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Student Research Opportunities

The Zucker School of Medicine recognizes the importance of research in medical education and encourages students to take an active role in their respective fields of study. Investigative work entails hands-on experience that not only enhances what students learn in the classroom but also allows them to forge unique connections with peers and mentors in an area of interest while contributing to the advancement of medicine at an early stage in their career.

During the summer of the first year of training at the Zucker School of Medicine, more than half of first-year students participate in some form of research, and nearly all do so by graduation. Facilitated by the Office of Student Affairs and the Advisory Committee for Student Research, students have the opportunity choose from several different types of research projects that explore a variety of key areas in medicine. These include short-term and longitudinal studies in basic science, clinical research, community health, medical education, medical humanities, and quality improvement.

Throughout their investigations, medical students work with leading clinician-scientists in a variety of research settings and institutions, which is comprised of our vital partnerships with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Summer Research Program/Scholarship Day

The Medical Research Program provides students with an opportunity to conduct clinical, basic science or translational research at either Northwell Health or Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It spans June to August.

For more information, please visit Summer Research Opportunities

Fourth Year Research Electives

During the 4th year of medical studies, students are encouraged to conduct research in one of the labs within the Northwell Health System. Electives can range in time from 4-12 weeks. For additional information, contact Tiffany Jordan, MHEA.

Application Form

Independent Study in Medicine

The ACSR reviews application submitted by students who are taking a year off from medical school to conduct research. Every application is reviewed on a case by case basis. For additional information, contact Tiffany Jordan, MHEA and Dr. Joel Stern.

Graduation with Distinction in Research

The Zucker School of Medicine recognizes students who have made significant progress toward a career as a physician-scientist through contributions to the design and execution of research with potential clinical, translational or basic science impact.

To be considered for research distinction by the Advisory Committee for Student Research (ACSR), a research project must be hypothesis-driven, meet criteria for authorship, and culminate in the submission of ONE original article to a peer-reviewed journal. Observational and case-based reports excluded. Qualified applicants are to present their research and outcomes to ACSR. While there is no minimum time requirement, most studies of this nature require substantial commitment throughout medical school.

For the class of 2018, applications must be submitted to the ACSR by March 1. For more information, please contact Dr. Joel Stern and Tiffany Jordan.

For the class of 2019, please note that Graduation with Distinction in Research guidelines and forms are being updated and will be available as of May 1, 2018.