TUSOM students have plenty of opportunities available for getting involved in research. Finding a project to match your interests and the time which you can commit may take some initial legwork, but once you find a project which intrigues you, the rewards are many. Use the resources below and along the side of this page to learn about what research is currently happening at Tulane, and who to contact to become involved.
This section contains contact information SPECIFICALLY seeking student researchers. If you are a faculty researcher who would like to advertise for a student researcher, please email Dr. Katrina D’Aquin.
This mentored research training program is currently accepting applications from pre-doctoral students in health-related profession programs. The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to address disparities and/or diseases disproportionally represented in the Deep South. For more information, see the application. Deadline is January 25, 2019.
Dr. Khaled M. Kebaish is currently inviting medical students to apply for a Clinical Research Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This fellowship is aimed towards third or fourth-year medical students interested in gaining orthopaedics research experience through an immersive, year-long program.
This is a one-year, paid research position dedicated for medical students interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. Successful candidates will be provided with a rich and well-rounded experience that we hope to have a long-lasting impact on their careers. During the year, you will be working closely with Dr. Khaled Kebaish, the chief of spinal surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and other attending spine surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The research you would be involved with focuses primarily on clinical outcomes in adult spinal deformity surgery.
Most of the projects involve a collaborative effort between many within the orthopaedic surgery department (attending surgeons, research scientists, fellows and residents). The spine surgery department has a well-maintained surgical registry that we use for several research projects that are retrospective in nature. You will also have the opportunity participate in research projects led by international study groups and will be part of ongoing efforts to answer major questions in adult spinal deformity surgery. For those interested in population research and large datasets, the department has access to several databases such as NSQUIP, MarketScan and the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). Projects are usually submitted to and presented at several meetings including: Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Cervical Spine Research Society (cSRS), North American Spine Society (NASS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) and the Maryland Orthopaedic Association (MOA).
The department of Orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins also has several educational activities that you are encouraged to take part in. These include weekly grand rounds and monthly journal club held at a house of one of the faculty members. The spine surgery department also has its own weekly journal club, indications conference, and monthly research meetings. Finally, fellows are encouraged to attend clinics with Dr. Kebaish and observe caring for a very unique patient population.
The position requires excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Applicants are selected based on previous research experience, interest, and a video interview. Research fellows typically begin soon after finishing MS3 year, and will work for one calendar year before resuming MS4 year and applying to residency. Applicants finishing MS4 year will also be considered. Previous research fellows have all been successful applicants at top programs in the orthopaedic surgery match.
The application deadline is February 28, 2018, but it is highly recommended to submit your application before that time, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be held in early March, and may be an in-person or videoconference interview depending on your availability. Application materials include a cover letter, CV, and 2x2 headshot. A letter of recommendation is optional. Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Research Fellowship Application”.
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The NIH Intramural Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is seeking applicants. This program is to foster and promote workforce diversity training of future biomedical researchers, especially those who are likely to engage in research that advance the understanding of minority health and health disparities among medically underserved populations. Application deadline is January 11, 2019. You can find more information here.
The Warren R. Bourgeois, III, MD and Usha Ramadhyani Bourgeois, MD Student Research Endowed Fund is a generous endowment which provides support each year to one or two first year medical students for a summer research experience in the Department of Physiology. The donation provides, but is not limited to, stipends, grants, and assistance with conference attendance, travel and other expenses related to the recipients’ research experience. This research experience for medical students brings to the student a potential dual career in research as well as medicine. It reveals to the student they can be involved both in the healing of a patient and in the process of finding cures. For more information, please contact Dr. L. Gabriel Navar, Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology, SL-8639, 504.988.5251.
The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship is designed to foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers. First, second and third year medical students from schools with active AOA chapters are eligible for this award, unless the medical student already has a Ph.D. For information on applying for this highly competitive award, please go to The Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship webpage.
The DeBakey Scholars Program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. Limited summer funding is available for projects and students who qualify. More information on this program can be found here.
Many professional societies provide competitive grant funding for research. The links below should take you directly to the grant pages for the societies listed:
Wondering where you can present your research? Click on our calendar of professional conferences to see when a relevant conference may be happening! (Links to conference information are provided.)