Medical Student Research Program

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Full MSRP Option

In order to meet eligibility for the Full MSRP Option, students will need to complete the MSRP Summer of Research (or equivalent) and be in good academic standing with a GPA ≥3.0. No more than one application per mentor and one application per student will be permitted in each year. Therefore, a mentor may have no more than one student at each level and no more than total total MSRP students at the various levels. In addition, each MSRP student must have a unique research project and plan.

The full MSRP option will include research and/or academic study (literature review, manuscript or presentation preparation, etc.) to be completed throughout the M2, M3 and M4 years, with specific objectives detailed in each student's full MSRP application. While the MRSP committee and mentors acknowledge that students must place emphasis on coursework and USMLE preparation, the student will be required to make a firm commitment to the program and completing the objectives originally outlined in the proposal/application.

During the M2 year

It is expected that progress on the project may be slow given the demands of the second year class schedule and preparation for the USMLE. However, the student and mentor should work together to plan experiments when feasible for the student. Additionally, the student should attend lab meetings and go to departmental seminars, in order to stay abreast of research developments.

The student is required to: 1) Meet with their mentor on a monthly basis and document these meeting dates in annual report to the MSRP Committee; 2) Complete the MSRP annual survey and progress report by June 15 of each year; and 3) participate in the MSRP Research Day by attending all sessions and presenting a poster of their research.

Students should meet a minimum of 10 times per year with their mentor and document the dates of these meetings. The MSRP annual survey will include an evaluation of the mentor by the student. Of note, the mentor is also required to submit an annual evaluation of the student. In addition, a one-page summary (annual report) will be required. This report should detail student accomplishments during the past year, including any presentations at local, regional or national conferences, publications and/or any other accomplishments or awards received by the student. The poster presentation at the MSRP day should be similar to any national poster presentation and will be judged and scored.

During the M3 and M4 years

The student should balance participation in the MSRP with their clinical training. As with the M2 year, it is expected that the student and mentor will plan experiments when time permits. The student should continue attending lab meetings and seminars.

M3 students will be required to complete a two week research block. M4 students will be required to complete a one month research block. The purpose of the research blocks is to give the student the opportunity to make continued progress on their research plans and enhance the interaction with their mentor.

As in the M2 year, the student is required to: 1) Meet with their mentor on a monthly basis and document these meeting dates in annual report to the MSRP Committee; 2) complete the MSRP annual survey and progress report by June 15 of each year; and 3) participate in the MSRP Research Day by attending all sessions and presenting their research.

Students should meet a minimum of 10 times per year with their mentor and document the dates of these meetings. The MSRP annual survey will include an evaluation of the mentor by the student. Of note, the mentor is also required to submit an annual evaluation of the student. In addition, a one-page summary (annual report) will be required. This report should detail student accomplishments during the past year, including any presentations at local, regional or national conferences, publications and/or any other accomplishments or awards received by the student.

In addition to the yearly evaluations, students are required to take part in the MSRP Research Day. The M3 students are required to present a poster at the MSRP research day. The M4 students are required to present an oral presentation at the MSRP Research Day.

Students who do not show sufficient effort towards project completion, as determined by the MSRP committee, and after consultation with the mentor, will be dismissed from the program. A minimum GPA ≥3.0 is required to be maintained throughout the duration of MSRP program to be in good standing. If student GPA drops below 3.0, the student will enter a probationary period until the next semester, at which time the student will either be: 1) removed from probation by establishing GPA≥3.0; or 2) dismissed from the MSRP program.

To successfully complete the MSRP, the student will be required to present work as a poster, electronic or oral presentation at a national meeting. The student should also be a contributing author on a submitted manuscript as a result of their work conducted in the MSRP prior to completion of the program. Written documentation of the national presentation and manuscript submission is required prior to graduation from the program.

All MSRP students are required to attend the Medical Student's Honors Day that is typically held in May of the M4 year, prior to graduation. Students will be presented with a certificate indicating their successful completion of the "Medical Scholars Research Program." At graduation, the students will be presented with their medical doctorate diploma that will also signify their completion of the MSRP.

For more information

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at (601) 815-5000 or at nladd@umc.edu if you have questions or need assistance.