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Dean’s Biomedical Summer Research Program

The Dean's Biomedical Summer Research Program is intended for students who are interested in doing summer research outside any of the current formal departmental programs listed below (and very rarely outside Jefferson altogether, which requires pre-approval). Students are encouraged to seek out potential advisors for their summer research and designated departmental research contacts are available to help.

The director is Constantine Daskalakis, ScD, (215) 955-5695.
For more information, contact Annette Chesson, (215) 955-1629.

Anesthesia Summer Research Program

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research's (FAER) Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Program provides support to both medical students and host departments for anesthesia-related research experience and is an element of a commitment to attract scientific talent to academic anesthesiology. The program hopes that an exposure to the specialty early in the career of medical students will encourage future pursuit of research in anesthesiology and preoperative medicine. External funding may be available for students through FAER (deadline for funding application is middle of December).

For more information, contact the program director Jeffrey Joseph, DO, (215) 503-8032.

Basic and Translational Summer Research Program (Medicine)

This program provides an opportunity for medical students to become involved in fast-developing fields of gene therapy, heart disease, HIV research, and immunology. Laboratories of Department of Medicine faculty provide stimulating environments that enable students to learn advanced scientific techniques and pursue cutting-edge research.

For more information, contact the program director Tung Chan, PhD, (215) 955-4231.

Center for Urban Health Summer Research Program

This program provides students with opportunities to work with an interdisciplinary staff in underserved community-based sites, focusing on population health and health services research in target neighborhoods, or on policy related issues that affect chronic disease prevention and management. Past projects have included obesity prevention programs, evaluation of a community based blood pressure screening and education program, and assessment of social factors related to frequent hospital admissions.

The program co-directors are James Plumb, MD, MPH, (215) 955-6340, and Rickie Brawer, PhD, (215) 955-2396.
For more information, contact Abbie Santana, (215) 955-7713.

Computational Systems Biology Summer Research Program

The Systems Biology Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty using a systems biology approach in their research. The program introduces clinical researchers to the genomic scale data collection, data analysis, and computational biology typical of systems biology. Research projects can originate in any clinically relevant area but must clearly apply a systems approach. Projects creating or promoting collaborations between systems biologists and translational researchers are strongly encouraged. All projects should be pre-approved by the program director and sponsoring research science advisors.

For more information, contact the program director Rajankikanth Vadigepalli, PhD, (215) 955-0576.

Computer-Assisted Education Development Summer Research Program

The Summer Computer Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with faculty in order to develop or evaluate the use of instructional technology for the medical college curriculum. The program has produced a wide range of computer-based learning programs and quiz preparation software. Students and faculty work with the Education Services division of Academic & Instructional Support & Resources (AISR), which provides instructional design help, as well as support for learning the programming language appropriate for the project and for developing any graphics, animation, video or sound that will become part of the program.

For more information, contact Anthony Frisby, PhD, Director, AISR Educational Services, (215) 503-4990 (215) 503-4990.

Coordinating Center for Clinical Research Summer Research Program (Medicine)

Jefferson's Coordinating Center for Clinical Research helps students identify summer research opportunities in clinical research, with particular focus in cardiology.

The director is David Whellan, MD, MHS, FACC, (215) 955-2636.
For more information, contact Suzanne Adams, RN, MPH, (215) 955-8848.

Emergency Medicine Summer Research Program

In this program, students serve as research assistants in the Department of Emergency Medicine, assisting in patient enrollment and data collection for ongoing clinical emergency medicine research. Students also have the opportunity to follow and observe Emergency Medicine physicians as they provide patient care. 

Applicants should not seek advisors/opportunities before applying. Those selected for the program will be assigned to work with specific research faculty depending on availability of projects. Priority is given to students with work study status.

The director is Wayne Bond Lau, MD, (215) 955-8894.
For more information, contact Nicole Renzi, (215) 955-2471.

Family & Community Medicine Summer Research Program

In this program, medical students who have successfully completed their freshman year are given the opportunity to participate in ongoing family medicine research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Past research topics include chronic pain, global health, refugee health, palliative care, capillaroscopy, homeless care and ER utilization, and job training/diabetes prevention. Students also have the opportunity to shadow in the Jefferson Family Medicine Associates office and attend a lecture series. 

Applicants should not seek advisors/opportunities before applying, but they interview with the Research Director of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (Dr. LaNoue) and get matched to projects. Preference is given to PSAP & UUP students and CwiC students. Funding may be available to selected students through departmental grant sources.

For more information, contact the director Marianna LaNoue, PhD, (215) 955-8234.

Neurological Surgery Summer Research Program

This program provides research opportunities to medical students interested in pursuing careers in a neurosurgical or spinal-surgical specialty. Students will work with faculty mentors on clinical research projects which may be tailored to the students’ individual interests. Students will also experience clinic and in-patient hospital care settings.

For more information and to apply, contact the director Stavropoula Tjoumakaris, MD, (215) 955-7000.

Neurology Summer Research Program

This program provides an opportunity for medical students to participate in basic science and/or clinical research in laboratories of Department of Neurology faculty.

For more information, contact the director George Brainard, PhD, (215) 955-7644.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Summer Research Program

This program provides opportunities to medical students to work with a research-oriented faculty mentor in obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, or maternal fetal medicine. A student may either take an active role in the mentor's ongoing research or may identify a new research project that he/she will pursue with direction and leadership provided by the mentor and research personnel in the department. The student will be given opportunities to shadow, observe, and become involved in activities in the clinical offices, operating room, labor and delivery, grand rounds, journal club, and clinical meetings.

The director is Jason K. Baxter, MD, MSCP, (215) 955-9238.
For more information, contact Kathleen O'Malley, RN, BSN, CCRP, (215) 955-9243.

Ophthalmology Summer Research Program (Wills Eye Institute)

The Wills Eye Hospital Vision Research Scholar Program provides research opportunities for dedicated and enthusiastic medical students interested in ophthalmology. Students will participate in a didactic research curriculum which includes lectures, small group sessions, and grant writing seminars. Students will also be actively involved in clinical research studies conducted by the Department of Research and the Glaucoma Research Center, and will have the opportunity to write research grants related to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, ocular genetics, and other eye diseases, under the mentorship of researchers and clinicians.

The director is Lisa Hark, PhD, RD (215) 928-3045.
For more information, contact Eileen Mayro, Project Coordinator, Wills Eye Institute, Dept. of Research, (215) 440-3157.

Orthopaedics Summer Research Program (Rothman Institute)

This Rothman Institute program provides opportunities to medical students to work on research related to musculoskeletal diseases and conditions.

Physician Leader: Javad Parvizi, MD.
For more information, contact Krystal Golankiewicz, Research Coordinator, Rothman Institute Orthopedics, (267) 339-7813 (267) 339-7813.

Surgical Summer Research Program

This program provides opportunities to medical students to work on basic and translational research projects, as well as on clinical studies, with a focus on surgical topics.

For information, contact the director Jonathan Brody, PhD, (215) 955-2693
(215) 955-2693


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Annette Chesson
College Building, 100
1025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-1629
(215) 503-2654 fax

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