Chicago Medical School

Research Opportunities for Medical Students

Participation of medical students in research activities while attending school at CMS is strongly encouraged and about a third of our students do become involved in a research experience during their four years. Exposure to research by medical students is strongly recommended by the LCME and is highlighted in Key Strategy III of the CMS Strategic Plan.
Participation can be as little as a few months of part time laboratory experience or as extensive as taking extra time to obtain a PhD Degree. A special program allows a medical student who does a moderate amount of research to be awarded a degree with distinction in research.

Both clinical and basic science opportunities are available. The majority of basic science research occurs in the seven basic science departments of CMS whereas the clinical research is done at affiliate hospitals in the clinical departments. Excellent facilities are available and a faculty with national and international reputations in research are available for guidance of laboratory or clinical activities.

Students can earn sophomore elective credit (MCUR618) for volunteer research offsite. (Students, please see the D2L Course SRP100 for more information).

Many students also successfully compete nationally for fellowships/scholarships for off-site medical student research programs.

Travel Policy Announcement

Medical School Students may apply to for reimbursement for applicable travel costs to present their research from the Dean's officer per RFUMS established policy and guidelines.  Please refer to the D2L course SRP100 for more information.


"I love pursuing a project that is directly related to my clinical field of interest. The advances we see in clinical medicine are usually discovered in laboratories before they hit the wards. I found it really exciting to be apart of this type of research. I think it broadened my understanding of the field and made me more appreciative of the laboratory efforts put towards of improving medicine" (2nd year student).

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