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Research Opportunities

On-Site Opportunities

Summer Research Fellowship Training

The Chicago Medical School supports summer research fellowships for medical students to work with a faculty member on a research project. The research project can be conducted in either a basic science or a clinical department, and usually occurs between a student’s M1 and M2 years. Often, the summer project is a carryover from research initiated in the M1 year, and may carry over into the M2 year, but this is not required.

Each fellowship carries a stipend (currently $4,000), with applications available each spring. Mentors are chosen in consultation with Dr. Bob Marr, Associate Dean for Research, CMS.

Summer Research Academic Credit

Course number MCUR618 is a sophomore elective for summer research credit (two credits).

It takes place in the summer between the M1 and M2 years.

Students identify the research opportunity, and write a proposal with the help of a mentor, and spend eight weeks during the summer on the project. There is no stipend for this project. The same research may be used by a student for this course credit and for the MDDR program.

MD with Distinction in Research (MDDR) Program

​This program recognizes medical students who conduct substantial research during their tenure at CMS.  The distinction is awarded to those who conduct, present, and formally defend an original research project. ​Research for the MDDR may be either basic or clinical, and consists of either original laboratory experiments or prospective/retrospective clinical studies. The research may encompass time spent in the laboratory in the M1 or M2 years, the summer between M1 and M2, and/or elective clinical clerkship rotations in M3 and M4. The medical student should identify an advisor who is willing to provide guidance, lab space, resources, and financial support for conducting​ and reporting the research.​ For further information about MDDR requirements, please contact Dr. Lise Eliot who directs the program.

MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science exemplifies the university's commitment to training physician-scientists for careers in academic medicine and biomedical research. This program is sponsored by the Chicago Medical School in conjunction with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

The Dual Degree Program is a fully-funded program designed for selected students who are interested in a career as physician scientists and whose experience and education has placed major emphasis on science.

More information on dual degree programs can be found at SGPS.

Off-Site Opportunities

Interested students will find many opportunities for research at medical schools and hospitals throughout the U.S. Many provide a stipend in the form of scholarship or fellowship.

For an idea of the types of projects available, visit the American Association of Medical Centers (AAMC) web page dedicated to clinical and research opportunities. There are both summer and year-round opportunities.

We have affiliated off-site clinically related research opportunities at the Sinai Urban Health Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as at the James R. & Helen D. Russell Institute for Research & Innovation at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.