Research Opportunities

Medical students have a number of outstanding opportunities to garner experience in biomedical research.

All medical students are encouraged to avail themselves of several research options.

About Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are designed to provide medical students access to research experiences in both basic and clinical biomedical sciences.

Year One

An exciting research program is available to students in the summer after their 1st year. This program allows medical students to select a mentor and spend a summer working in his/her laboratory or on a clinical research project.

Summer Medical Student Fellowship Application

Year Two

All year II students are required to complete a medically-related project during year II of their education, the Year II Required Student Project (RSP). Students can select a research project and mentor of their choice to meet this requirement.

Year Four

During the fourth year, medical students can submit requests for additional research experience in diverse fields of basic and clinical medicine practiced at Keck and its affiliated institutions.

Dean’s Research Scholars Program

The Dean has established a competitive fifth year fellowship for those medical students who wish to spend an additional year conducting biomedical research in a discipline and area of their choice. Under the leadership of Dr. David Hinton, director, Medical Student Research Training and Pathology, Neurological Surgery and Ophthalmology, these opportunities are designed to provide medical students access to research experiences in both basic and clinical biomedical sciences.

This option can be pursued between years II and III, between years III and IV, or following graduation.

Required Scholarly Project

The Required Scholarly Project provides medical students the opportunity to become engaged in hypothesis-driven research to promote analytical thinking skills and ultimately, physician leaders. Each student undertakes a faculty mentored research project in a discipline of his or her choice. Viable disciplines encompass a wide spectrum to include: biomedical research, from discover to application and healthcare, i.e., basic science, clinical, educational, behavioral science, health services, community and epidemiological activities. The RSP is interwoven with the curriculum, which includes didactic instruction on topics such as study design and biostatistics. The RSP is a longitudinal experience throughout all four years of medical school, with successful completion being required for graduation. Students with projects deemed meritorious by the RSP steering committee will receive “Distinction in Research” recognition at graduation.

Learn more about the Required Scholarly Project