MD Program

  • Medical Student Research Program

    Research Day 2010The Carver College of Medicine has been supporting medical student research for over 40 years. In 2000, The Iowa Medical Student Research Program (IMSRP) was established to develop, organize and integrate several different programs that are related to medical student research. Although research is not a required activity for applicants to Iowa, once admitted, students are strongly encouraged to consider research opportunities available on campus. The long term objective of the IMSRP is to encourage more students to participate in a summer research program, and to continue their engagement with scientific research throughout medical school training and beyond. The Research Distinction Track graduated twenty students in May 2013.

  • Program Components

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    Opportunities for Student Research

    The largest component of the IMSRP is the Summer Research Fellowship which has been offered at Iowa and supported by an NIH training grant since 1980.  Summer Research Fellowships are available to enrolled freshman medical students and to pre-freshmen students accepted for admission and provides medical students an early opportunity to participate in a focused research project for a three-month period.  This experience, while brief, is designed to interest medical students in research and to acquaint them with career possibilities in academic medicine. More... 

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    Medical Student Research Day

    All students participating in the Summer Research Program are required to present their work on Medical Student Research Day.  The 44th Annual University of Iowa Medical Student Research Day was held on September 7, 2012.  More... 

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    The Faculty

    We have a cadre of around 200 dedicated faculty mentors who are enthusiastic about working with students in their research activities.  If you are interested in identifying a mentor or possible research projects you can find them in our mentor database.  These faculty represent a broad cross section of the Carver College of Medicine and includes representatives from 24 departments. ...More....

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    Alumni and Their Work

    Nicholas (Nick) M Wetjen, M.D., graduated from Loras College, Dubuque with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Research in 1996 and then enrolled at the University of Iowa later that fall.  Nick was a summer research fellow...More... 

    Bradley J Van Voorhis, MD, matriculated at the University of Iowa CCOM in 1980 and participated in the summer research fellowship in 1981. Brad feels that this experience...More...