Throughout the process, many questions tend to arise. Here is a list of resources available to Penn medical students for guidance as they navigate the process of conducting research:
Your Advisory Dean (see under Student Affairs) is a great resource for discussing your research interests and brainstorming ideas. In addition, for fellowships that require a Dean's Letter, your Advisory Dean will write the letter for you. For all other fellowships, your Advisory Dean is an option for a recommendation letter.
COMBINED DEGREE OFFICE
Contact the Associate Director, who would be happy to meet with you to discuss your research interests and brainstorm ideas.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions to get answers to several frequently asked questions.
If you are considering a year out of research, the Registrar is a great resource to discuss planning electives, sub-Is, etc. in advance.
RESEARCH OPPS FOR FIRST YEARS INFO SESSION
Check out the video of the 2020 Research Opportunities for First Years Information Session (11/30/2020) moderated by Dr. Skip Brass, Associate Dean and Director, Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs, with a Student Panel of second year medical students. You may also access the presentation slides.
Many of our Penn medical students, who have conducted prior short term and year out research projects, have ideas and advice that they'd like to share with interested students.
YEAR OUT INFO SESSION & PLANNING GUIDE
Check out the 2020 Year Out Research Opportunities Information Session (12/7/2020) moderated by Dr. Skip Brass, Associate Dean and Director, Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs, with program directors and a student panel. You may also access the presentation slides.
If you are considering taking a year out from medical school, check out the Year Out Planning Guide for a couple of things for you to think about and be aware of.