As an entering M1, you will review and select a Path of Excellence as part of your medical school curriculum. The Scientific Discovery Path of Excellence introduces students to the wide spectrum of research available to physician scientists. By the start of the first Branch year, you will select a research mentor based on your area of interest and identify a project to be completed as the Path of Excellence capstone requirement.
Learn more about the Scientific Discovery Path of Excellence.
Short Term Biomedical Research Training Program (SBRP)
When you enter the Branches, you may choose to add a research elective to your schedule and apply for the Short Term Biomedical Research Training Program. This 8-week program is funded by an NIH training grant and pays a stipend of $4,300. Students may select any University of Michigan faculty member as a mentor in a broad range of interests.
Michigan Journal of Medicine
The Michigan Journal of Medicine (MJM) is a peer-reviewed, student-led organization designed to highlight the professional student body at the University of Michigan and publish high-quality biomedical, translational and clinical research to the scientific community at large. This journal is focused on helping future physician-scientists develop a leadership portfolio within the publishing community and become familiar with the review process. Submissions are solicited from members of several graduate programs including, but not limited to, students within the schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, public policy and social work.
Published annually (except for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the MJM features a variety of content beyond traditional original research manuscripts including pieces on medical innovation, case reports, perspective pieces and brief communications. All medical students, including those taking a leave of absence, away on a dual degree or part of the medical scientist training program, are eligible for the organization's leadership positions.
Learn more about the Michigan Journal of Medicine.
MD/Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR)
Designed to fill a unique gap in the educational training for clinical and translational researchers, the Master of Science in Clinical Research introduces students to clinical research early in their professional careers. Students take time out after the M3 year to complete an intensive, year-long master's program in clinical research. This dual degree is awarded by Rackham through the Department of Epidemiology in the U-M School of Public Health.
Learn more about the MS/Master of Science in Clinical Research.