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Medical Student Education

Medical Student Scholars Program

In an effort to recognize the diversity of student interests at the UC College of Medicine and to allow highly motivated students the option of exploring a medically related topic in depth throughout their four years in medical school, we are offering first-year medical students an exciting opportunity—the Medical Student Scholars Program (MSSP).

Students accepted into a MSSP path are engaged in preceptor-supervised educational experiences within a circumscribed area of interest. They participate in clinical and didactic activities that go above and beyond the required components of the medical school curriculum.

Students who successfully complete all MSSP requirements and who remain in good standing in medical school have the MSSP distinction mentioned during the Honors Day ceremony when they are awarded their medical degree and it is also noted in their dean’s letter for application to residency training programs.

The current MSSP paths are:

  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Geriatric
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Women's Health


Child and Adolescent Health

The specialized educational track in Child Health will provide medical students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in academic pediatrics, experience a variety of clinical venues and participate in clinical, educational and scientific research resulting in a scholarly product.

Corinne Lehman, MD


Emergency Medicine

The scholarship track in Emergency Medicine was created in December 2014. Over three-and-a-half years, students will learn about the role of emergency medicine within the healthcare system and the art of caring for undifferentiated, acutely ill patients. Students will develop key procedural and communication skills through a combination of clinical experience, simulation, and discussion. Students are required to complete a scholarly project under the guidance of department residents and faculty. While geared specifically toward students with an early interest in emergency care, knowledge and skills gained will be applicable to any future medical specialty.

Robbie Paulsen MD


Geriatric Health

The Geriatric Medicine Student Scholars Program accepts up to eight students in each entering freshman class, with the expectation that they will all remain in this extracurricular program through the four years of their medical schooling.  Their involvement includes (1) journaling electronically 6 times yearly on experiences or thoughts relative to Geriatrics, (2) experiencing clinical activities with their assigned faculty mentor up to 4 times each year, and (3) attending up to eight special programs provided on geriatric themes (four evening dinners with presentations by the more advanced students) and four sessions of the American Geriatric chapter (a student directed organization) with lectures given by experts in the field.  Between the freshman and sophomore year, all students will complete a research project working directly with a member of the faculty, with plans to publish or present their findings at an appropriate local, regional, or national meeting.

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD



This MSSP is designed to provide an enriched exposure in the neurosciences to students who demonstrate a strong interest. This enhanced experience will be accomplished through a multidisciplinary, longitudinal approach that bridges the pre-clinical and clinical years of student training.

John Quinlan MD



The Nutrition Medical Student Scholars Program (MSSP) provides opportunities for medical students to explore the role and impact of nutrition on growth, development and various disease processes. Students are paired with physician mentors to gain nutrition-related clinical and research experience.  During the summer after the 1st year of medical school, students engage in a research project (clinical or basic) related to nutrition.  Student participation in nutrition-related journal clubs and other relevant experiences such as lectures, conferences, or rounds promotes an understanding of clinical nutrition and the interprofessional approach in health care.  

Bonnie Brehm, PhD


Psychiatry –Behavioral Neuroscience 

Psychiatry-Behavioral Neuroscience Medical Student Scholars Program provides opportunities for medical students to engage in research and clinical exposure, as well as departmental didactics with senior medical students and residents.  You will meet monthly with educational track advisors, designing together a course of study & research based on your own interests in the field.

UC’s Department of Psychiatry boasts one of the top research departments in the nation, with multiple ongoing and new studies in Bipolar Affective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders.

Pierce Johnston, MD


Women's Health

The enhanced educational experience in Women’s Health will provide medical students an opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas of sex- and gender-specific health care.

Opportunities for either longitudinal or multidisciplinary clinical experience will be available. Students will also participate in a summer research project with either a clinical or basic science focus that relates to women’s health.

This will culminate in either a poster or podium presentation. Students will participate in monthly department conferences on women’s health issues. On occasion, additional meetings will be held to reinforce learning objectives introduced in pre-clinical coursework. This educational track is ideal for students who are interested in careers in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine-Women’s Health or OB/GYN.

Approved by the University of Cincinnati EPC, applications are accepted in the fall of the first year of medical school. Two candidates per year will be accepted.

Amy Thompson MD