Medical Student Research

Medical students have a number of outstanding opportunities to garner experience in biomedical research.

All medical students are encouraged to avail themselves of several research options. Under the leadership of Dr. David Hinton, Director, Medical Student Research Training and Pathology, Neurological Surgery and Ophthalmology, these opportunities are designed to provide medical students access to research experiences in both basic and clinical biomedical sciences.

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About Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are designed to provide medical students access to research experiences in both basic and clinical biomedical sciences.

Year One

An exciting research program is available to students in the summer after their first year. This program allows medical students to select a mentor and spend a summer working in his/her laboratory or on a clinical research project.

Summer Medical Student Fellowship Application

Year Two

All year II students are required to complete a medically-related project during year II of their education; Year II Required Student Project (RSP). Students can select a research project and mentor of their choice to meet this requirement.

Year Four

During the fourth year, medical students can submit requests for additional research experience in diverse fields of basic and clinical medicine practiced at Keck and its affiliated institutions.

Dean’s Research Scholars Program

The Dean has established a competitive fifth year fellowship for those medical students who wish to spend an additional year conducting biomedical research in a discipline and area of their choice.

This option can be pursued between years II and III, between years III and IV, or following graduation.

TL1 Pre-doctoral Training Program

This two-year training program is administered by the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI).

Trainees perform mentored research and receive didactic training in clinical and translational research. Students also participate in career development workshops.

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International Travel Fellowship Opportunity

The Breman Foundation has established a number of International Travel Grants for students pursuing clinical research overseas.

Master’s Degree Opportunities

The Keck School offers the following 2-year master’s degree-granting programs specifically geared to physicians:

  • Master in Clinical & Biomedical Investigation
  • Master in Global Health
  • Master in Public Health (MPH)

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