MD Program

Contact Medical Student Research Program

2185 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-8573
Fax: (319) 335-8049

  • Iowa Medical Student Research Program

    Director: Neil A. Segal, MD, MS, CSCS
    Coordinator: Deanna Nielson, PhD 

    Medical students have many different opportunities to get involved in research during their training in the Carver College of Medicine. The Iowa Medical Student Research Program (IMSRP) is an umbrella organization that oversees and integrates the medical student research programs listed below. It is designed to support, promote, and raise awareness about medical student research opportunities during the four-year medical school program here at the University of Iowa. The IMSRP is overseen by the Medical Student Research Council, composed of physician-scientists and officers of the Medical Student Research Club who have volunteered to assist with activities such as review of research proposals for the Summer Research Fellowship, judge presentations on Medical Student Research Day, and monitor student progress and the integrity of the Research Distinction Track.

    • The Summer Research Fellowship Program allows pre-M1 (newly admitted) and M1 students to participate in a summer research project of their choosing with a faculty mentor here at the Carver College of Medicine. Students are paid a stipend to help cover their living costs while working on the project. Information about the Fellowship Program is disseminated through email announcements, the Iowa Medical Student Research Club, this website and announcements at events throughout the year.
    • Medical Student Research Day is a day for the CCOM community to enjoy learning about research projects conducted by medical students in the college. The day contains both oral and poster research presentations followed by a Plenary address by a distinguished CCOM faculty member. Presentations are judged by phyician-scientists who score the quality of the presentation. Recognition for best research presentations in various categories is noted through awarding of certificates and nominal cash award at an invited banquet following the presentations.
    • The Research Distinction Track (RDT) is designed for students to participate in mentored research throughout the four years of medical school. Students admitted to the Track will exhibit excellence in research including presentation of research at meetings and writing of research results in manuscript form. This distinction track is mentioned in the student's Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE - formerly known as the Dean's Letter) for residency programs if the student is on-track to complete all program requirements, on the academic transcript, and in the graduation program.
    • Year-long research programs can be chosen from on- or off-campus options.
    • The Iowa Medical Student Research Club (IMSRC) is a student-run organization, recognized by the Student Organizations Office at the University of Iowa. All medical students are invited to participate in the IMSRC-sponsored events. Student officers are elected, and participate for all years of their medical education on the Medical Student Research Council, a body that oversees Medical Student Research activities in the College.