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Medical Student Academic Support & Counseling

Research Opportunities

Research, scholarly pursuits, clinical and service experiences are an important aspect of any medical student’s training.

Medical students may conduct scholarly activity at any time during their training. However, the summer after the first year of medical school is an ideal time to engage in these activities.

The Office of Academic Support maintains a database of current research, scholarly, clinical and service opportunities that students can refer to at any time. Current listings of research opportunities can be found on the Student Affairs (Medical Student Academic Support & Counseling) webpage at Research Opportunities. The list includes positions at the University of Cincinnati, other local programs, as well as programs nationwide. Listings include both summer programs and year-long opportunities. 

A variety of resources are available to students interested in research and scholarly activity. 

  • Identifying a research mentor provides medical students with additional information on potential faculty mentors based on areas of interest.  Individual faculty pictures can then be highlighted to provide additional details, including contact information.
  • Identifying a scholarly project provides medical students with up-to-date information from faculty regarding summer research projects and includes a brief description of projects, student expectations, learning objectives, and the availability of a stipend for the summer researcher.
  • The UC Research Directory allows users to enter keywords or search UC experts based on last name, grant funding, or type of studies conducted.

For details on current research opportunities for medical students, view the UCCOM Summer Research-Service Opportunities presentation.

Additional information can be found on the Office of Research page including research portfolios for all COM departments.

Summer Opportunities Week in November

The annual Research and Service Symposium is co-sponsored by the Internal Medicine Interest Group and the Office of Student Affairs. It provides an opportunity for second-year medical students to showcase and present their summer research and service experience while allowing first-year medical students and the College of Medicine community to learn about what they have done.

This further affords first-year students a chance to identify where their own research and service interests lie. First-year medical students hear from program directors, potential mentors, and service program directors highlighting a variety of local research and service opportunities. Later in the week, a peer mentor panel shares information, advice, and details about their own research and service experiences. 

Student in front of Research Presentation Board

Date Event  Location 

Summer Opportunities Lunch Talk

TBD

(M1 mandatory)

Thursday, November 8th
12-1 pm

Peer Mentor Panel

TBD

(M1 mandatory)

Friday, November 9th          12-1pm 

Research Nuts & Bolts

TBD

Wednesday, November 7th
12-2 pm

8th Annual Research and Service Symposium CARE/Crawley Atrium

4th Year Research Electives

MED 280362 - Basic & Clinical Research for Medical Students - allows students to conduct basic science, clinical, or translational research projects under the mentorship of an established research faculty at UC (including CCHMC) for a minimum of 4 weeks.  The course director is James E. Heubi MD, and the administrative support person is Sandra Geideman.

MED 280357 - Advanced Mentored Basic & Clinical Research - allows MD/PhD students to conduct basic science, clinical, or translational research projects with a mentor with whom s/he has already developed a relationship as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  The course director is Robert (Rocky) Ellis MD, and the administrative support person is Jenny Rindler.

Students at research symposium.

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