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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 Melanie Weiss, MHA, Director of Research Operations, 561-297-4557, mweiss@health.fau.edu, with any questions.

FAST TRACK: An active project with regulatory approvals in place, relatively easy for students to participate. Fast track 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: Melanie Weiss 561-297-4557, mweiss@health.fau.edu

The Department of Biomedical Science (BMS) has 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: Melanie Weiss 561-297-4557, mweiss@health.fau.edu

We will continue to provide oversight to enhance the scholarship and research in epidemiology of FAU COM students, residents, and faculty. Our short term goals include mentoring students in literature reviews, critical thinking, drafting of initial outcomes, drafts and numerous revisions, with a longer term goal of publishing a collaborative peer-reviewed, original research manuscript or commentaries and abstracts. We can offer 1-2 slots for highly self-motivated, hard-working students genuinely interested in epidemiology scholarship. Students are expected to present a poster on Research Day.

Faculty Oversight: Dr. Anton Borja, Director, The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at FAU Medicine
Program Contact: Dr. Joanne Krasnoff 561-297-1027, jkrasnoff@health.fau.edu

Integrative health care involves the use of both conventional and complementary therapies with a holistic, patient-centered approach. We have research opportunities for students to work on multiple Integrative Health projects. Students are expected to give an oral presentation at the end of the program and present a poster at the FAU Research & Scholarship Day. Full time and part time opportunities available, Up to 6 slots are available.

Faculty Oversight: Dr. Janet Robishaw
Program Contact: Melanie Weiss 561-297-4557, mweiss@health.fau.edu

Recent technological advancements are improving our understanding of how genomic differences among patients affect their susceptibility to common diseases and treatment responses. In the near future, the practice of medicine will follow a more personalized approach utilizing the genomic characteristics of individual patients. We have research opportunities available for students to work on a pilot project. 1-2 slots are available.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Lawrence Toll 561-297-2578, ltoll@fau.edu
Program Contact: Melanie Weiss 561-297-4557, mweiss@health.fau.edu

This track is focused on research and scholarship activities related to substance use disorders (SUD). There are a variety of opportunities students can get involved with. Students are expected to participate in journal club, give an oral presentation at summers end, and 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. Students are expected to attend group meetings, give an oral presentation at summers end and submit their research to a regional or national conference.

SPECIALTY TRACK These are typically opportunities mentored by FAU affiliate faculty. Details are provided to M1 students in December of each year. 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 6/25/21