Longitudinal Research Programs

The Longitudinal Research Programs facilitates mentored, research opportunities and training for medical students. Students will undertake multi-year research projects with BU and BMC faculty guided by a small research advisory committee.

There are 2 paths to start this program
Both start by identifying a research mentor

Program & Application Details (for both the LEADS research & Longitudinal tracks)

If you are interested in the longitudinal research program please schedule a meeting with Matthew Layne, Assistant Dean for Research to discuss your project and the details of the longitudinal research program.

The student is expected to work with their mentor to develop the research plan and mentors should approve the plan prior to submission. A new application for 2024 will be opening in the fall.

All students in this program should hold an advisory committee meeting at least once each year, participate in the Medical Student Research day, and complete required reports. For project continuity, students will usually devote 10-12 hours/week to research in addition to the protected research weeks and larger research blocks in M3 and M4. Note: the LEADS research track can end after M2 or you may elect to continue with your project or start something new. Some students may also choose to complete a research year. Between M2 and M3, or M3 and M4.