Research and Service Opportunities


Our students gain a strong foundation in both the basic sciences and clinical scenarios throughout their time here, and we believe research is an important skill to solidify this foundation.

A top-five medical school in the nation for NIH funding per faculty member, we can offer our students the chance to participate in internationally renowned basic, translational, and clinical research in cancer, neuroscience, diabetes, immunology, genetics and genomics, health disparities, medical ethics, and many other fields.

Following the completion of their first year, students can participate in our NIH-funded Summer Research Program, an 11-week research opportunity. Students work with faculty mentors throughout the summer conducting research and also attend weekly meetings and seminars. At the end of the summer, they present their work at the Summer Research Forum.

We also provide second- and fourth-year students protected time for research through the Scholarship & Discovery component of our curriculum, and fourth-years can also apply for a Senior Research Fellowship.


As our mission statement illustrates, we are dedicated to helping our students work towards the "betterment of humanity". Many of our students decide to pursue medicine out of a desire to make a positive impact on the world. To that end, we offer students an abundance of service opportunities to complement their course work, including student-run clinics, community organizations, service learning, and volunteer events. We recognize and honor medical students and faculty who practice compassionate and altruistic care with membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society, among other service-based awards.