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TJU Student Research Resources
Research Programs Open to Jefferson Medical College Students
Students can learn about the different research endeavors that take place in each of the academic and clinical departments at Jefferson Medical College by contacting the departments' research directors or departmental administrators. A list of potential research advisors are available at the identify & contact Jefferson researchers.
Faculty members who have a research opportunity for medical students may contact Andrea Cherenack, JMC Office of the Dean (215-503-6166 or Andrea.Cherenack@jefferson.edu).
Overview of Options for Research
College Within The College
A four year, mentored experience, College within the College(CWIC) is designed to supplement the medical school curriculum for those students who seek a scientific concentration in Clinical/Translational Research or Population Health. Elemental components for enrolled students include assignment of a career mentor and a comprehensive curriculum of core topics, assistance in developing a final scholarly project. At the end of the four-year longitudinal program, participants will be prepared as physician-scientists. CWIC students will receive additional distinction as part of their transcript. Interested students can learn more and apply online at the CwiC website.
Interested students must apply to CWIC in January of the first year of medical school. CWIC students are expected to take part in a project during the summer between 1st and 2nd years of medical school (See CWIC directors for more details). Students are encouraged (not required) to apply to the summer research program at Jefferson. There are a variety of other summer opportunities that may or may not provide funds.
Summer Research Programs at Jefferson Medical College
Students are expected to seek out research advisors/opportunities in the following departments and apply online by winter during the first year of medical school. A mentor should be identified at the time of application. In the past, Federal Work Study funds have supported student stipends during research experiences with clinical or basic science faculty actively engaged in research at Jefferson Medical College. It is hoped that such support will exist for the current year.
Dean's Biomedical Summer Research Program
The Dean's Program encompasses the structure that supports the summer student research. Students are encouraged to seek out on campus faculty research advisors in all Jefferson Departments. Students interested in doing summer research in a department which does not have a formal program listed below should identify a research advisor and apply to the Dean's Biomedical Summer Research Program. Transcript Release Required.
Dean's Computer-Assisted Education Development
The Summer Computer Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for first-year JMC students to work closely with faculty in order to develop, or evaluate the use of, instructional technology for the medical college curriculum. The program has produced a wide range of computer-based learning programs and quiz preparation software. Students and faculty work with the Education Services division of Academic & Instructional Support & Resources (AISR), which provides instructional design help as well as support for learning the programming language appropriate for the project and for developing any graphics, animation, video or sound that will become part of the program. Transcript Release Required.
Basic and Translational Research - Department of Medicine Summer Research Program
The program in basic and translational research provides an opportunity for medical students to become involved in fast-developing fields of gene therapy, heart disease, HIV research and immunology. Laboratories of the Department of Medicine provide stimulating environment that enables the participants to learn advanced scientific techniques and pursue cutting-edge research. Transcript Release Required.
Emergency Medicine Summer Research Program
In this 8-week program, the student serves as a research assistant for the Department of Emergency Medicine. The student will assist in patient enrollment and data collection into ongoing clinical emergency medicine research. Research in emergency medicine is focused in the following areas: ultrasound, patient flow through the emergency department, patient satisfaction, resident education, and patient utilization of the emergency department. The participant will also have the opportunity to follow and observe Emergency Medicine physicians as they provide patient care. Transcript Release Required. Students with work-study status will be given priority in the selection process. Students do not need to seek out research advisors/opportunities - those selected for the program will be assigned to work with specific research faculty.
Family Medicine Summer Research Program
In this program, medical students who have successfully completed their freshman year are given the opportunity to participate in ongoing family medicine research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Past research topics include chronic pain, refugee health, palliative care, capillaroscopy, homeless care and ER utilization. The students will also have the opportunity to shadow in the Jefferson Family Medicine Associates office and will attend a lecture series. Transcript Release Required. For more information, go to the Family medicine research page or contact Marianna LaNoue, PhD (Marianna.Lanoue@jefferson.edu or 215-955-8234) or Lisa Michaluk, MSEd (Lisa.Michaluk@jefferson.edu or 215-955-2362).
Center for Urban Health Summer Research Program (Population Health)
In this program, medical students who have successfully completed their freshman year may find opportunities for summer research through the Center for Urban Health. Students work with an interdisciplinary staff in underserved community-based sites, focusing on population health and health services research in target neighborhoods, or on policy related issues that affect chronic disease prevention and management. Past projects have included obesity prevention programs, evaluation of a community based blood pressure screening and education program, and assessment of social factors related to frequent hospital admissions. Transcript Release Required. For more information, contact James Plumb, MD MPH (James.Plumb@jefferson.edu or 215-955-6340).
Neurology Summer Research Program
This program is available to JMC first-year medical students and provides an excellent opportunity for students to participate in basic science and/or clinical research in laboratories of Department of Neurology faculty. The fellowships run nine weeks during the summer break between the first and second year of medical school. Transcript Release Required.
Obstetric and Gynecology Summer Research Program
This program gives medical students the opportunity to work with a research-oriented faculty mentor in obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology or maternal fetal medicine. Students will either take an active role in the mentor's research or may identify a new research project that he/she may want to investigate with direction and leadership provided by the mentor and research personnel in the department. The participant will be given opportunities during the nine weeks to shadow, observe and become involved in the clinical offices, operating room, labor and delivery, grand rounds, journal club and clinical meetings. Transcript Release Required.
Computational Systems Biology
The Systems Biology Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for first year JMC students to work closely with faculty using a systems biology approach in their research. The program introduces clinical researchers to the genomic scale data collection, data analysis, and computational biology typical of systems biology. Research projects can originate in any clinically relevant area but must clearly apply a systems approach. Original projects creating new collaborations between systems biologists and translational researchers are strongly encouraged. All projects are pre-approved by Program coordinators and sponsoring research science advisors. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Orthopedics Summer Research Program
Physician Leader: Javad Parvizi, MD
Surgical Summer Research Program
Primary Contact: Hywda Arafat, MD PhD
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research's (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Program Provides support to both medical students and host departments for 8 to 12 weeks of Anesthesia-related research experience and is an element of a commitment to attract scientific talent to academic anesthesiology. The program hopes that an exposure to the specialty early in the career of medical students will encourage future pursuit of research in anesthesiology and preoperative medicine. Transcript Release Required.
To apply to the Summer Research Programs listed above, please complete the following application by Friday, February 22nd at 5pm
Neurosurgical Scholarship Opportunity
The Thomas Jefferson University Department of Neurological Surgery offers two eight-week scholarships, the William Keene Scholarship and the Jewell Osterholm Scholarship, to encourage medical students interested in pursuing careers in a neurosurgical or spinal-surgical specialty. Students will work with JMC faculty mentors on clinical research projects. The research programs can be tailored to the students' individual interests. Students will also experience clinic and in-patient hospital care settings. Students are expected to either present or publish their research in the neurosurgery community. Support for this is also available. Transcript Release Required.
Sigma Xi is a national organization fostering biomedical research. A research seminar is hosted by the local chapter each spring, with refereed abstracts presentation.
Student Organization Conference Fund
The JMC Student Council supports a limited amount of transportation and/or registration expenses for an otherwise not attendable conference. Up to one request per year may be made by any official JMC student organization.
Medical Student Research Travel Fellowships
A limited amount of funding is available through the Office of the Dean to support medical students who present their research at national or international scientific meetings.