Laboratory Rotations

md-phd student in lab.

With such a wide variety of PhD Program options and research areas to choose from, your lab rotations are the perfect opportunity to try a lab out before committing. You’ll explore different fields of research before you decide on a lab — and experience that “eureka” moment of career discovery.

Year 1

Fall of MS1: The Exploratory Phase

The transition to Medical School can be tough! Use this time to focus on your studies while also exploring potential lab options. 

Spring of MS1: Narrow it Down

By now, you should have a good idea of where you want to rotate. Spend this time setting up your summer rotations.

Summer: Complete Rotations

You should plan to complete at least 2-3 rotations that last roughly 3 weeks in length. Scheduling for these rotations is flexible and completely up to you and the PI.

Year 2

Fall of MS2: Narrow it Down - Again!

Hopefully, by now, you have a pretty good idea of who you want as your mentor. You'll continue to have conversations regarding joining their lab and your future project.

Spring of MS2: Select Your Lab

It's time to make it official! There are some approval steps to get you there, so you'll want to start preparing this as soon as you know where you're going.