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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. 

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.

UPDATED 1/24/33

Dear Colleagues,


Please share the announcement about this new 9-12 month Otolaryngology Clinical Scientist Training Program at Keck School of Medicine with your students.


Be well!




UPDATED 1/19/22

Michael E. DeBakey Student Poetry Awards

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, 2022. Guidelines are available at this link: https://www.bcm.edu/departments/surgery/education/debakey-poetry-contest.

UPDATED 1/13/22

Dear Dean Hamm,


On behalf of Global Genes and the rare disease community, I would like to thank your students for participating in the 2021 RARE Compassion Program. Now in its eighth year, our program continues to connect medical students with rare disease patients and families to help foster meaningful doctor-patient relationships, inspire careers in rare disease care and research, and ultimately, through patient-centric listening and interactions, build the next generation of future medical professionals as key advocates for their patients.

This year, medical students will be provided with the opportunity to meet with more patients than in prior years - a total of four patients, both pediatric and adult, in a 4-part rotation. Applications for the 2022 program will go live on January 18th and we ask that you please pass this along to any students or community members that may be interested and benefit from this program! We especially would like to encourage both medical students and patients from underrepresented and/or minoritized communities to participate in the program.


We have attached a flyer for you to distribute to any interested students or school groups.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at compassionprogram@globalgenes.org

Thank you in advance for your help and for your continued partnership. Through the RARE Compassion Program we will continue to turn empathy into compassion, compassion into advocacy, and help build a healthcare system that better serves the rare disease community.

With Hope,

Craig Martin
CEO, Global Genes



CUPID Summer Opportunity

UPDATED 12/13/21

Dear Dr. D'Aquin: 

Please see the attached letter pertaining to a medical student research opportunity (gap year) in dermatology at Northwestern University for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Thank you, 

Alejandra Onate on behalf of: 


Murad Alam, MD, MSCI, MBA 

Professor of Dermatology 

Vice-Chair, Department of Dermatology 

Northwestern University 



UPDATED 12/1/21

Dear Colleagues,­


The application for the MGH Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) opens TODAY, November 29, 2021, at 1pm EST and will close on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 5:00 pm EST. We invite your students who are underrepresented in medicine (UiM*) to apply, and to attend an Information Session on Wednesday, December 1st @ 6 pm! See details below. Please email any questions to srtp@mgh.harvard.edu. 





Summer Research Trainee Program

Center for Diversity and Inclusion | Massachusetts General Hospital

55 Fruit Street, BUL 123 | Boston, MA 02114

Email: srtp@mgh.harvard.edu


Website: http://www.massgeneral.org/cdi

~ Advancing Physicians and Scientists

Mass General Hospital Summer Research Opportunity  

Apply Nov. 29 – Jan. 24, 2022 at 5:00pm E.T.

The Massachusetts General Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) application is open today, November 29, 2021, as of 12 noon EST! SRTP pairs accepted students with an MGH faculty preceptor to provide guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. The MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion founded the program in 1992 for students historically underrepresented in medicine (UiM) who are interested in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. This year the program is taking place June 6, 2022, to July 29, 2022. Please note that this year we have expanded the scope of SRTP to also include students aspiring to obtain a PhD in biomedical sciences. Incomplete applications after 5 pm on Jan. 24, 2022, will not be reviewed. 

For more details and to apply, go to: www.massgeneral.org/cdi/programs

Questions? Email srtp@mgh.harvard.edu



(UPDATED 11/30/20)

Dear Careers in Medicine Colleagues,


The Careers in Medicine team has launched an updated Clinical & Research Opportunities database with a new look and feel.


This tool allows learners to search for clinical and research experiences offered in the summer or year-round, and filter by desired specialty or topic.


We have streamlined these filters and improved the search and sorting features to be more user friendly.


The redesigned tool is also mobile friendly and continues to be accessible without sign-in.


We hope you will share this improved resource with your students. Please direct feedback or questions to careersinmedicine@aamc.org.



Full URL to the Clinical & Research Opportunities database here: https://apps.aamc.org/cim-cr-web/#/user


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.

ADDED 1/13/22


CUPID Summer Opportunity


ADDED 1/6/22

Scholars in Ophthalmology Research Summer 2022 Program for M1 students at Mass Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. The NEW deadline for the applications is February 15, 2022, and the applications are to be submitted to me. 


For more information, please see the attached flyer or visit our website: https://eye.hms.harvard.edu/scholarsprogram




Kahira Saez

Research Training Program Coordinator

Department of Ophthalmology

Schepens Eye Research Institute

20 Staniford Street

Boston, MA 02114





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.
  • 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

ADDED 1/13/22


ACRM Meeting Call for Papers

Added 2/24/2021

Dear Medical Student Educators,


I want to share this information regarding a student-led initiative called The Lens. The Lens is a weekly ophthalmology research newsletter that summarizes key research updates in the field from high impact journals in an easily digestible and accessible format. It is free and only requires an email to sign up. It is a great resource for medical students interested in ophthalmology to increase knowledge and engagement in the field. Please share with your respective ophthalmology interest groups and cohorts of students who are interested in the field.


Here are a few key links that may be helpful as background:



Please feel free to reach out to the co-founders at thelens@lensophthalmology.com for more information.


Thank you,

Ari Kaplan


Ariane Kaplan, M.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor

Departmental OR Medical Director

Medical Student Clerkship Director

Kellogg Eye Center

University of Michigan

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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 oidowu@tulane.edu or 504-988-6834

    If your study is investigator-initiated, funded by NIH, or lacks funding for IRB assistance, please contact Mya Sherman at msherman1@tulane.edu or 504-988-4644