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

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) – Summer Medical Student Fellowship

The AACAP Summer Medical Student Fellowship offers a unique opportunity 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. The fellowship opportunity provides funding for 8-12 weeks of clinical or research training under a child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student may apply.

Stipend/Award: 8-12 week program with a $3,500 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

March 1

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) – Summer Medical Student Fellowship

The AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction offers a unique opportunity for minority medical students, or students whose project will focus on minorities, to explore a research career in substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field.

 

Eligibility: Applications are considered from African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in accredited U.S. medical schools or students whose research will focus on minorities. Project focus must involve substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry. Applications are considered from African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in accredited U.S. medical schools. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Participants must obtain AACAP membership which is FREE for medical students.

Stipend/Award: 12 week program with a $4,000 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

March 15

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) – Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Drug Abuse and Addiction for Minority Medical Students

The AACAP Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse and Addiction offers a unique opportunity for minority medical students, or students whose project will focus on minorities, to explore a research career in substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry, gain valuable work experience, and meet leaders in the child and adolescent psychiatry field.

 

Eligibility: Applications are considered from African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in accredited U.S. medical schools or students whose research will focus on minorities. Project focus must involve substance abuse in relation to child and adolescent psychiatry. Applications are considered from African-American, Native American, Alaskan Native, Mexican American, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander students in accredited U.S. medical schools. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Participants must obtain AACAP membership which is FREE for medical students.

Stipend/Award: 12 Week program with a $3,000 stipend sent to the Mentor for disbursement to the student.

Apply

 

Deadline:

March 15

Unite For Sight’s High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in all, winter, spring or summer quarters in Ghana, Honduras or India. Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps and slums to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Volunteers are encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight’s outreach program. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Eligibility: 18 years of ages or older.

Stipend/Award: 

Apply

 

Deadline:

No set deadline.

Summer Medical Student Internship Program

The SIR Foundation Summer Medical Student Internship Program introduces medical students early in their studies to interventional radiology research and medical device development. The internships are for highly motivated medical students who seek to acquire a fundamental understanding of research methods as they relate to vascular and interventional radiology.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student may apply.

Stipend/Award: 

Apply

 

Deadline:

December 14

Agnew Surgical Society

The Department of Surgery has established an six-week fellowship for MS1 students during the summer following the first year of medical school. This unique program affords pre-clinical students the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a surgeon on the Penn Faculty, learning about his or her day-to-day activities and helping out in the operating room, office and laboratory. The specifics of the projects involved are left to the discretion of the surgeon and student, though a presentation summarizing your experience at the Agnew meeting of the following school year is required.

 

Eligibility: First year Medical students.

Stipend/Award: 6 week program with a stipend of $500.00 for the term.  A $500.00 travel expense will be covered if the project leads to national presentation.

Apply

 

Deadline:

March 1

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) – Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program

 

Eligibility: MD/Ph.D. students who are within 5 years of their first faculty appointment.

Stipend/Award: The ‘A’ Award offers up to $200,000 per year for four years, with the possibility of a fifth year of funding.

Apply

 

Deadline:

Ongoing over the course of four years.

Allegheny Health Network (AHN) – Department of Medicine Summer Research Internship Program

The Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Department of Medicine’s Research Program is based in Pittsburgh, PA. Our annual Summer Research Internship Program typically admits 6-8 students per summer for an eight week research internship conducted under the mentorship of an DOM faculty member.

 

Eligibility: Minimum GPA 3.5. Sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate or medical students at time of application. Foundational coursework in the biological sciences preferred.

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) – Student Research Fellowships

The purpose of the AOA fellowships is to stimulate interest in research among medical students. Areas of research may include clinical investigation, basic research, epidemiology, and social science/health service research.

 

Eligibility: Only one candidate from Penn may be nominated ·For MS 1, 2, and 3; MD-PhD, MD-MPH, MD-MSCE, MD-MTR, MD-MSHP students are not eligible. ·There is no “favored” type of research – clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research are all acceptable ·The strength of the individual proposal is what’s most important ·Min. length: 8 – 10 weeks, no max. length. ·To be eligible, the AOA award must be the major source of funding for the entire project (even if it is a year-long project). The grant cannot be used for research extensions. ·Intended to be for summer research, but research can be done at a different time in the academic year (but must be completed by June 2019). ·The award can fund Scholarly Pursuit*, but ensure that the AOA time frame is appropriate for your Scholarly Pursuit project before applying. ·International projects are generally eligible, including those MS3s who are doing a year out of research internationally. ·The $5,000 award is given for a min. of 8 weeks. There is no additional funding for research lasting more than 8 weeks. ·Important deadline: the project must be completed, all data collected and analyzed, and a detailed final report written and submitted to the AOA office by June 30, 2019. ·IRB or IACUC approval: Approval must be obtained by January 2nd in order to be included in your application. If the chosen proposal does not have IRB or IACUC approval, the runner-up application with approval will be chosen instead. If you need IRB or IACUC approval, it is recommended that you apply for it by mid-November (ask your mentor about the process).

