A variety of opportunities are available to students who are interested in doing research while in medical school. Numerous projects are ongoing at any time in Buffalo and several opportunities exist outside Western New York. Students may want to consider undertaking a project not only for the experience it will provide, but because many competitive specialties seek this background in applicants to residency.
During your first year of medical school, we’ll explain the broad range of research opportunities available at UB. If you want to pursue research, you will be connected with a dedicated faculty mentor whose work aligns with your professional interests and objectives.
You can start conducting research during the summer between your first and second years of school—and many of our students do. You may continue researching during your second year, provided it does not interfere with your studies.
In your third and fourth years, you may select research as an elective.
The OME provides an annually updated list of potential basic science and clinical research mentors at UB and holds a seminar each fall to acquaint students with faculty involved in research. The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences also maintains a searchable database with information regarding faculty research profiles, interests and publications
During the academic year, an occasional student may receive financial support for his/her participation if funds are available through a grant or department. Most summer experiences provide funding and students usually need to apply and be accepted to the program.
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Most students are eligible to receive academic elective credit for participation in research activities and should come to the OME for more information on the process.
Students may be eligible for Research or Thesis Honors distinction at graduation for significant research experience that was obtained while pursuing the MD degree.
General information is outlined on the OME Academic Affairs page.
An annual Medical Student Research Forum is held each January. Students can share their research work with faculty and fellow students. Faculty judges review the posters and the top candidates receive cash prizes.
Many students also present posters and talks outside of the University through their summer program, or through organizations like the AMA.
Internal Summer Research
Jacob's School of Medicine is proud to offer a funded "Summer Research Fellowship" to qualified medical students by application. Up to six fellows are accepted each year to this program. With this unique research opportunity you won’t be lost in the shuffle; you will receive more personal attention and research opportunities than less individually focused programs can provide.
You will design and carry out independent research in infectious diseases, microbiology and/or immunology under the guidance of our world-renowned faculty. Your mentor will work with you to develop a project abstract before the fellowship begins and help you see your goals to completion.
Weekly seminars expose you to the topics and people at the cutting edge of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology research. Laboratory practical sessions, training in research methods and ethics, and opportunities to present your work give you the fundamentals to continue in a successful research career.
Additionally, our medical students receive stipends to conduct summer research in several of our departments and divisions, including:
Medical students in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s 10-week summer research program collaborate on research with an attending physician, enroll patients for ongoing studies at Erie County Medical Center, train clinically and present their projects to their peers.
The Department of Family Medicine’s eight-week summer research assistantships pair students with faculty to study such topics as primary care, health services, underserved patient populations, practice transformation and the patient-centered medical home.
Students reinforce their practical research experience with seminars and poster presentations. They may continue working on their research during the school year.
Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology
This in-depth summer research fellowship offers six rising second-year medical students the chance to conduct NIH-funded research at UB or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
These six- and eight-week summer internships combine research and clinical aspects of pediatrics and/or pediatric subspecialties. They take place at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.
External Summer Research
As a rising second-year student, you also may choose to conduct summer research outside of UB.
We have helped identify summer research opportunities for our students at, among other institutions:
- Mayo Clinic
- Harvard Medical School
- St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
- and more!
Information on funding opportunities and programs for medical student summer research can be found in the Office of Medical Education in the Biomedical Education Building. Students are encouraged to visit the OME in Novemberor December of their MS1 year, as many summer program deadlines are in January and February.
Students may also spend the summer between their MS1 and MS2 year doing Global Health activities, other healthcare endeavors, or simply enjoying their summer break.
Year-Long Research Opportunities
The OME can help interested students find year-long fellowships that expand research training and experience. These fellowships can be completed between the MS2 and MS3 years, or between the MS3 and MS4 years.
the following are some of the year-long research experiences in which our students have participated:
- Sarnoff Fellowship Program ¦ Deadline: Early January
- American Heart Association Medical Student Fellowship Program ¦ Deadline: Early December.
- The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Fellows Program ¦ Deadline: Mid-January
- Medical Research Fellows Program @ Academic or Nonprofit Research Institution -Jan. 11, 2016
- Year-Long Medical Research Fellows Program at Janelia or K-RITH ¦ Pre-screening deadline: Early November.
- NIH Medical Research Scholars Program
- Medical Research Scholars Program in Bethesda, MD ¦ Deadline: Mid-January.
- Fogarty International Center Global Health Program ¦ Deadlines vary by site.
- The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Fellowships in Environmental Medicine ¦ Deadling: Late January.
- Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Program ¦ Application cycle opens late fall.
- Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research ¦ Deadline: Early December.
More information about these opportunities can be found in the Office of Medical Education. Students can also make appointments with any of the assistant deans to learn about specific opportunities that might match their interests.