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Internal Research Opportunities (UC/CCHMC)

There are a number of internal research opportunities within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Program-specific website and contact names are provided below.

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The CCHMC Radiology Summer Research Program offers imaging research projects, as well as opportunities to participate in collaborative conferences, procedures, and actively review cases of interest.  Applications accepted via  CommonApp. The Program Director is John Racadio MD. Program Coordinator is Kathy Umberg.

The UCCOM Center for Integrative Health and Wellness offers a summer research opportunity for medical students. Applications accepted via CommonApp. The Co-Directors are Susie McDonald, MA and Harini Pallerla, MS.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine provides an eight-week summer intensive shadowing experience to medical students. Applications accepted via  CommonApp. Questions may be directed to Saundra Regan PhD, Associate Director of Family Medicine Research.

The Department of Internal Medicine engages medical students in 3 pathways – educational scholar, clinical and translational researcher, and basic science researcher – through the Internal Medicine Scholarly Training for Academic Research (IM STAR) Program. Successful applicants receive a stipend.  Applications accepted via CommonApp. The Assistant Director of Research and Education is  Kelly Niederhausen.  The Program Manager is Liz Bauke.

The Department of Ophthalmology offers summer basic science research experiences to medical students through the Edith J. Crawley Memorial Summer Medical Student Scholar Award. Applications accepted via CommonApp. The Program Coordinator is Michele Wyan.

The Department of Radiology Medical Student Summer Research Program provides research opportunities for medical students interested in academic radiology who have a Department of Radiology faculty member as their advisor. Successful applicants receive a stipend. Applications accepted via CommonApp.  The Medical Student Education Director is Casey Reed MD and Coordinator is Sherri Wolfe.

The Department of Surgery Medical Student Summer Research Program provides clinical research opportunities for medical students in collaboration with the Cincinnati Research on Outcomes and Safety in Surgery (CROSS) and the Cincinnati Research on Education in Surgical Training (CREST).  Successful applicants receive a stipend. Applications accepted via  CommonApp. The Program Directors are R. Cutler Quillin III, MD and Robert Van Haren MD, MSPH; Program Coordinator is Chris Cockman.

The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) allows medical students from any US medical school to experience laboratory research firsthand. Students who have completed their first year of medical school spend 9-10 weeks during the summer conducting research and analyzing data in the clinical and basic science research laboratories of established faculty investigators. Successful applicants receive a stipend. Applications accepted via  CommonApp; mentors should be approved as outlined in the CommonApp and it will be necessary to submit the mentor's NIH Biosketch as well as the Mentor Application 2022. The Program Director is Jason Blackard PhD. The Program Coordinator is Sandy Geideman.   2022 MSSRP Brochure

The Men’s Health Club offers a summer research grant. Applications accepted via CommonApp. The student contacts are Isaiah GiordulloGustavo Leon, and Damon Scolari.

The UC College of Medicine Office of Research in partnership with the UC Foundation offers summer research stipends to first-year medical students. These stipends are possible through a generous grant from The Carey E. Wamsley and Stella G. Wamsley Fund.   Interested students must submit a project and have a primary mentor; all fields of interest are considered.  Applications accepted via CommonApp.  The Director is Amy Thompson MD and the Program Director is Diana Mullenix.

The Summer Medical Student Respiratory Research Fellowship (SMURRF) provides medical students the unique opportunity to learn about the clinical and research challenges in pediatric respiratory and sleep medicine and attract future physician-scientists into these fields. Successful applicants receive a stipend.  Applications accepted via CommonApp. The Program Director is William Hardie MD. The Program Coordinator is Mary Kay Lang.

The Urban Health Project pairs medical students with non-profit health organizations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that serve underserved communities. Applications accepted via  CommonApp.  NOTE: the deadline for co-director and priority intern interviews is January 15, 2022.  The contact is

Learn more about the summer opportunities serviced by the CommonApp:

2022 CommonApp Summer Opportunities Information Grid

The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program is designed for current health professions students interested in joining a well-prepared, diverse, and culturally competent primary care workforce. This two-year program requires classroom-based and online didactic experiences and team-based, community and clinical training experiences each year. Questions should be directed to Taylor O'Shaughnessy, MPH, CHES, Program Coordinator

The Asthma Immersive Research Experience Student Program in the Division of Asthma Research at CCHMC offers a focused clinical research experience during summer between M1 and M2 to foster an interest in research among future clinical scientists. To apply, send a CV and a 1-page personal statement to Liza Bronner Murrison.

The Crossroad Volunteer Internship Program provides service-based, experiential learning for students in the Cincinnati community. Interns commit to one year of working at Crossroad Health Center on pre-designated clinical and non-clinical jobs. Questions can be directed to

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine offers a summer research opportunity for medical students. The Clinical Research Manager is  Kim Hasselfeld

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience offers summer research experiences to medical students. The contact is Peirce Johnston MD. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience also offers trauma-focused experiences to medical students. The contact is Maria Espinola PsyD.

The UCCOM offers first-year medical students an opportunity to participate in the Medical Student Scholars Program (MSSP). Students accepted into a MSSP path are engaged in preceptor-supervised educational experience within a circumscribed area of interest. They participate in clinical and didactic activities that go above and beyond the required components of the medical school curriculum. The Program Director is Amy Guiot MD. The Program Coordinator is Gina Burg.

The Pediatric Medical Student Scholars Program is supported by William Hardie MD Director.

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Contact Us

Amy Thompson MD
Director of Medical Student Research Initiatives

Medical Sciences Building 4556C
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0526

Diana Mullenix
Program Director

CARE/Crawley Building E870
3290 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0555