Family Medicine Summer Research Assistantship

Our eight-week summer research assistantship pairs students with faculty to study such topics as primary care, health services, underserved patient populations, practice transformation and the patient-centered medical home.

Our paid family medicine summer research assistantship takes place during the summer between your first and second years of medical school.

You will reinforce your practical research experience with seminars and poster presentations. You may continue working on your research during the school year.

Over eight weeks, a faculty mentor will guide you through all stages of a primary care research project.

You’ll also attend a workshop series where you’ll learn, among other things, how to:

  • develop survey instruments
  • collect and analyze data
  • present scientific data
  • prepare and submit a manuscript

At the end of the summer, you’ll present your research to faculty and your peers. In January, you’ll participate in a poster presentation at our school’s Medical Student Research Forum.  

We also encourage you to present at regional and national conferences, and to publish your findings.

Many of our student researchers continue their investigations throughout medical school as a credit-bearing independent study project.

How to Apply

All first-year medical students receive an application by email between January and February. If you apply, we’ll notify you of our decision by mid-April.

We accept four students into our summer research program annually.

For more information, contact:

Denise McGuigan, MSEd

Principal Education Specialist

Family Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Room 6101G, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2922; Fax: (716) 829-2933