Research Opportunities for Medical Students


Introduction

All medical students at Mercer University can participate in on a clinical research or laboratory research project as part of their requirements for the Professional Growth and Development Block.

Clinical research projects require 1) the completion of the CITI course for the “Human Subjects Research” and 2) the submission of an IRB proposal during the first PGD block (January of the student’s first year).  The student’s IRB proposal should be submitted to the IRB of Mercer and either the IRB of Navicent Health (Macon) or the IRB of Memorial University Medical Center (Savannah), depending upon the location of the clinical research project.

Basic science projects require 1) the completion of “Laboratory Safety Course” and 2) the submission of a research proposal that includes the background and basic hypothesis during the first PGD block (January of the student’s first year).  A basic science research project may require IRB approval if human samples are used or may require IAC approval if animals are involved.

Medical students who participate in either clinical or basic science research projects are strongly encouraged to commit between six and eight weeks during the summer to work on their project.  The second PGD block (at the end of the student’s second year) is reserved for the analysis of the data and the completion of a research paper/presentation.

Research Scholars Program

The research scholars program was begun in the summer of 2004 as a way to provide research experience for medical students.  On average, 27 medical students were paired with a faculty mentor who would direct that student’s clinical or basic science research over a period of six weeks.  The students attended a weekly seminar series during the summer and were required to present a fifteen minute PowerPoint presentation of their finding.  The medical students and faculty mentors who participated in the Summer Scholars program between 2010 and 2016 are listed below.

Resources

Faculty/Student Match-ups