Student Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities to get involved with research as a medical student whether during the academic year, over the summer, or by taking a year off. WCMC students have participated in research of all forms including, but not limited to, basic science, translational, clinical, medical education, and public health projects. Every year, a significant number of students present their research at national and international conferences and publish their work in peer reviewed academic journals.

In addition to WCMC, there are three world-renown research institutions on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to which students have access: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The vast majority of students participate in research during the summer between the first and second year. While many choose to stay at WCMC or one of its affiliates, a considerable number spend the summer in other cities or countries. Funding for this 8-10 week period is accessible to all students through the Federal Work Study Program. Additionally, many apply for and are awarded summer research grants from other funding sources. For students who wish to pursue research exclusively over a more extended period of time, it is possible to take a leave of absence from the Medical College for a year or longer. In the past, WCMC students have successfully obtained financial support for yearlong projects from prestigious organizations such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

More information on medical student research:

Medical Student Research Day

Student Perspectives on Research

M.D. with Honors in Research Program

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