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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 1/22/20)

Contact Dr. Hood directly if interested. DOES require time commitment. 


My name is Hunter Hood and I am one of the orthopedic surgery residents at Tulane. Dr. Ramon Rodriguez are about to submit an IRB to begin a research project sponsored by a company called Preptech. We will be recorded time points and cost-benefit analyses comparing traditional preoperative sterile preparation times and costs with those of their Ultra-prep product. We will also evaluate post-operative infection rates between the two methods. They have a doctor of biomedical science who will be assisting our project from an analysis standpoint, but we are looking for someone to assist with data collection on the dates of surgery. Dr. Rodriguez's cases are on Mondays at Tulane Lakeside and we hope to begin the project in February or March. 




Hunter Hood, MD

Tulane Orthopaedic Surgery


(ADDED 1/16/20)


The Tulane University Medical Group is currently in need of 3-4 T4 students to do some data extraction work for their annual quality data submission to CMS. The work can be done on your free time and you will be paid the going rate for students, about $12.25/hr.  It should take about 20-25 hours each over a two-week period. 


Anyone interested or for additional information, please email Joe Esneault directly at

Mr. Esneault is the Executive Director, Clinical Services for the Tulane University Medical Group.


Joe Esneault, MBA

Executive Director – Clinical Services

Tulane University Medical Group

1440 Canal Street, Box 8341

New Orleans, LA 70112

O. 504-988-2671

C. 504-256-9728

(ADDED 1/10/20)

Michael E. DeBakey Student Poetry Awards

For the 17th year, Baylor College of Medicine is pleased to announce the annual Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Awards. The contest honors the legendary, preeminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey strongly advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full enriching intellectual life. Entries for the annual poetry awards program must be marked no later than Jan. 31, 2020. Guidelines are available at this link.




Dipali Pathak

Office of Communications and Community Outreach

Baylor College of Medicine

Direct: 713-798-6826

Main: 713-798-4710

Cell: 832-605-2987


(ADDED 12/6/19)

Dear Tulane Health Sciences Community,


Attached please find the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for our 31st Annual Tulane Health Sciences Research Days, to be held Wednesday–Thursday March 11th–12th, 2020 in the JBJ Building on the downtown campus. This annual event is sponsored by the Office of Research and the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost.


We are accepting submissions from faculty, postdocs, residents, fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students university-wide conducting research in health sciences. Further information, instructions and Submission Form are available at


The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 22, 2020. We look forward to receiving your submissions!



Loula Burton

Health Sciences Research Days

Tulane University

New Orleans, LA 70112

tel (504) 988 3295

 (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

(ADDED 1/27/20)

Gold Student Summer Fellowships



Applications for the 2020 Gold Student Summer Fellowship program are now open!


The Gold Student Summer Fellowship program offers opportunities for medical students to complete a research or service project related to community health. Projects must be focused on understanding and/or enhancing culturally competent practice, developing skills to become a relationship-centered physician, and addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. We are particularly interested in projects that encourage collegial and interprofessional teamwork, are creative, and designed and implemented by students, and, will encourage a lasting or systemic change.


There are two types of fellowships:


The Gold Student Summer Research Fellowship is awarded for research in community health, cultural competency issues and vulnerable population health concerns. The research focus should be on humanistic patient care and as such the proposal should show significant interaction with the target patient population.


The Gold Student Summer Service Fellowship is intended to provide students an opportunity to design and implement a service project addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population. The Foundation’s goal is to provide an opportunity for students to work directly with patients and to become more compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.



If you have any questions about these or any other Gold Foundation programs, please contact Louisa Tvito, Director of Program Initiatives and Assistant Director of the Gold Humanism Honor Society at or 201-735-8724.

  • 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