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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. 

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 are a T1, and would like to get involved in summer research ELSEWHERE, please see "Summer Opportunities" on this page.

If you are a T2 or above, and 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. Diane Blake 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. 

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.

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.

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.

(ADDED 3/18/2020)

We are currently seeking students who could login remotely to Tulane Meditech to:

1) help us track the daily respiratory status of covid-19 patients

2) potentially become study staff on IRB which will be collecting much more clinical data from consented pts via chart review


Again, all of this would be REMOTE ONLY, no patient contact, and any meetings via zoom.


And response via email would be great,

Sincere thanks,

Dahlene Fusco


(ADDED 3/4/2020)

Hey T1s! 


My name is Sophie- I'm a third-year and I'm looking for a T1 to help with a research project in ortho with Dr. Mulcahey! See below for info- email me if you're interested and I can send you more details! 


The project is a systematic review of dry needling, a physical therapy method used in ortho patients. There is some data published on the subject, but there isn't a good amount of high-quality efficacy data, particularly focusing on clinical outcomes. We did a systematic review of dry needling for musculoskeletal conditions affecting the neck and shoulder. The paper is written and just needs editing and someone to follow it through journal submissions/revisions. Basically, I got on the project at the end of first year but ended up deciding to go into gen surg, so I'm focusing on my gen surg research now, and don't have the time to devote to this project. So, I'm looking for someone to take it over! If you're interested, this would be a great opportunity to get your name on a paper (without having to do all the initial writing grunt work) and work with Dr. Mulcahey. 





Sophia Foroushani

Tulane University School of Medicine

Class of 2021 | 512-536-0524

(ADDED 2/21/20)

On Thursday, March 12 at 4:00 PM, Heather Luciano (Publisher – Health & Medical Sciences, STM Journals, Elsevier) will lead a free workshop for researchers, students, etc. who are interested in publishing articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. This event coincides with Health Sciences Research Days on the Downtown Campus. The details are below. Please feel free to share with anyone you feel would be interested. Registration is not required.


Title: An Introduction to Publishing in Health Sciences Journals

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (1 hour presentation, followed by 30 minute Q&A)

Place: School of Medicine Building (1430 Tulane Avenue - Hutchinson), Room 4150


Speaker: Heather Luciano, MA, MBA


Bio: Heather Luciano, MA, MBA has worked in the publishing industry for the past decade, currently as Publisher at Elsevier in the Scientific, Technical, and Medical Journals division, within the Health & Medical Sciences group, overseeing a portfolio of cardiology journals. Her unique experience in editorial, marketing, and sales throughout the educational publishing industry (at the K-12, higher education, and scholarly/scientific research level), gives her keen insight into the publishing process and how vital the role companies like Elsevier play is in advancing science, technology and health for the benefit of humanity.


Topics can include:

  • Selecting the appropriate journal for your research
  • Understanding the editorial and review process
  • Common mistakes/dos and don'ts
  • Ethics in scholarly publishing
  • Promoting your article for maximum impact


For more information, please contact Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences via email ( or phone at (504) 988-5155.


(ADDED 2/13/20)

Early Bird Registration is now open for GSSA’s 4th annual national symposium in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 13th and 14th. It will include a formal poster session, an op-ed competition, and an innovation night that will be specific to global surgery. There will be a number of phenomenal speakers, including the VP of Innovation from Johnson and Johnson, Global Surgery Directors at Stanford and Utah, and the prior Trauma Director for the WHO.


We are accepting abstracts that highlight rural or global health and all research related to surgery. Registration is only $25 and includes 3 meals! Plus, we are setting up a student hosting program to minimize travel expenses. We hope you can make it!


Visit to learn more and email with questions!


Thank you!


Ha D.H. Le


M.D. Candidate, Class of 2023

University of Utah School of Medicine

(703) 677-0761

Pronouns: she/her/hers


(ADDED 1/31/20)

Hi Everyone!


Dr. McConville in the Internal Medicine & Psychiatry department has asked me to pass along information about this year's Consultation-Liaison & Emergency Psychiatry Conference here in New Orleans May 1-2. MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE WELCOME AND THERE IS N O COST OF ATTENDANCE OR NEED TO REGISTER. Just show up! This is a great opportunity for students interested in psychiatry, med-psych, or EM. There will be three faculty from the Tulane med/psych department giving talks this year including Drs. McConville, Hutchings, and DeMoss. For more information please see the attached flyer or visit .



What: CL and EM Psych Conference

When: May 1-2 

Where: Conference Center at UMC 2000 Canal Street, New Orleans LA

Time: 8am-12pm


I know this is a few months out so I will send a reminder email closer to the event. 



Rachael Stevens


Rachael Stevens

MD Candidate, Class of 2022

Tulane University School of Medicine 


phone: 708.602.0028


 (UPDATED 9/5/19) All of Us Research Study: Tulane University has been selected to be a site for the All of Us research study. This multi-site, five-year NIH study will recruit a million patients, the largest ever proposed! Students who want to participate will need to complete CITI training, and will receive basic training in research practices and customer service. The role of the the students will be to go to our high volume clinics and remind the clinicians there about it, and also talk to patients in the waiting rooms or help them win the CTU with answering questions they may have about the online video. There will be no opportunity to collaborate on a paper for involvement, but students will be able to add this experience to their CV, highlighting the unique nature of the largest NIH study to date. If you are interested, please contact Roberta McDuffie to arrange for an interview.

Summer Opportunities



  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
Funding Opportunities

  • The AAMC maintains a database including both funded and unfunded clinical and research experiences, which can last for the summer or throughout a year.
  • (ADDED 10/18/19) Each year, the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry offers the Karl Jaspers Award for the best paper on a topic in philosophy and psychiatry authored by a student or trainee. The announcement for the 2020 award is attached.
  • 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 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:

A helpful resource when writing grant applications is the "How to Apply" guide by the NIH. You can link into this resource here

Publication and Presentation Information

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.)

Additionally, see our Student Publication Venue guide for inspiration on where to publish.

Tulane Opportunities and Resources

  • Tulane University Office of Research
  • Matas Library
  • Resources for Researchers



    Assistance in navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Tulane is now available to faculty members in the School of Medicine, courtesy of the Office of Research.



  • General guidance on the Tulane IRB and the necessary steps to get approval for human subjects research
  • Specific guidance on the preparation and submission of:
    • Initial submissions for new projects
    • Informed consent and HIPAA documents for new projects
    • Amendments/revisions, adverse event reports, and continuing reviews for existing projects
  • Assistance in navigating IRBManager, the online platform used to manage IRB submissions at Tulane
  • Assistance in IRB submissions for studies that involve multiple research institutions and/or off-site research
  • General questions and resources related to IRB

    If your study has an external sponsor, please contact Olayinka Idowu at or 504-988-6834

    If your study is investigator-initiated, funded by NIH, or lacks funding for IRB assistance, please contact Mya Sherman at or 504-988-4644