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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. A list of departmental research contacts that can help students with identifying research advisors (particularly for summer research work) can be found at the JMC's Student Summer Research Program site.

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 (CwiC)

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 (SRP) at Jefferson (see below). There are a variety of other summer opportunities that may or may not provide funds.

Summer Research Program (SRP)

The Summer Research Program (SRP) is a 7 to 10 week program that provides Jefferson medical students with the opportunity to become involved in basic science, translational, clinical, or population health research during the summer following their first year in medical school. This is an "umbrella" program that encompasses a number of formal summer programs, typically hosted by various departments, centers, etc. Program components include a seminar series, mentored research, and an oral presentation and written abstract. Interested students can learn more and apply online at the SRP website.

Online applications are typically due by the middle of February of the first year in medical school. Funding is generally available through the Federal Work Study program or various departmental sources (see at the SRP website for details).

Research Days

Sigma Xi is a national organization fostering biomedical research. A research seminar is hosted by the local chapter each spring, with refereed abstracts presentation.

AOA is a medical student honor society which also hosts a research day to highlight student projects.

Travel Funds

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.

One-half of travel expenses or $400 (whichever is less) is available to up to ten students who meet the following criteria:
  1. the student must be first author on the abstract and must present the research findings (either poster or oral presentation) at the meeting;
  2. the faculty or departmental sponsor must sign the application and indicate the source of matching funds; and
  3. the research should have been completed while a student at Jefferson Medical College and represent research done at Jefferson Medical College (exceptions must be pre-approved).

Any medical student who has done research while at Jefferson is eligible. For more information or an application contact Andrea Cherenack at 215-503-6166 or Andrea.Cherenack@jefferson.edu.

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