Research Year

Research is considered part of the training of future physician-scientists.  The Research year program is for BU Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine medical students interested in an intensive research experience working with Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine faculty mentors.  Students can apply for this program in the spring of their second year or third year. Students can also participate in a year of research with non-BU faculty including by participating in external programs.


Priya Desai MD Class of 2025
Priya Desai MD Class of 2025

My Research Year Experience

“Participating in the Medical Student Research Year program has been an incredibly valuable and formative experience for me. As someone who had very little research experience, this research year has allowed me to dedicate time in learning the process of creating, implementing, and showcasing research projects. I have gotten the chance to work closely with mentors who have vast knowledge in their fields and hone my own skills in completing research projects. I feel that now I am able to think of topics and analyze research articles more critically with a deeper understanding because of this experience.” – Priya Desai, MD Candidate, Class of 2025

Project Title: “Mental Health Follow-Up among Immigrant Populations Following Inpatient Treatment for Traumatic Injury at a Safety Net Hospital”

Faculty Mentor: Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW.