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Research Track

The Research Track has completed its application process for the class of 2019.  Opportunities for the Class of 2020 have not been fully delineated but may include opportunities in:

Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Cancer, Cell and Developmental Biology, Child Psychiatry, Dermatology, Immunology and Microbiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, and Surgery

Some of the Projects available to the class of 2019 remain listed here for information purposes only. Available projects and project areas vary from year to year. Projects can be searched by Area of Study, Population, Research Method, Disease or Symptom, Funding Source or Department (see Navigation Panel to the left).

Opportunities vary from year to year:​

Program Description

The SOM Research Track provides students with in-depth long-term exposure to research. This is an open and competitive program for all first year medical students. Students admitted the program will:

    • Work with a mentor to build a research plan
    • Carry out that plan through their four years of medical school
    • Receive a stipend over the summer between Phase I and Phase II
    • Receive a second stipend during the 4th year of medical school
    • Have multiple opportunities to present their findings
    • Present their research at the Western Student Medical Research Forum in Carmel California
    • Present their research at a national meeting in their specialty
    • Submit a first-author manuscript prior to residency

The Research Track is a four-year program. Students leave medical school prepared to continue their research into residency, fellowship and throughout their academic careers.


The Research Track also serves the dual purpose of fulfilling students' Mentored Scholarly Activity​ requirement.