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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 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine maintains a database of current research, scholarly, clinical and service opportunities that students can refer to at any time. 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 and are divided into Internal (UC/CCHMC) Research and External Research options. Other resources available to students interested in research and scholarly activity include:

  • 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 2018 summer research projects as examples, as well as a brief description of student expectations, learning objectives, and the availability of a stipend.
  • The UC Research Directory allows users to enter keywords or search for UC experts based on last name, grant funding, or type of studies conducted.

For an overview of research and scholarly opportunities for medical students, view the Medical Student Research presentation.

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

Summer Opportunities Week in November

Summer Opportunities Week includes several events that provide first-year students the 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

2019 Dates Event  Location 


November 12th

12-1 pm

Introduction to Summer Opportunities Presentation


(M1 mandatory)


November 12th

1-2 pm

Summer Opportunities Peer Panel


(M1 mandatory)


November 14th

12-1 pm

RIRC Research Nuts and Bolts Presentation



November 15th

12-2 pm

Research and Service Symposium CARE Atrium 

Research and Service Symposium

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.

Participants should use one of the poster templates below:

For a previously printed poster, it should not be larger than 48 inches in any dimension. 

For abstract guidelines and poster judging criteria, see the following:

Abstracts must be submitted online before September 30th at 11:59pm using this link/form. You will be required to register with REDCap (free of charge) and include your ORCID number in the abstract submission. 

The Office of Students Affairs will sponsor printing costs for completed posters that are submitted by October 31st.


2018 Research & Service Symposium pic 6

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.

FINAL_Bearcat Researcher

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