Academic Research Track

The Academic Research Track (ART) is a program for first, second and third year medical students who are considering a research experience as part of their education or career.

Girl in the lab ART seminars introduce research concepts, useful in planning a mentored summer or 'year out' research project. Informal lunchtime seminars (light lunch included) occur throughout the medical school year. Modules, consisting of 2-3 seminars each, cover such topics as mentoring and being mentored, formulating a research question, measurements, data gathering and presentation, obtaining research funding and writing for publication. The goal is to help students think about science as they plan for a mentored research experience — typically taken after the second or third years of medical school.

ART is part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which offers funding, on a competitive basis, for the year-long research experiences; funding consists of a stipend and coverage of a Masters tuition (for SMD Masters programs). Pursuit of a Masters degree is not required, but may be completed concurrently, with the mentored research experience.