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a stipend of $5,000.

Apply

 

Deadline:

For each year:  Application due to Combined Degree Office (6th Floor JMEC): January 2 (No extensions) IRB or IACUC approval: January 2 Penn Cmt forwards one application for national AOA competition: January 31 Notification of AOA award: April 16 Final AOA written report due: June 30

Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) Program

This program is designed to foster interest in careers in nephrology and research through a week-long research course retreat and long-term mentorship program. Students have the option to choose from two TREKS sites: Mount Desert Island Biological laboratory (MDIBL) in Bar Harbor, ME or The University of Chicago (UChicago) in Chicago, IL.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student may apply.

Stipend/Award: One week in either Bar Harbor, ME June 9 – 16 or Chicago, IL July 21 – 28.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January 17

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program

Providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program. The Medical Research Fellows Program enables students to be immersed in a high-impact, intensive research experience at a critical time in their professional education, before they make plans for residency or postdoctoral training. Unique aspects of the program include national and regional professional development activities, mentorship by physician-scientists, interaction with HHMI investigators, and integration into a community of like-minded peers.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year medical students may apply.

Stipend/Award: 12 weeks with an unspecified stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Virginia Commonwealth University JACK’s Summer Scholar Program

This program provides students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentoring and research. Summer scholars have the opportunity to work with the neonatal team as they provide care and conduct research related to infant and maternal health.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year medical students may apply.

Stipend/Award: 8 weeks with a $1,500 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Vanderbilt Medical Student Research Training Program

This program allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of diabetes, kidney disease, and digestive disease during the summer between first and second or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required.

 

Eligibility: First or Second year medical students may apply.

Stipend/Award: 8-12 Week Program with a $1,950.00 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation Student Research Fellowship

This fellowship stimulates laboratory and clinical vascular research by undergraduate college students and medical school students registered at universities in the United States and Canada. The intent of the fellowship award is to further the student’s education and introduce the student to the application of rigorous scientific methods to clinical problems and underlying biologic processes important to patients with vascular disease.

 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and any medical student registered in the U.S. and Canada.

Stipend/Award: 8-10 Week Program with a $3,000.00 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Vanderbilt Medical Student Research Program Medical Student Research Training Program

This program allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established Vanderbilt scientist in the area of diabetes, kidney disease, and digestive disease during the summer between first and second or the second and third year of medical school. Prior research experience is not required.

 

Eligibility: First and Second year medical students may apply.

Stipend/Award: 8-12 Week program with a $1,950 stipend per month.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Virginia Commonwealth University JACK’s Summer Scholar Program

This program provides students with the opportunity to view the world of neonatology and pediatric subspecialties through clinical mentoring and research. Summer scholars have the opportunity to work with the neonatal team as they provide care and conduct research related to infant and maternal health.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student in the 2nd year or above.

Stipend/Award: 6 Week program with a $1,500 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Medical Research Fellows Program

Providing a year of full-time, mentored laboratory research training to medical, dental, and veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in and commitment to biomedical research, but who are not enrolled in an MD/PhD (or equivalent) program. The Medical Research Fellows Program enables students to be immersed in a high-impact, intensive research experience at a critical time in their professional education, before they make plans for residency or postdoctoral training. Unique aspects of the program include national and regional professional development activities, mentorship by physician-scientists, interaction with HHMI investigators, and integration into a community of like-minded peers.

 

Eligibility: One week program each year; this is a fee-based program.

Stipend/Award: No stipend is paid for this one week program in June of each year.

Apply

 

Deadline:

Second week in January

Kidney TREKS (Tutored Research and Education for Kidney Scholars) Program

This program is designed to foster interest in careers in nephrology and research through a week-long research course retreat and long-term mentorship program. Students have the option to choose from two TREKS sites: Mount Desert Island Biological laboratory (MDIBL) in Bar Harbor, ME or The University of Chicago (UChicago) in Chicago, IL.

 

Eligibility:

Must be a medical student who has completed at least one year of medical school, a graduate student pursuing a PhD or a postdoctoral fellow within his or her first year of training.

Must reside in North America.

This program is not for fellows already pursuing nephrology.

