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Resources for Students

Students, residents and fellows are an integral part of the research mission of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The department has a Faculty Development Research Fellowship, and also offers many research opportunities to medical students as well as students in The College of Population Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Summer Research Program

The Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) participates in Sidney Kimmel Medical College’s Summer Research Program. In order to be considered for a summer research position at the DFCM, you must apply through the JMC program, and choose the “Department of Family and Community Medicine” option. The DFCM program is competitive, and Physician Shortage Area Program (PSAP) and Urban Underserved Program students are given preference.

Contact Annette Chesson at (215) 955-1629 for general questions about the SKMC Summer Research Program, or Dr. Amy Cunningham for more information about DFCM summer research projects.

Medical Student Research Travel Fellowships

A limited amount of funding is available through the Office of the Dean to support medical students who present their research at national or international scientific meetings. Up to $500 for travel reimbursement is available to a student who meets the following criteria:

  • The student must be first author on the submitted abstract and must present the research findings (either poster or oral presentation) at the meeting.
  • The research must have been completed while the student was at SKMC and the work must have been conducted on-campus (exceptions must be pre-approved).
  • The faculty advisor or departmental sponsor must provide matching funds and must sign the application.

An application is due at least 30 days before the trip (along with a copy of the abstract, notification of acceptance for presentation and any other supporting documents) to the Office of the Dean. For more information and to submit an application, please contact Annette Chesson, (215) 955-1629.

Some conferences also offer scholarships for medical students, such as the North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting and the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference.

Ongoing Medical Student
Research Opportunities

Jefferson medical students may complete research electives or participate in longitudinal research opportunities in the Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Contact Randa Sifri, MD for questions about these research opportunities.

Master of Public Health Clerkship &
Capstone Information

After completing core MPH coursework, Thomas Jefferson University students complete a three-credit field training experience. The clerkship requires a minimum of 120 hours and is usually completed over two terms.  The MPH Capstone is the culminating experience of the MPH degree and is conducted under faculty supervision. It is expected to be a high quality example of one or more of the following: community assessment; program planning and evaluation; secondary data analysis; original research; policy analysis; strategic planning; a grant proposal or equivalent project.

Recent DFCM MPH clerkships and capstones have included projects on refugee health, diabetes self-management, colorectal cancer screening, and more!

Contact the Jefferson College of Population Health for current DFCM clerkship and capstone opportunities.

General Research Resources