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Research Opportunities

MD/PhD Student Alice Crane doing her research in toxicology research center

"UB offers a wealth of research
opportunities and quality mentoring
to help students achieve their goals."


Alice Crane

Whether you find the concept of research intriguing, want to enhance your career prospects by exploring a specialty from a different angle, or are driven to make a difference from bench to bedside, we’ll support you with a unique experience matched to your goals.

Ongoing Mentored Research

During your first year of medical school, we’ll explain the broad range of research opportunities available at UB. If you want to pursue research, we’ll connect you with a dedicated faculty mentor whose work aligns with your professional interests and objectives.

You can start conducting research during the summer between your first and second years of school—and many of our students do.

You may continue researching during your second year, provided it doesn’t interfere with your studies.

In your third and fourth years, you may select research as an elective.

Internal Summer Research

Our medical students receive stipends to conduct summer research in several of our departments and divisions, including:

Emergency Medicine

Medical students in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s 10-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.

Family Medicine

The Department of Family Medicine’s eight-week summer research assistantships pair students with faculty to study such topics as primary care, health services, underserved patient populations, practice transformation and the patient-centered medical home.

Students reinforce their practical research experience with seminars and poster presentations. They may continue working on their research during the school year.

Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Immunology

This in-depth summer research fellowship offers rising second-year medical students the chance to conduct NIH-funded research at UB or Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Pediatrics

These six- and eight-week summer internships combine research and clinical aspects of pediatrics and/or pediatric subspecialties. They take place at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

External Summer Research

As a rising second-year student, you also may choose to conduct summer research outside UB.

We have helped identify summer research opportunities for our students at, among other institutions:

  • the Mayo Clinic
  • Harvard Medical School
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center

Year-long Fellowship Programs

We can help you find year-long fellowships that expand your research training while you’re on academic leave from UB.

Our students have participated in the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Fellows Program and the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, among others.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

If you’re committed to caring for patients and making breakthroughs that improve their quality of life, we’ll fully prepare you for a rewarding career as a medical scientist.

Our combined MD/PhD program tightly integrates a clinical and research curriculum, equipping you with the skills to conduct basic science and translational research, advance health care and make a difference.