Medical Student Research Day Slated
Last summer 44 medical students participated in research projects that took them into laboratories, operating rooms, and clinics with Feinberg School of Medicine faculty preceptors. On October 30, 42 students will display the results of their work at a poster session in the Method Atrium. From 4â6 p.m., the student researchers will be available to discuss their projects.
For more than a decade, the Feinberg School has offered students the opportunity to conduct research through the Medical Student Summer Research Program. Says Robert S. Decker, PhD, professor of cell and molecular biology and director of the program, “It helps educate our medical students in the basics of biomedical and clinical research. By participating in medical research, they will acquire a clearer understanding of how new developments in patient care evolve.” The experience also gives students a chance to explore research as a part of their future careers.
Between 50 and 65 students apply to the program each year. They choose from a list of research topics and faculty mentors, write proposals with their mentors, and submit them to the director. The Summer Research Committee evaluates the proposals based on factors such as research design, student/preceptor effort and motivation, and scientific environment. The committee determines funding and issues a written notice to the students and their preceptors.
Students interested in participating in next year’s program will meet on November 6 to discuss the application process with Dr. Decker. The program’s Web site can be found on the Feinberg School’s intranet under “Information for Students and Residents.” The site provides a description of the program, key dates, and a list of departments, centers, and institutes offering 8â12 week research opportunities for medical students.