,400 for specified positions for a three week period.

Apply

 

Deadline:
November & December

Injury Research Program

The Center for Injury Research and Policy in the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host its annual Injury Research Program for medical students.

 

Eligibility: All medical students

Stipend/Award: Minimum of 8 weeks with a 40 hours work week; $3,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses

Apply

 

Deadline:
February 2019

Heart, Lung and Blood (HLB) Summer Research Program

The Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program through Case Western Reserve University is designed to engage 12 diverse undergraduates and 8 medical students in state-of-the-art biomedical research in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematological and sleep disorders research.

 

Eligibility: All medical students

Stipend/Award: Minimum of 8 weeks with a $3,500 stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:
March 2019

Harvard-Longwood Short-Term Research Training in Vascular Surgery (NIH-T35)

Harvard Medical School is offering student summer research fellowships in vascular surgery. Seven student research fellowships are available for 10-12 weeks of summer research training in molecular and cell biology, biomechanics, coagulation and thrombosis, and angiogenesis, with a focus on clinically relevant problems such as atherogenesis, intimal hyperplasia, prosthetic/host interactions and thrombosis. This training program is designed to provide medical students with an initial exposure to vascular surgery research.

 

Eligibility: All medical students

Stipend/Award: 10-12 week program with an unspecified stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-December

Harvard Catalyst Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP)

VRIP is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students’ interest in research and health-related careers, particularly clinical/translational research careers. In addition to a mentored clinical/translational research experience, VRIP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty focusing on topics such as research, methodology, health disparities, ethics and career paths.

 

Eligibility: First and Second years

Stipend/Award: Stipend or REIMBURSEMENT up to $400.00 towards the costs of traveling to and from Boston

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-December

Gina M Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowships – The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)

The foundation is offering student summer fellowships to foster an interest among young researchers in systemic lupus erythematosus.

 

Eligibility: Undergraduate, graduate and medical students are eligible to apply

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a stipend of $4,000

Apply

 

Deadline:
April 2019

Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF)

 

Eligibility: First and Second years

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a stipend of $3,200

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-January 2019

Endocrine Society Summer Research Fellowships

The Endocrine Society offers Summer Research Fellowships to encourage promising undergraduate students, medical students and students entering graduate school to pursue careers in endocrinology.

 

Eligibility: The fellowship is open to all undergraduate, medical students and students entering graduate school to pursue careers in endocrinology.

Stipend/Award: 10-12 week program with a stipend of $4,000

Apply

 

Deadline:
December

David E. Rogers Fellowship Program

This program, through the New York Academy of Medicine, offers fellowships of $4,000 each for up to five grants, to support summer projects for first year medical students.

 

Eligibility: First years

Stipend/Award: 10-12 week program with a stipend of $4,000

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-January 2019

Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CSNS/CNS) Medical Student Summer Fellowship in Socioeconomic Research

The fellowship is open to students with an interest in the socio-economic issues that impact the field of Neurology.

 

Eligibility: Open to all medical students

Stipend/Award: 8-10 weeks with a stipend of $2,500

Apply

 

Deadline:
February 2019

Children’s Mercy Hospital Department of Orthopaedics Summer Program

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Division of Orthopaedics has funded one-to-two scholarships for students to do research with orthopaedic staff and faculty.  The purpose of this program is to address important questions that affect the health of Children’s Mercy patients and to introduce promising students to the fields of pediatric orthopaedics and pediatric rehabilitation.  A stipend is granted to students who devote 20 hours per week during the summer months.

 

Eligibility: First and second year

Stipend/Award: An unspecified stipend is available for students who devote 20 hours per week

Apply

 

Deadline:
December 15

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Summer Oncology/Fellowship Program

This program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical students pursuing interests in Oncology Research.

 

Eligibility: First year

Stipend/Award: A weekly stipend of $350.00 per week for 10 weeks. Max of 12 weeks.

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-December

Campagna Summer Research Scholarship in Neurological Surgery

The scholarship supports a 10-week summer semester of research under the supervision of a neurosurgical mentor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and residence expenses in Portland, Oregon. Students in the first or second year of study at an accredited U.S. medical school are eligible to apply. One scholar will be selected annually. Campagna scholars will receive $5,000 for support of travel to and living expenses in Portland. Scholars are eligible for up to $2,500 additional award to support travel to a national neurosurgical meeting to present the results of their research project, under the supervision of their mentor. The OHSU neurosurgical faculty mentor also receives up to $2,500 to cover research expenses. Medical students with a serious interest in neurological surgery are encouraged to apply.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year

Stipend/Award: $5,000 for stipend for support of travel and living expenses in Portland.  In addition, $2,500 to cover research expenses.

Apply

 

Deadline:
February 2019

Betty Ford Center Summer Institute

Often described by participants as “a life-changing experience,” the Summer Institute for Medical Students program provides an inside look at the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing. By shadowing addiction treatment patients and family program participants, you will gain extraordinary insight into the dynamics of addiction and the process of healing.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year

Stipend/Award: Not specified

Apply

 

Deadline:
February 2019

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Program

The purpose of the ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship award is to introduce students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education.  The experience is designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.  This is an 8 week program with a stipend provided.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year

Stipend/Award: Not specified

Apply

 

Deadline:
February 2019

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Summer Fellowships

The Gold Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Summer Fellowship program. The grant award includes a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week period. Projects that do not meet the 10-week requirement will be prorated accordingly. Medical students may apply for either the Research Fellowship or the Service Fellowship program.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year

Stipend/Award: $4,000

Apply

 

Deadline:
March 2019

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program

The MMSAP is an 8-12 week summer research experience for minority students in their first or second year of medical school  The Program provides a $5,000 stipend and a travel allowance.

 

Eligibility: First, Second and/or Third year

Stipend/Award: $5,000

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-January 2019

American Society for Nutrition

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is sponsoring nutrition internships for medical students. Each student will work under a recognized authority in clinical nutrition in a U.S. medical school or hospital. The internships will last eight weeks and usually will be scheduled in the summer, but other times may be arranged.

 

Eligibility: 

Stipend/Award: $2,500

Apply

 

Deadline:
Applications available in the Fall

American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program

The Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 stipends grants to current medical students wishing to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research with esteemed scientist-mentors.

 

Eligibility: Currently enrolled in medical school with appropriate g.p.a.

Stipend/Award: $3,000.00, 10-12 weeks

Apply

 

Deadline:
Mid-January, 2019

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Summer Scholarships in Cardiothoracic Surgery

The AATS Summer Intern Scholarship program introduces the field of cardiothoracic surgery to first and second year medical students from North American medical institutions. By providing an opportunity to spend 8 weeks during the summer working in an AATS member’s cardiothoracic surgery department.

 

Eligibility: First or Second Year Students

Stipend/Award: $2,500.00, 8 weeks

Apply

 

Deadline:
January, 2019

American Association of Neurological Surgeons Student Summer Program

The AANS Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship program is open to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or two years of medical school and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator.

 

Eligibility: First or Second Year Students

Stipend/Award: $2,500.00, 8 weeks

Apply

 

Deadline:
Opens November for Summer

American Academy of Children & Adolescent Psychiatry Summer Medical Students

The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowships offer a chance for medical students to explore a career in child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field.

 

Eligibility: Graduate and Undergraduate with 3.0 Cumulative G.P.A.

Stipend/Award: Maximum is $3,500.00, 8 weeks

Apply

 

Deadline:
Opens in early November with early March deadline

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Pediatric Oncology Student Training

POST program is designed for graduate and under-graduate medical students who have an interest in pediatric oncology research and would like to experience the field first hand.  Students train with a pediatric oncology research mentor.  Students must be able to dedicate between 8 – 10 full weeks to the program .

 

Eligibility: Graduate and Undergraduate with 3.0 Cumulative G.P.A.

Stipend/Award: Maximum is $5,000.00

Apply

 

Deadline:
Opens in late November with early Mid-February deadlines

Student-Faculty Program

Caltech’s WAVE Fellows Program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech’s programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

 

Eligibility:

  • Current 2nd, 3rd, or non-graduating seniors*
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2/4.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA status. Have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. Have prior research experience
  • Not be under any academic or disciplinary sanction

Stipend/Award: $6,275, 10-weeks, $225 housing/travel allowance

Apply

 

Deadline:
Currently open

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

 

Eligibility: Eligibility criteria for NIH SIP 2019 will be posted in fall 2018.

Stipend/Award: Stipends change annually with information to be posted in November

Apply

 

Deadline:
Summer of 2019 opportunities open in 11/18

Year of Research

The need for physicians to understand and/or perform research in their medical careers has come to the forefront over the last two decades. The advent of personalized and evidenced based medicine requires a working knowledge of research methodology and the ability to critically evaluate research outcomes for application to medicine. Additionally, advances in many medical specialties are driven by physician-researchers and research is a valuable component of a career in academic medicine. In 2013, NIH assembled a physician-scientist working group to address the problem of dwindling numbers of physicians applying for research grants and made recommendations for enhancing specific types of training both during, and after, medical school matriculation.

 

While the required 8-week research experience gives the medical student a taste of research, like the research version of a clinical rotation, a longer research experience allows full immersion in the process. A year in the life of a physician-researcher if you will. Students may do the year of research after successfully completing the MSII or MSIII years. The overarching goal of the year of research experiences is to lead to careers in academic medicine. Criteria for participation in a year of research are that the medical student is in good academic standing and has a recognized commitment to pursue research. The student may compete for support through any of a number of recognized programs or they may identify a mentor who is independent and has their own means of supporting the student. Students may also register for credit at MMC through the Medical Scholar Research Experience course.

 

For more information please contact Dana Marshall, PhD or Carol Freund-Taylor, Ph.D.

Year of Research Program Opportunities

Meet the Meharry Medical Scholars

Additional Research Opportunities

 

MD/PhD Program

Contact: School of Graduate Studies and Resarch

 

“The MD/PhD program was established in 1982 and is offered jointly by the School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SOGSR). The program trains leaders in academic medicine by providing education in medicine and immersion in a research program of excellence. Successful completion of the program leads to the MD and PhD degrees.

 

Students considered for admission to the combined degree program must meet the admission requirements of both the medical and graduate schools. Students enrolled in the MD/PhD program matriculate in the School of Medicine for the first two years of their training. After successful performance on the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Part 1, students began their research training inclusive of graduate level courses. Once the PhD requirements are successfully completed, inclusive of publishing a manuscript and successfully defending a dissertation, students re-enter their medical studies and complete the School of Medicine curriculum.” (Course catalog 2016-2017).

 

MSIV Research Elective

Contact: Office of Student Academic Affairs

 

Research electives are offered by several departments in the School of Medicine including Family Medicine (FAMD 602), Internal Medicine (MEDI 643), OB/GYN (OBGY 604), Pediatrics (PEDI 605) and Psychiatry (PSYC 604).