Medical Student Research

Research Requirement

There is a 4 month of completed research required for graduation. The student works with a research mentor to develop a research project, implement the study, analyze the data, and write an MD Thesis. During the 4 month period, the student uploads to e-curriculum their research proposal, 2 progress reports, a summary of their research and the MD Thesis. The MD thesis is written as a scientific paper and is reviewed by faculty members.

Why is there a requirement for the MD Thesis?

This experience is considered an important and essential phase of our curriculum which is designed to promote the development of critical judgment, habits of self-education and imagination, as well as the acquisition of knowledge and research skills. Completing an MD thesis also can give you a competitive edge when applying for residency.

Why perform summer research?

During the summer between M1 and M2 years, the students are encouraged to participate in mentored summer research. Students submit proposals before the summer research begins. There are limited stipends available that are distributed on the merit of the written proposals.

Students who perform summer research and continue with the same mentor for their research block are ~ 20% more likely to publish their findings.

How to get started!

Identify an area of interest (year 1, year 2) - What are you passionate about?

  • Read scientific journals
  • Talk to 3rd and 4th-year students
  • Was there an area of interest from Clinical Immersion Weeks in years 1 & 2?
  • Talk with your Society Deans for suggestions

Identify and contact potential research block mentors (Year 1, 2)

Pick mentor above research topic.

"...The truly complete mentor." This is "a single individual who is able to serve as an advisor/guide, developer of talent/coach, opener of doors/advocate, role model, interpreter of organizational or professional rules, protector, rule setter/boss - and carries on all of these functions on a long term basis."

Most students will e-mail potential research mentors to request an appointment to discuss the possibility of participating in their research clinic/lab.

Only 35% concordance of mentored research end up in the same residency specialty field.