Stipend/Award: No stipend provided, but living quarters and food will be provided for the week.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP)

The MRSP is a yearlong research training program designed to attract creative, research-oriented, medical, dental, and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, M.

 

Eligibility: Rising 4th Year student, but does not exclude second year students in medical school who have strong research interests from applying.

Stipend/Award: Email for additional information.

Contact

mrsp@mail.nih.gov

 

Deadline:

Email for additional information.

Unite For Sight’s High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in all, winter, spring or summer quarters in Ghana, Honduras or India. Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps and slums to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty. Volunteers are encouraged to be proactive in developing their own projects and programs that coincide with Unite For Sight’s outreach program. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Eligibility: This is a volunteer effort, therefore any student may apply that is 18 years of age or older.

Stipend/Award: Assistance with travel and living quarters are arranged.

Apply

 

Deadline:

There is “no” specific deadline as applications are taken throughout the year.

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

This award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student.

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a $3,500 stipend with $1,000 awarded to assist with travel.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 15

American Urological Association Summer Medical Student Fellowship

The Urology Care Foundation offers a portfolio of mentored research training awards intended to recruit outstanding young investigators into urologic research and foster their career success. This fellowship program is designed to attract high-caliber medical students to urologic research by engaging them in summer research fellowships alongside world-class urologic scientists.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student.

Stipend/Award: Various dates throughout the year with a $4,000 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January 12

Center for Injury Research and Policy Program

Participants of the Injury Research Program will have the opportunity to conduct their own research under the supervision and guidance of internationally-known faculty researchers for 8 weeks. Participants will learn important research, statistical, and data analysis skills, learn how to write a scientific manuscript, and complete a manuscript as first author based on their research and submit for publication. More information may be found on the program’s webpage at the link below.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student.

Stipend/Award: 8 weeks with a $3,000.00 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Carolinas Healthcare System

Eligible students will conduct clinical or laboratory research under the supervision of research professionals for 10 weeks during the summer.

 

Eligibility: Undergraduate and any medical student.

Stipend/Award: 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with $1,000 travel stipend and $4,000 stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Levine Children’s Hospital

Our Child Life Internship Program is a 15-week, 600-hour placement. During the internship, an intern will have two rotations: one inpatient and one outpatient. With the guidance of the Child Life manager and the Child Life internship coordinator, interns will choose the clinical areas they would like to serve.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student, but MUST receive credit from their affiliation campus.

Stipend/Award: 15 week with no housing, no uniforms; no mention of any stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

January 5

Atrium Health

The Ross Student Research Fellowship is a 10-week program designed to expose first-year medical students, undergraduate and post-graduate students to clinical surgery, trauma, and research.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student is eligible to apply who are in the first year.

Stipend/Award: 10 week program with an unspecified stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 28

Carolinas Healthcare System Medical Student Summer Scholars Program

This 10-week program is designed to expose clinical and research experience to first-year medical students, undergraduate, and post-graduate students in various fields such as biochemistry, cell biology, clinical trials, molecular biology, outcomes research, physiology, proteomics, and others.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student is eligible to apply who are in the first year.

Stipend/Award: 10 week program with an unspecified stipend.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 28

Cancer in the Under-Privileged, Indigent, or Disadvantaged (CUPID) Summer Translational Oncology Program

This program is a 7-week NCI-funded oncology fellowship with an emphasis on laboratory-based research. This program is focused on medical students who have demonstrated interest in caring for underserved populations and who are exploring careers in oncology. More information may be found on the program’s website. The CUPID program will be conducted at two sites which includes: The John Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore) and Indiana University School of Medicine (Indianapolis).

 

Eligibility: Any medical student is eligible to apply.

Stipend/Award: 7 week program with a $5,000 stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

CUPID Summer Translational Oncology Program

The CUPID Summer Translational Oncology Program is 10-week NCI-funded laboratory-based research experience designed to introduce medical students to oncology. The program is jointly administered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU), Indiana University School of Medicine (IU), and Ohio State University College of Medicine.

 

Eligibility: Any student who will have completed his/her first year at an accredited US medical school or in a US territory is eligible to apply, provided they are academically in good standing.

Stipend/Award: 10 week program  – $4,500

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

This award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student and in good standing at the time the application is submitted.

Stipend/Award: $4,500

Apply

 

Deadline:

October 15

American Parkinson Disease Association Medical Students Summer Fellowship

Eligible students will conduct clinical or laboratory research under the supervision of research professionals for 10 weeks during the summer.

 

Eligibility: 

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

Apply

 

Deadline:

Mid October

Oregon Health & Science University/Cell Developmental & Cancer Biology

Interns will immerse themselves in an 8-10 week research experience over the summer, working directly with established mentors in various fields of biomedical research, including but not limited to cancer biology, immunology, cell and developmental biology, and biomedical engineering.

