Medical students in this eight-week summer research program collaborate on research with an attending physician, enroll patients for ongoing studies at Erie County Medical Center, train clinically and present their projects to their peers.
Our research program has two parts:
You will be assigned to work with a specific attending(s); you will not choose your own assignments.
In the first phase, you are assigned to one or more emergency medicine attending physicians to work on specific projects.
These projects may involve literature review, medical record reviews, database reviews, database entry and data collection, administering surveys, writing protocols and writing manuscripts.
The hours are flexible and time may be spent at ECMC, BGMC, MFS hospitals or on the medical school campus.
In the second phase, you will work shifts in the emergency departments at ECMC or BGMC, enrolling eligible patients in ongoing studies.
During the year, our research associates enroll patients from 8 am – 12 midnight, 7 days per week. You will cover the 12 midnight – 8 am shifts. Typically, students have worked 3 overnights in a row twice during the eight week summer session.
As part of your preparation for this portion of the program, you will receive 4-8 hours of research associate training prior to your first overnight shift.
During these shifts there are also opportunities to have patient contact and participate in clinical activities such as suturing.
We have a morning lecture series on clinical and research related topics. There are approximately 12 lectures of one hour each.
The final 2-3 lecture slots are used for students’ 15-minute PowerPoint presentations on their individual projects presented to their peers and attendings.
We accept approximately 10 students.
8 weeks starting the first week of June.
We fund the program directly. You will earn a stipend for participating the entire eight weeks of the program.
You will be paid every two weeks; pay is based on approximately 80 hours of work per pay period.
To apply, submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Letter of Intent to our research coordinator (address below).
Your Letter of Intent should be no more than one page and include:
You must apply by the first Monday in February.
We will inform candidates of our decision by last Monday in February.
A few weeks prior to the start date, we will set up times for accepted students to get ID cards, parking tags and fill out employment paperwork. We will also give out attending assignments and a lecture schedule.
Submit your application and direct any questions to: