MSP Program Overview
Year 1: Students pair with a faculty mentor with similar interests and goals. The student and mentor submit a project prospectus. Once institutional review board compliance is fulfilled the student begins the research project.
Year 2: The student and mentor meet regularly to carry out the research project.
Year 3 (the clerkship year): The student and mentor continue to meet regularly, however, the student's time to work on the project may be limited due to clerkship activities.
Year 4: The student submits a final poster and thesis summarizing their SP. Each student presents the poster at the annual Student Research Symposium, where selected students also provide oral slide presentations. All theses are published in bound hard copies and posted online (link is external) for public access.
Medical Student Time Commitment
- Year 1: Students pair with a faculty mentor with similar interests and goals. The student and mentor submit a project prospectus. Once institutional review board compliance is fulfilled the student begins the research project.
Time commitment: 2-4hrs/wk (Aug-June), 40hrs/wk (Summer between first and second year: June-Aug)
During the first year, students have on average 4 hours of lecture per day. If it does not conflict with class schedules students should be able to attend weekly lab meetings. The summer between first and second year is the only summer “break” during medical school. Many students spend this time doing research or traveling broad doing service/research trips.
- Year 2: The student and mentor meet regularly to carry out the research project. The student provides an oral presentation of their progress to a panel of faculty.
Time Commitment: 2-4hrs/wk (August-December)
Starting in January of the second year, students will begin preparing for their final exams and the USMLE Step1. Dedicated Step 1 study time begins the end of February and goes until they begin clinical rotations in end May. The best time for the oral presentation would be before the winter break.
- Year 3 (the clerkship year): The student and mentor continue to meet regularly, however, the student's time to work on the project may be limited due to clerkship activities.
Time Commitment: 2-4hrs/month
Availability will vary greatly depending on the clerkship students are on. Students have 6 weeks of vacation during the 3rd year (two weeks during the winter holiday). It is possible to use some of that vacation time as a research elective. Vacation may be spread out throughout the year or taken all together in consecutive blocks.
- Year 4: The student submits a research poster. Each student presents the poster at a research symposium of their choice.
Time Commitment: 40hrs/wk for 4wks during dedicated research elective.
Students may take up to 4 weeks a dedicated research elective (4 weeks is the maximum amount of time students can do non clinical electives). The first half of 4th year is fairly busy (June-Jan), as students are studying for their USMLE Step 2 exams, doing sub-internship rotations (both at UCI and at other institutions). From November-January students will be on interviews. The bulk of time available for research will be from Feb-June of the 4th year, however many students are able to fit in 1-2 weeks during the fall either prior to or during interview season.
- Have sufficient expertise and resources to support the proposed research experience of the medical student
- Assist student in planning their project by setting reasonable, attainable goals & establishing a timeline for completion of the project
- Meet with the student on a regular basis
- Direct the project of the medical student
- Attend 6 month meetings with the ICTS to track the students’ progress
- The ICTS will provide administrative support to the students throughout the 4 year program.
Application (Process will be discussed in the Fundamentals of Research Elective)
- Application (1 Page Summary)
- 1 paragraph addressing why you are interested in participating in research during Medical School and how you see research intertwining with your career as an MD
- 1 paragraph explaining your past experiences with research
- List of the top 3 mentors you are interested in working with along with a 2 sentence explanation regarding your interest to work with that mentor for each mentor indicated.