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Research Opportunities

How Do I Get Involved in Research?

TUSOM students have plenty of opportunities available for getting involved in research. The most important step in the process is to connect with a faculty mentor. This page is designed to help you do that! Generally speaking, the best time to focus on a research project is during the summer between your T1 & T2 year, since you have plenty of time to do so. However, you can get involved with research at any time during your medical education. 

You may want to familiarize yourself with common ETHICAL ISSUES in research before starting any project. 

If you are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research IN NEW ORLEANS, please check out these funded opportunities:


If you would like to get involved in research, please see "Basic/Bench Research," "Clinical/Translational Research," "Population/Public Health Research," or "Call for Student Researchers" on this page. 

Basic/Bench Research

Students interested in basic/bench research should contact Dr. Derek Pociask for more information.

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here.

Clinical/Translational Research

Student must watch the following video prior to seeking a clinical/translational research opportunity

Students interested in clinical/translational research should consult the list of recommended faculty mentors below. Please contact the faculty member in charge of the project you are interested in directly. Contact Dr. Vivian Fonseca for more information. 

More information on research conducted in these areas can be found here. A list of recommended faculty mentors and their areas of research is also available here. 

Medical Education Research

Students interested in medical education research should contact Dr. Guen Rae or Dr. Chayan Chakraborti for more information.


Physician Scientist MD/PhD Program

Students interested in the Ph.D./MD program should contact Dr. James Robinson for more information.

More information on this program can be found here.

To see some of the scholarly activities of current and recent PSP students, see here

Population & Public Health Research

Students interested in population and public health research should contact Dr. Tonette Krousel-Wood for more information.

If you are interested in the MD/MPH program’s research opportunities, more information can be found here.

If you are interested in completing the MD/MPH program, more information can be found here.

To see some of the scholarly activities of current and recent MD/MPH and MD/PhD students, see here

Calls for Student Researchers

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.

(UPDATED 3/23/23)

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Hey y'all!


Hope that this last rotation is going well for you. I just wanted to send a scholarship for students to are UrIM. It's for those who are interested in anesthesiology and are looking to do an away rotation! If you are a member of ASA, you're eligible to apply.







Hailey Phillips (She/ Her/ Hers)

M.D. Candidate | TUSOM Class of 2025

E: hphillips2@tulane.edu | M: (337) 349-2711

(UPDATED 3/6/23)


Submit Manuscripts for the
MSE 2023 Special Topic:
Students as Future Educators

Dear Colleagues,

In 2023, Medical Science Educator, the journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), will be publishing a special journal section dedicated to the topic of:

Health Science Students as Future Educators:
How to Support and Encourage Them

In this section, the journal would like to explore initiatives from around the world to motivate their students to become future educators.

During their careers as physicians or biomedical science researchers, many will at some point in time get involved in teaching health sciences students. Still, most students graduate without formal training in education. In some schools students can voluntarily get involved in educational activities such as peer teaching, educational committees, and education projects, while in other places mandatory student-as-teacher programs are being offered to teach students the principles of classroom and small-group teaching techniques, and to introduce them to health sciences education scholarship. 

The Editorial Board of Medical Science Educator is currently soliciting article submissions to inform the readership about initiatives to support and encourage students to develop as educators. See our website www.medicalscienceeducator.org for a more detailed description of these article types. All submissions will be peer-reviewed in our regular review process. Accepted manuscripts will be clustered together into a special section in issue 33(6), or will be published in one of the regular issues afterwards.

Manuscripts to be considered for these sections must be submitted by May 1st, 2023 through our online submission system at www.medicalscienceeducator.org. In your cover letter, please refer to the topic “Students as Future Educators” to indicate that you would like to be included in the special section. See our journal website for the Instructions for Authors.

I look forward to receiving your submissions.

Thank You,
Peter G.M. de Jong, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, Medical Science Educator


Submit Your Manuscript

(UPDATED 3/2/23)

ASPIRE Request for Applications

We are currently accepting applications for the ASPIRE (Acquiring Skills and Practice in Research Excellence) program. This is a competitive program which provides stipends for students to conduct research in the summer between their T1 and T2 years. These stipends require a minimum 8-week commitment to full-time research at Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane National Primate Research Center or the undergraduate Tulane campus. In addition to research, students will attend weekly didactic sessions that will cover topics such as research integrity, animal care and use, protection of human subjects, and proposal preparation. Students are required to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions. Students will write and submit an abstract and present their research in one of the required didactic sessions.

