Medical Student Research Opportunities

There are various research opportunities available to FAU medical students during the summer and throughout the year. We have organized the process into three platforms: fast track, specialty and external. Please contact Joanne Krasnoff, PhD, 561-297-1027, jkrasnoff@health.fau.edu, and Joanna Duran, 561-297-2219, duranj@health.fau.edu, with any questions.

FAST TRACK: An active project with regulatory approvals in place, relatively easy for students to participate. Application details are emailed to M1 students in January of each year.  

Select a fast track below to read more:

Faculty Oversight: Dr. Joseph Ouslander
Program Contact: Dr. Gabriella Engstrom 561-297-3188, gengstr1@health.fau.edu

Summer opportunities are available for FAU medical students interested in participating in research in the areas of geriatric medicine and gerontology. Potential projects are outlined and the students are guided to formulate research questions. Students are expected to attend group meetings and present a poster on Research Day. Slots are available for up to 4 students. A half-time commitment (approx. 20 hrs per week) for approximately 8 weeks is expected.

Faculty Oversight: Dr. Ceylan Isgor
Program Contact: Joanne Krasnoff 561-297-1027, jkrasnoff@health.fau.edu

Summer research opportunities available for FAU medical students interested in a basic science and/or translational research experience on the Boca and Jupiter campuses. Students will be matched with a mentor, based on research interests. Students are expected to participate in journal club/lab meetings, give an oral presentation at program end, and present a poster on Research Day. Slots are available for up to 6 students. A full time commitment of approximately 40 hours per week for 8 weeks is expected. Students can explore the different areas of research on the COM website at http://med.fau.edu/research/labs/index.php.

Faculty Oversight: Dr. Charles H. Hennekens
Program Contact: Joanne Krasnoff 561-297-1027, jkrasnoff@health.fau.edu

We will provide mentorship to FAU COM students, residents, fellows and faculty in scholarship and descriptive epidemiologic research utilizing existing databases. Our primary goal is to nurture critical thinking.. In scholarship this includes reviews of the medical literature and hypothesis formulation.  In descriptive epidemiological research, this will, in addition, include data analyses. We can offer 2 slots for highly self-motivated, hard-working students genuinely interested in epidemiology scholarship and research. Students are expected to present a poster on Research Day.

Faculty Leader and Program Contact: Dr. Adam Wyatt, wyatta@health.fau.edu

MESRE covers a broad array of studies on the various pedagogical and/or socio-political, economic, and cultural determinants that affects educational outcomes across the UME, GME and CME continuum. Assignment to ongoing projects will be based on student interest.  Students are expected to attend group meetings, present a poster at Research Day, and submit their research to a regional or national conference.

SPECIALTY TRACK: These are typically opportunities mentored by FAU hospital based faculty or affiliate faculty. Details are provided to M1 students in December of each year. No formal application process. Students need to follow all training and regulatory requirements from the institution at which they are participating in research.

EXTERNAL TRACK: Other projects conducted at external academic sites or hospitals. Students need to follow all training and regulatory requirements from the institution at which they are participating in research. COM will share external opportunities with the students as we hear about them.



Last Modified 6/21/22