TJU Student Research Resources
Research Programs Open to Sidney Kimmel Medical College Students
Students in the JeffMD curriculum carry out research and other scholarly work within the Scholarly Inquiry component of the curriculum. Every year, the Scholarly Inquiry course site provides updated guidance regarding potential research contacts and projects. Students can also learn about the different research endeavors that take place throughout Jefferson by contacting individual departments' research directors or administrators.
Faculty members who have a research opportunity for medical students may contact Genna Woodyard, JeffMD Scholarly Inquiry Educational Coordinator, (215-955-4212 or Genna.Woodyard@jefferson.edu).
Scholarly Inquiry is a mandatory component of the JeffMD curriculum, that incorporates past programs such as the College within a College (CwiC) program and the Summer Research Program (SRP). Scholarly Inquiry aims to provide students with a wide range of skills and experiences that they need to become critical consumers and producers of medical knowledge. Students select from eight tracks (Clinical Translational Research, Design, Digital Health, Health Policy, Healthcare Systems, Humanities, Medical Education, and Population Health), receive training in a wide range of research domains and topics, and complete self-directed scholarly projects under the supervision of faculty mentors. Educational modalities include lectures, small-group seminars, workshops, team-based and problem-based learning sessions, and online modules. In their first year, students prepare and present a proposal for an independent scholarly project, and start work on its implementation. In their second year, students complete their scholarly project and present their work (poster, oral presentation, and abstract). In their third year, students assemble a portfolio of their scholarly work, and begin planning for a capstone scholarly project. In their fourth year, students implement a capstone scholarly project (typically related to their residency choice), and complete their scholarly portfolio. More information can be found at the Scholarly Inquiry website.
Students may also conduct ad hoc research, outside their Scholarly Inquiry requirements. The scope, timing, and duration of such work is established on a case-by-case basis between the student and his/her advisor.
Research Days are days dedicated to highlighting student research.
- Sigma Xi is a national organization fostering biomedical research. A poster presentation session is hosted by the local chapter each spring, with refereed abstracts presentation.
- AOA is a medical student honor society. A research day to highlight student projects is typically organized each fall.
Medical Student Research Travel Fellowships
A limited amount of funding is available through the SKMC's Office of the Dean to support medical students' presentations of their research at regional or national scientific/research meetings. Travel support (up to $750 per student) is available to students who meet the following criteria:
- the student must be first author on the abstract and must be the one presenting the research findings at the meeting (either poster or oral presentation); and
- the research must have been completed as part of the Scholarly Inquiry component of Sidney Kimmel Medical College's JeffMD curriculum.
The faculty advisor or his/her department or other sponsor is typically expected to provide matching funding. However, this is not an absolute requirement and each student's application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more information, medical students may contact Genna Woodyard, JeffMD Scholarly Inquiry Educational Coordinator, (215-955-4212 or Genna.Woodyard@jefferson.edu).
Student Council Conference Fund
The SKMC Student Council may also be able to provide limited additional travel support. For more information, medical students may contact their student liaisons or Student Council representatives.