Research Opportunities

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

"The Jacobs School 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 the Jacobs School. 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 (and related experiences) in several of our departments and divisions, including:

Dean's and Nader Research Fellowships

Up to seven rising second-year medical students are given funding for their proposed summer research with Jacobs School-affiliated researchers through this fellowship fund. Students who are planning on doing cardiovascular-related research will be considered out of the pool of candidates for the Nader Fellowship.

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

Often referred to as the T-35 program, this in-depth summer research fellowship offers rising second-year medical students the chance to conduct NIH-funded research at UB or Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Orthopaedics

This ten-week mentored research program is designed for medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery, and it takes place in the summer between the first and second years of medical school. The Department of Orthopaedics interviews students regarding their specific interests and pairs them with faculty mentors to work on research projects. The research venues are determined by project and mentor. Many take place in the anatomy lab.

Pediatrics

The Faaiza Ansari Pediatric Internship is a six-week summer program combining research and clinical aspects of pediatrics and/or pediatric subspecialties.  Internships take place at Oishei Children’s Hospital and Conventus on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Information on the internship is sent out to students through email. Questions should be directed to Karen Anderson, Senior Staff Assistant for the Department of Pediatrics.

Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry offers two interested students a clinical rotation experience in Psychiatry the summer between first and second year. The program will consist of rounding on the inpatient service at ECMC as well as outpatient experiences in different settings, including adult, child, and forensic psychiatry, as well at time in the Psychiatric Emergency Room. Independent study will be strongly encouraged, however students will still be guided on fundamental knowledge of psychiatry. There is a stipend of $1500

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

MD-PhD Program

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.