 

Eligibility: Medical students, as well as undergraduate with a strong interest in a career in biomedical sciences and who have completed introductory science courses.

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with an undetermined stipend amount.

Apply

 

Deadline:

February 15

Diversity Mentorship Program
U.S.
Dermatology Mentorship Program

The Diversity Mentorship Program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student’s choice.

 

Eligibility: Favored towards third or fourth year medical student.

Stipend/Award: 4 week program with a stipend of $1,500

Apply

 

Deadline:

December 1st

Diversity in Vision, Research, and Ophthalmology
U.S., Maryland
Vision, Research, and Ophthalmology Research Internship

The DIVRO program offers each participant the opportunity to work closely with leading research scientists in the Division of Intramural Research and provides hands-on training in a research environment that will prepare them to continue their studies and advance their careers in basic and clinical research.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student with a Cum G.P.A. of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale

Stipend/Award: 8 – 12 weeks Stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

David and Ethel Platt Family Physician Summer Fellowship
U.S., Delaware
Family Medicine Clinical Preceptorship

The David and Ethel Platt Family Physicians Summer Fellowship was established in the name of two exemplary family physicians to help create a way to excite first and second year medical students about family medicine. Four fellowships are offered each year for a four-week externship program where the chosen student will spend a week with various family physicians in Delaware. Most four-week cycles are during summer vacations, but other arrangements can be made as requested.

 

Eligibility: Offered each year for First and Second year students.

Stipend/Award: $2,500.00 stipend for four weeks.

Apply

 

Deadline:

May

Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler’s Health U.S., West Virginia
Global Health / Microbiology Clinical Training Course

The course focuses on the imparting of essential skills and competencies in clinical tropical medicine, laboratory skills in a low-technology setting, epidemiology and disease control, and traveler’s health. The didactic portion of the ASTMH course is conducted by both full-time and clinical faculty at WVU, and by visiting faculty from several American and foreign schools of medicine and public health.

 

Eligibility: All medical students to promote interest and service in global health.

Stipend/Award: 

Contact

 

Jacque Visyak

P: 304.293.5916p
F: 304.293.2209
E: jvisyak@hsc.wvu.edu

American Society for Nutrition/Clinical Nutrition Internship Program

ASN offers nutrition internships for medical students via its Clinical Nutrition Internship Program. This program is designed to increase the role of nutrition in the practice of medicine, medical research, health promotion, and disease prevention by providing a unique combination of educational experiences to medical students.

 

Eligibility: 

Stipend/Award: 8 Week program with a $2,500 stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

March

Clinical and Basic Science Research Fellowships for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students

Based on Interest Research Fellowship

The summer research fellowship was created through grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Mayo Clinic. The comprehensive training program prepares underrepresented students for careers in clinical care and patient-oriented research.

 

Eligibility: First and Second Year Medical students

Stipend/Award:

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Chicago Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (CMMSEM)

Emergency Medicine Clinical Experience

The Chicago Minority Medical Student Emergency Medicine (CMMSEM) program is a city wide cohort designed to expose underrepresented minority (URM) and LGBTQ rising 2nd year medical students to careers in academic and community emergency medicine (EM). Highly qualified individuals will have the opportunity to get first-hand clinical experience in the emergency department (ED). This program will highlight areas in research, mentorship, and residency preparation needed to excel in the specialty of Emergency Medicine.

 

Eligibility: Any second year medical student designed to expose underrepresented minority and LGBTQ rising 2nd year medical students to careers in academic and community emergency medicine.

Stipend/Award:

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

Based on Interest Research Fellowship

Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks, 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school. The name of the fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

 

Eligibility: First or Second Year Students

Stipend/Award:

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Campagna Scholarship U.R. Oregon Neurological Surgery Research Scholarship

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.

 

Eligibility: First or Second Year Students

Stipend/Award:

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant will offer two students a $4,500 package that includes 3,500 stipend for the eight week training program (exceptions can be made for a longer program and will need to be approved by ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and $1,000 toward the cost of travel to the 2019 Annual Meeting.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student

Stipend/Award:

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation

Fellowships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded each year to medical students in the United States or Canada who have completed one or more years of medical school, and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

 

Eligibility: Second year and beyond medical students

Stipend/Award: $2,500

Apply

 

Deadline:

October

Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program

The Vanderbilt Student Research Training Program (SRTP) is sponsored by the National Institute of Health and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, or digestive disease at Vanderbilt during the summer between first and second year or second and third year of medical school.  Program offers career advice and clinical and research seminars about diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, or digestive disease.

