Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Research & Fellowship Opportunities for
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Research Tips

Resources & Tips

Here are some resources to help Penn medical students navigate their research experience - whether short term or year out:


Academic Mentoring - How to Give It and How to Get It - JAMA article by Allan Detsky and Mark Otto Baerlocher.

Research Plan Discussion sheet - the Combined Degree Office encourages year out students to use this sheet as a reference, when they meet with their mentor at the beginning of the fellowship year.

SMART Goals - a year out research student made the following recommendation, "Creating and implementing clear goals is the key to success in any research opportunity, and I believe the SMART Goals framework is an excellent way to get started. This guidepost really allows you to think through what you want to achieve in a manner that keeps both you AND your mentor accountable to a timeline."


The Biomedical Library has a myriad of resources and experienced staff who can help you with your research projects. On their Medical Students Guide, you will find resources such as:

  • Resources to find research articles
  • Schedule a consult with a librarian to discuss your information needs (e.g. help you dig into research questions and launch projects)

The Biomedical Library has Tutorials you can watch on popular tools such as Excel, Google Scholar, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda) training is available for free to all Penn faculty, students, and staff with a valid PennKey. For more information, visit: Penn Computing: LinkedIn Learning website.

Khan Academy online statistics lectures - a student found the lectures really helpful in understanding basic statistics.

NIH Core Curriculum in Clinical Research - free courses offered include: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR); Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP); and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. These courses are offered as distance learning courses.


Journal Clubs

Scientific Presentations

Poster Advice / Templates

Here are a couple online resources that may help guide you in creating a scientific poster:

For Penn poster templates and logos, visit Penn Libraries - Digital Media Services for Health Sciences - Template and Logos.

Poster Printing

Students can go to any printing place such as Kinkos, Staples, Slidemakers, etc. to print a large poster. On campus resources include:

Presenting at a Conference

PSOM medical students who are accepted to present at a conference can receive up to $500 per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) to cover costs related to presenting their research including registration, transportation, lodging or printing. Please reach out to Anna Delaney, Chief Operating Officer ( and Nancy O’Reilly, Associate Director of Finance ( for approval and to initiate the reimbursement process.



  • Writing an Abstract - PPT by Dr. Rachel Kelz, program co-leader of the former Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship program.


Editing Assistance

  • Postdoctoral Editors Association - provides free, confidential editing services to all CHOP and Penn community members of a variety of documents including manuscripts, abstracts, grant proposals, and slides/posters for meetings. The PEA is a group of postdoctoral fellows organized as an adjunct of the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council. This group has volunteered to assist postdoctoral authors in articulating their thoughts by editing scientific manuscripts for language usage, punctuation, and organization. This service was designed specifically to answer the request of many postdoctoral researchers for whom English is a second language, but we anticipate that it will be useful for any postdoctoral researcher engaged in scientific writing. This service is intended to optimize the interaction of postdoctoral researchers and their mentors during the process of preparing a manuscript for publication by minimizing the time they spend on basic writing skills. Postdoctoral Editors Association members, while endeavoring to clarify meaning, will provide only minimal scientific review of manuscripts as this critical dialogue during the process of preparing a manuscript should occur between postdoctoral researchers and their mentors.

Research Paper Prize Competition - A competition every winter where Perelman med students submit their research papers to win prizes.

Travel Grants — a list of a sample of travel grants


Prezi: Presentation Software - some students have suggested Prezi as an alternative to Power Point.

Khan Academy online statistics lectures - a student found the lectures really helpful in understanding basic statistics.

Google Scholar Button for Firefox - a Penn librarian suggested the Google Scholar Button to make easy access to Google Scholar.

ORCID - BGS is encouraging their graduate students to obtain an ORCID ID. ORCID is a way of managing your publications and other scholarly activity. It’s free to use and integrates well with other citation databases, including PubMed and Scopus, and many publishers and some grant funders now require an ORCID ID for submissions.