Welcome Penn Med Students!

If you are thinking about an academic career and interested in conducting research during medical school as a step in that direction, you've come to the right place! This website has been designed to help Penn medical students navigate the many research options available. The most frequent scenarios are:


Medical students typically choose to do research between the first and second year of Medical School, though this does not count as credit toward graduation.


Medical students, not enrolled in a Combined Degree program, will engage in some form of research for a minimum of three months to fulfill their Scholarly Pursuit requirement in Module 5. Some students will choose to do a full year of research.


Medical students who have completed their third year of Medical School may opt to take a Scholarly Year or Scholarly Year Out to conduct elective research.


Medical students may choose to pursue a master's degree in addition to their MD. Our formal dual degree programs provide an opportunity for students to get an additional degree in less time with less cost than pursuing the 2 degrees separately. However, in some cases, students choose to pursue a Master's degree outside Penn. For more information, visit the MD/Master's Programs.


Medical students may choose to pursue a Juris Doctorate (JD) at Penn Law in addition to their MD. For more information, visit the MD/JD program.


Those who would like to commit to a substantial training period and who are committed to a research career can apply for the MD/PhD program in their 1st or 2nd year of Medical School. For more information, visit the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program

The main objective of a research program is to provide medical students with the opportunity to:

  • Familiarize themselves with research methodology and techniques
  • Work with faculty mentors who are experts in their field
  • Experience designing and following through on their own research plan

If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Us.