 

Eligibility: First and Second year students

Stipend/Award: 10 weeks with stipend of 1950.00 per month

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine’s SPORT program

The Summer Program in Obesity, Diabetes and Nutrition Research Training (SPORT) program offers a 10-week program of mentored research training for medical students during the summer between the first and second year of medical school.  Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), this program offers medical students the opportunity to conduct basic science or clinical research in the areas of obesity, diabetes, nutrition and related diseases.  In the summer, we will match 12 students with one of our renowned faculty members.  At the conclusion of the program, students will participate in a research symposium and have an opportunity to meet other summer research students and mentors and to present their work.

 

Eligibility: First and Second year students

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with a stipend based of $5961

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camps

Travel to the Rocky Mountains for a week of education and discussion on patient safety and quality.  The Telluride Science Research Center(TSRC) has been home to the Telluride Patient Safety Education Roundtable &Student/Resident Summer Camps for ten years, and continues to provide excellent lodging resources and a classroom environment conducive to relaxed learning that allows for both the creativity and openness that stimulates real change.  Students who are excepted receive a  full scholarship covering room, board, transportation voucher and all educational costs.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student

Stipend/Award: No additional date information until later in the year as all slots for Summer 2018 are full

Apply

 

Deadline:

December

Summer Oncology Research Fellowship Program – SORFP

SORFP, sponsored by CHLA and USC (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and at the USC Keck School of Medicine) for more than 30 years is being offered for the Summer. Fellowships have traditionally gone to students from universities and medical schools throughout the United States. Prior candidates have been exceptional students; many are now in academic positions, including full-time cancer research. This program is intended to provide the highest quality experience for first-year medical students pursuing interests in oncology research.

 

Eligibility: First year medical students

Stipend/Award: 10 week program with $4000 stipend paid weekly

Apply

 

Deadline:

Mid-December

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – NIH/NCI-funded Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program

The Pediatric Oncology program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in medicine to gain biomedical and oncology research experience.  Medical students will work in clinical research with physicians and staff in areas such as chart review, record screening and examination, data collection and entry and may also apply to attend clinics and observe procedures.  POE students must be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. POE students must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science and at least a 3.4 overall gpa.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student

Stipend/Award: 10-12 weeks with a stipend of $480 per week

Apply

 

Deadline:

February

Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Siteman Cancer Center invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. This program is designed to provide participants with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer (May-August). Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

 

Eligibility: 

Stipend/Award: 2018 program dates are May 29-Aug. 3, 2018 with a stipend of $6,200

Apply

 

Deadline:

January

Simon Kramer Society Summer Externship in Radiation Oncology

The Simon Kramer Society Externship in Radiation Oncology, awarded annually, provides a unique opportunity for up to two medical students to obtain a six-week experience in Radiation Oncology.

 

Eligibility: Any first or second year student may apply

Stipend/Award: Flexible dates between June and August for a period of six weeks.  Stipend of $750

Apply

 

Deadline:

March

Scaife Advanced Medical Student Assistantship

This specialized program offers students training in the field of Addiction Services. Students who participate in this assistantship/clerkship will gain clinical experience in a variety of areas including screening and diagnosing substance use disorders, motivational interviewing skills, neonatal treatment of chemically dependent infants, maternal addiction, adult and adolescent substance use disorders and more.

 

Eligibility: Any first or second year student may apply

Stipend/Award: 3 week program with a total of $650 for stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

March

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Oncology Research Program

Expand your horizons in the care and treatment of the cancer patient by participatinginstate-of-the-art clinical research. Explore the mysteries of the cancer cell by participating in a basic science research program, or both. Special emphasis is placed on cancer prevention through lectures and practical experiences.

 

Eligibility: Any medical student may apply

Stipend/Award: 8 week program with an unspecified stipend

Apply

 

Deadline:

Early January

Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS)

The Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and the Foundation for PM&R are excited to offer the annual Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students with strong research interests.

 

Eligibility: First year medical students with a strong research interest

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

Apply

 

Deadline:

Early February

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Summer Externship Program

Sponsored by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Northwestern University Medical School.

The externship program is held at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), located in downtown Chicago at the McGaw Medical Center. This program offers a unique and early clinicalexposure related to the care of persons with acute and chronic disabilities for comprehensive rehabilitation. Primarily, students will assist in the clinical management of patients admitted to RIC. In addition, students will participate in a research project in a rehabilitation related field. There will be ongoing didactic and in-service efforts directed at the M1-M2 student level.

 

Eligibility: First and Second Year Medical students

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

Apply

 

Deadline:

Early January

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).