The application can be found here: https://applygrad.tulane.edu/register/Aspire


Good afternoon everyone!


I am spreading the word about our summer research fellowship program for medical students who identify as underrepresented in medicine.


Feel free to share!


See attached flyer







Tracey M. Guthrie, MD

Professor, Clinician Educator

Vice Chair for Clinical Faculty Affairs

Assistant Dean for Diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine

Program Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Pronouns:  she, her, hers 



Dear Community,


We are excited to announce that applications are open for our SCORE (Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience) Program with 19 of our residency programs participating! In our 2021-22 cohort, 18 students (25%) of our SCORE cohort matched with us for residency. 


Please share the attached flyer with additional information and website link to your rising fourth year medical students that are underrepresented in medicine. 





Mijiza Sanchez-Guzman, MPA, EdD: Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs 

Lahia Yemane, MD: Assistant Dean for Diversity in GME, Office of Diversity in Medical Education 





Dear Colleague,

Cleveland Clinic offers scholarships to increase representation of medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine. Scholarship recipients participate in a four-week clinical rotation to learn firsthand what it is like to be a resident at Cleveland Clinic and to learn about our values.

During the four-week clinical rotation, the students spend time with the teams that care for patients on either outpatient or inpatient clinical services. Each student is paired with an advisor/mentor who provides career guidance.

Nearly two dozen GME residency programs and a pharmacy residency program are available for clinical rotations. Students can rank up to three clinical specialties for their rotation

Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually. In addition, each of the recipients receives a $2,500 stipend and free on-campus housing.

We encourage you to share this opportunity broadly with students, faculty and community leaders. Details about this scholarship opportunity, including eligibility, are available by visiting the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Elective Program website.  

The scholarships are funded by the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Graduate Medical Education. Together we are committed to developing future clinical, academic and educational leaders, and to further enhancing the diversity of our trainees and graduates.

We hope you share our enthusiasm for this scholarship opportunity. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


James K. Stoller, MD, MS

Chair, Education Institute

Cleveland Clinic


Bud Isaacson, MD

Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic




(UPDATED 2/13/23)

Greetings  colleagues!!!


As we get ready for the next academic year, I am excited to share this scholarship opportunity for visiting ob gyn students. Please, share information with your rising senior students exploring visiting rotations. We are excited to offer a traveling scholarship for obstetrics and gynecology. I will match the $1000 scholarship, as well.


The student can apply for visiting rotations through AAMC visiting student application site below:


UAMS uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. To apply to our school, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. For more information on VSAS, please visit www.aamc.org/vsas or contact VSAS at vsas@aamc.org or 202-478-9878.



Then apply for the scholarship below.

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Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, MBA, NCMP, FACOG

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Executive Director, Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology





Hey everyone,


Please see the link below for more info about the Summer Research Scholarship in Neurosurgery for Black Medical Students hosted at the following institutions:

*University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

*Johns Hopkins

*New York University Langone Health


*University of Nebraska-Lincoln

*University of North Carolina

*Washington University in St. Louis


Per the program site: This nine-week fellowship is available from June - August of 2023. The purpose of the award is to provide a neurosurgical based research fellowship for Black students attending medical school or post – graduate training (Masters or PhD), who wish to gain research experience in the fields of neuroscience and neurosurgery, and have early exposure to the field of neurosurgery.


Deadline for applying is April 1st, 2023. 




Best wishes,



Isabella G McCormack, MS

MD Candidate | Class of 2024

Tulane University School of Medicine

imccormack@tulane.edu | 954-854-9739





Save the date and call for abstracts!

ChangeMedEd® 2023
Sept. 27–29

Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that ChangeMedEd® 2023 will be hosted in-person this year and feature workshops, panel discussions, a poster session, exhibit hall and a variety of ways to network and reconnect with your colleagues and fellow medical education innovators from across the country.

A call for abstracts is now open. Topics that will be highlighted throughout the meeting include:

  • Coaching
  • Competency-based medical education and assessment
  • Equity, diversity and belonging
  • Health systems science
  • Precision education
  • Selection for medical school and residency
  • Transitions to medical school, residency and practice

Submit an abstract now.

Registration for ChangeMedEd 2023 will open on May 24.


(UPDATED 1/27/23)


We would like to spread the word about our summer research fellowship program for medical students who identify as underrepresented in medicine.

Two summer research fellowships are available for medical students from under-represented groups to engage in intensive 8-week summer projects during June and July under the mentorship of a Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior faculty member.
Students who are awarded the fellowship will receive $4,755 to support their living expenses. Students may also be eligible for up to $700 in travel expenses to travel to/from Providence, Rhode Island, and monthly bus passes for local transportation.

