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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, research, and public health 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.

    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 SOM Student Affairs.

    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. 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. 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, MD, and Peter Arnold, MD. Contact Jan Simpson for more information.

    Opportunities in Public Health / Global Health

    1. Observership at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH)

    This observership exposes students to the various programs and services provided by the MSDH.  Activities include a tour of the public health laboratory, restaurant and wastewater inspections, TB outreach activities to the homeless, disease intervention investigations, and direct patient care.  The schedule is flexible; as opportunities arise, students may choose to repeat some experiences or be involved in the other program areas such as emergency preparedness, outbreak investigations, etc.

    2. Omni Med in Uganda

    Students can participate in the Omni Med program as health volunteers. Omni Med, a private, non-profit organization, has developed a program to train Ugandan community health workers in several areas of public health and disease prevention, such as malaria, maternal-child health, sanitation, and clean drinking water. Limited funds are available to assist students with the cost of travel - see the web page "Travel Grants."