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  • Summer Opportunities for Medical Students

    The School of Medicine funds and/or coordinates a number of opportunities for UMMC students during the summer following the first year. A wide range of clinical and research experiences are available on a recurring basis. Additional opportunities for summer employment exist on a periodic basis based on funding, mentor and project availability. It's typical for as many as 50 rising second-year students to participate in one of the following programs. All students receive a modest stipend for participation.

    Dean's Clinical Observership

    The Dean's Office organizes a number of observership opportunities in participating clinical departments between the M1 and M2 years. The program does offer flexibility to students who have additional commitments. Clinical areas participating include but are not limited to: Internal Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesia, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Otolaryngology, and Family Medicine. The typical student will observe in four specialties for one week each. A simple email ( is your resource for questions. An information meeting typically occurs in December. Planning will be finalized by spring break.

    Medical Student Research Program

    Fostering an environment with hopes of developing medical students into academic clinicians; the Office or Research in partnership with the Heron Foundation directs the Medical Student Research Program. Accepted students will be exposed to the broad variety of investigation ongoing at the institution in order to stimulate interest in careers in academic medicine. The successful student has the opportunity for continued participation in the Medical Student Research Program for the remaining years of his or her medical school training. Interested parties can learn more about the program at MSRP. Questions can be directed to Jerry Clark in the Department of Medicine at

    MSRP Summer Student Research Fellowship

    In partnership with the Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) and the Office of Research, the School of Medicine funds summer research opportunities for roughly twelve University of Mississippi Medical Students between the first and second year. Research is an important element of a well rounded medical education and a wide range of experiences exist. Direct your specific questions regarding the program to Jerry Clark in the School of Medicine at Program criteria and schedules can be found at MSRP Summer Student Research Fellowship.

    Jackson Heart Study

    Dr. Herman Taylor has given a number of medical students tremendous exposure to clinical research as director and Principle Investigator of the Jackson Heart Study. If cardiovascular disease, particularly its impact in the African-American population, stirs your interest, consider contacting Dr. Taylor ( Additional information regarding the Jackson Heart Study can be found at this link.


    The Department of Pediatrics sponsors medical students in the summer between their M1 and M2 years to participate in research and gain exposure to clinical aspects of the practice of pediatric medicine. The program is competitive, so interested students should apply early. The number of student participants is determined by the available funding, number of mentors, and student-ready projects. Traditionally, this program has combined research endeavors and introduction to clinical care. However, a major goal is to introduce medical students to the world of pediatrics as a future specialty. There is wide flexibility built into the program to make it a worthwhile experience for any medical student wishing to learn about pediatrics. 

    At the end of the summer, each student will present their research to their peers and mentors. Many of the students have had their research published. The program is under the direction of Catherine Gordon, MD, and Michael Nowicki, MD.
    Please contact Donna Windsor ( for an application.


    The Surgery Scholars Program allows students to initiate concentrated studies in specific areas of surgery. Both Clinical and research experience can be acquired. A student, in consultation with a faculty advisor, will develop a course of study that will be reviewed for approval by the Surgery Scholars Program directors. Programs in the Divisions of General Surgery (including Trauma/Critical Care), Plastic Surgery, Urology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Pediatric Surgery are available. During the summer between the M1 and M2 years, a participant will take a 10-week clinical or laboratory clerkship funded by the Department of Surgery or the MSRP Summer Student Research Fellowship. This clerkship will not carry medical school credit.  The program is under the direction of Curt Tribble, M.D. and Peter Arnold, M.D. Please contact Jan Simpson for additional information. An application for this competitive program can be found at