Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM)

Kristin Buzzitta

Kristin Buzzitta, Class of 2012,working on her project in Dr. Michael Sturek's lab


SRPinAM Student Participant/Mentor Orientation beginning at 11:30 a.m. on May 9, 2016, place TBD.

2016 Required Seminar Thursdays will be held in Walther Cancer Research Building 3, Room 303/305.

May 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
July 7, 14, 21

2016 Seminar List of Speakers TBA at Orientation

2016 SRPinAM Competition is scheduled for July 28 and July 29, 2016 beginining at 8:30 a.m. in the Walther Cancer Research Building 3 Auditorium (C203).

2016 SRPinAM Medical Student Participant Poster Session is scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mills Atrium of the Medical Science Building.  The Poster Session lasts until 5:00 p.m.

The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM) began in 1983 to provide research opportunities for medical students in hopes of furthering the medical student's aspirations to become a physician scientist. There are more than 40 students annually performing research in basic science, clinical and translational sciences.

In 1987, the program hit a milestone and was able to secure an NIH training grant that ran through 2005. Under the leadership of Dr. Nadia Carlesso,  in 2011, IUSM applied for another NIH training grant to once again support the program. From 2005 until 2011, support for the program came through a variety of avenues, but the mostly from the IUSM Dean's Office and the Center for Translational Science Institute (CTSI).  Beginning with the Summer 2012, the SRPinAM was funded through a T-35 NIH Training Grant funding 24 students. An additional 8 students are being funded through CTSI. The SRPinAM is becoming a recognized and prestigious opprtunity for our IUSM medical students wanting to do basic science research.  As a result, the program has become an umbrella for other funded NIH research opportunities which includes funding from the NIH T35 Training Grant in Bone Biology, NIH T-32 Training Grant in Microbiology, the Cancer Center, CEMH and the recently established Neuroscience Center.

Forty-six medical students were selected to participate in the Student Research Program in Academic Medicine in the spring of 2015. The students spent 12 weeks during the summer doing their own research projects with the guidance of IUSM research mentors as well as attending weekly seminars to learn more about the process of considering research as a future endeavor. 

Medical students are encouraged to consider participating in this program as a launching pad for other research opportunities (Master's in Translational Science, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship and Doris Duke Research Programs) as they develop into physician scientists within their IUSM medical education and beyond.

"Clinical translation of scientific discoveries needs the coordinated action of scientists and clinicians. Bridging the worlds of the research lab and the clinic is made possible through the work of physician-scientists."


To contribute to the number of physician-scientists by encouraging and fostering a generation of medical students interested in biomedical research.


To create opportunities for medical students to experience hypothesis-driven research focused on themolecular basis of disease with clinical transllation potential.

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