Research Opportunities for Learners
The research division is dedicated to training medical, graduate and undergraduate students and residents in the scholarly aspects of primary care. There are experiences for students through established programs and courses and through independent study experiences. All Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) research faculty mentor and train students at various levels, so there are a wide variety of research experiences available to students.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Opportunities
Faculty in the DFCM also serve as mentors to students in independent self-study or electives from their schools. If students have an interest in working with a DFCM research faculty mentor on a project for a course elective, they should contact the research director or the specific faculty member at least 4 months prior to the start of the elective or self-study period.
MedSci 4042L: Practice and Community Based Health Research
This elective for students in the Medical Sciences undergraduate Major or Minor (or other students with permission of the course director) will introduce students to practice and community based research that addresses issues related to health and the delivery of healthcare by primary care. Students will work primarily with a research mentor; the exact tasks for each student will vary. Recent research projects include the studying integrative medicine, improving chronic pain care, assessing social anxiety and alcohol use and studying outcomes of patients with diabetes. Students will also participate in weekly research meetings, 2–3 clinical shadowing sessions observing family physicians, and bi-weekly meetings with the course director. Learn more
Medical Student Opportunities
Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship
Medical students between their first and second year are eligible for the program. This summer experience matches students with a DFCM research faculty member to perform clinical and practice based research. Each student also spends ½ day per week shadowing a family physician in order to see how the research and clinical experiences inform each other. An additional ½ day is spent in an intensive small group session with a DFCM faculty member learning important research skills, including reading and evaluating the medical literature, practice based research, qualitative research skills, health care policy and writing for publication. Stipends are generally available for this experience, and students frequently complete publications and abstracts for presentation. 2019 UC COM Summer Student Application (PDF)
Family Medicine and Family Medicine/Psychiatry residents in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at The Christ Hospital have opportunities to work with faculty in the department to complete research projects in which they are interested. This includes their own ideas for research and working on current faculty projects. Residents are encouraged to disseminate their work at conferences such as the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual meeting and Practice Improvement meeting as well as Behavioral Health meetings. Residents are also encouraged to write up projects and submit them for publication in appropriate journals. Residents are able to apply for funding through the Scholarship Development Fund which are small grants given by the Department for up to one year.
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