Research Guide for Medical Students
This guide provides guidance to B.U. medical students who are interested in undertaking research while at BUSM. Each student must consider career goals, academic interests, and time available in the curriculum when planning his/her pathway to undertaking successful research experiences.
Considerations for Students:
- Student research can be extracurricular or a credit-bearing course
- Students may be paid or un-paid for their research.
- There are short-term opportunities (e.g., Medical Student Summer Research Program) or long-term opportunities (a year off from the curriculum to engage in research).
When Can I Undertake Research?
- Points in the curriculum to undertake research (timeline)
- Medical Student Summer Research Program (summer after first year)
- Year off for research experience
- Third-year selective (4 weeks)
- Fourth-year elective (up to 8 weeks)
Finding a Mentor & Project
Medical Student Summer Research Program
The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) at BUSM provides provides mentored research experiences for first-year B.U. medical students under the direction of a BUMC faculty member during the summer between the student’s first and second year of medical school.
See what our student researchers have accomplished!