Feel free to share!
Please see the attached flyer.



Patricia Poitevien, MD, MSc, FAAP pronouns (she/her/hers)

(hear my name pronounced: https://namedrop.io/patriciapoitevien)

Senior Associate Dean

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Associate Professor of Pediatrics 

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Association of Pediatric Program Directors




The Clinical Neuroscience Research Center (CNRC) led by Dr. Gregory Bix, MD, PhD is seeking motivated medical students for summer research.  The CNRC was recently established at Tulane with the overall mission of developing novel therapies for stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and more recently SARS-CoV-2 and to translate these therapies from “bench to bedside” to improve patient outcomes.


Having research experience is a great way to distinguish yourself as you move forward in your medical career, and your background as a medical student would be valued in the lab.


We have both REMOTE and IN-PERSON opportunities available, ranging from literature reviews to benchwork, for as little as a single week or as much as the entire summer.  Successful participants will be able to produce or be included on either a poster or publication to be presented at a local or national conference, and list on their CV that they are a "CNRC Scholar".


If you are interested, please reach out with a short description of what you can offer in terms of skills and time commitment (a resume or CV is also preferred) to gtalkington@tulane.edu and tgressett@tulane.edu.




Warm Regards,


Timothy E. Gressett

MD/PhD Candidate, Tulane University 

tgressett@tulane.edu | 504.444.6814



(UPDATED 1/4/23)

Dear Colleagues,


Please share this opportunity with your medical students.


The USC Caruso Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Clinician-Scientist Training Program (CSTP) is a 9–12-month research track offering 2 US medical students per year the opportunity to be involved in meaningful research experiences with close mentorship by world-class faculty researchers.  Support is provided by an NIH-NIDCD R25 grant.


Application Cycle: Rolling basis with a March 31, 2023 close for cohort starting July 1, 2023


Please forward the attached flyer to interested medical students or reach out to CSTP_OHNS@med.usc.edu with any questions.


Please visit our program webpage for more information: https://keck.usc.edu/otolaryngology/training-education/medical-student-education/clinician-scientist-training-program-for-medical-students


Teresa L. Cook, M.Ed.

Assistant Dean, Educational Administration

Keck School of Medicine of USC

1975 Zonal Avenue KAM 218

Los Angeles, CA 90089

(424) 261-8308  Cell


(UPDATED 12/21/22)

Good Afternoon:


The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins is accepting applications for its 2023 CUPID Summer Translational Oncology Program.  A copy of the announcement is attached.  Please share this wonderful opportunity with your rising second year medical students. 


If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to email me anytime. 


Best wishes,


Gail D. Voelker

Administrative Specialist

The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

at Johns Hopkins

Department of Oncology Administration

Bunting Blaustein Building

1650 Orleans Street, Suite G91

Baltimore, MD  21287

(410) 322-2763 Cell

(UPDATED 12/16/22)

Good afternoon colleagues, 


The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program works to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping Black, Hispanic, and Native American students become competitive residency applicants. It is offered through a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. The application for the Class of 2023 is now open! We ask for your help contacting current M1 students who are underrepresented in medicine to let them know of the upcoming January 31 application deadline 


Who Should Apply 

Underrepresented in medicine (UIM) students include those who are Black, Hispanic, and/or Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian) or two or more races when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories listed.  


We are seeking students who are in their first year in an LCME or COCA accredited U.S. medical school during the 2022-23 academic year


New for 2023, the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program will focus strictly on students in their first year of medical school. Each year of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program aligns with the students’ journey through medical school. The program will provide students with the chance to interact, be inspired and get assistance on their journey to becoming practicing ophthalmologists in their communities through one-on-one mentoring, webinars, exam preparatory materials, interview workshops and a chance to attend the Academy’s annual meeting. 


To assist you in sharing the program, here you will find: 

  • An email you can send to students 
  • A flyer you can post or hand out to students 
  • Key points about the program for reference 


You can also find more information at aao.org/mentoring


Thank you for helping us share the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program. Let Contact the program directly at mentoring@aao.org if you have any questions. 





Linda V. Jackson, MS

Director (She/Her)

NAMME-National Program Chair

Yale School of Medicine

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Community Engagement and

Equity (DICE)

367 Cedar Street, Suite 320

New Haven, CT  06511

(203) 785-7545

Fax: (203) 737-5507