SRPinAM Program Overview

All SRPinAM infrastructure support and Medical Student stipends are funded through a combination of funding sources that includes the T-35 NIH Training Grant, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Cancer Center, Neuroscience and several T-32 NIH Training Grants

The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPinAM) provides opportunities to experience the medical research environment, investigate an area of interest, and work with a faculty mentor. Additionally, participants are given the opportunity to shadow physicians to see how the research relates to the bedside.

The school holds over $230 million in research grants and contracts, including $120 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health. It hosts the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and federally designated centers of excellence in cancer, kidney disease, Alzheimer disease and related disorders, alcohol research, arthritis and sexually transmitted disease centers on both the pediatric and adult levels. Also affiliated with IU School of Medicine is the Regenstrief Institute, an international leader in medical informatics. For more information on research at IUSM, click here.


Who is a Physician-Scientist?

Medical doctors who have research experience, who understand the language and culture of scientists, and who integrate research findings into their clinical practice or choose to pursue biomedical research.

What do they do?

Physician-scientists are essential to the broader goals of scientific medicine and are essential to the improvement of the American people's health by applying science to clinical care.

How do we develop physician-scientists to address basic and applied biomedical questions?

Involving students early in biomedical research is essential to developing emerging independent investigators. Undergraduate Programs like the Methodist Medical Scholars Program, the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research Summer Internship Program, and the Undergraduate Summer Biomedical Research Program at the IUSM can lead to participation in programs in undergraduate medical education (medical school) like the SRPinAM and other like programs

Eventually, these opportunities will lead to additional training through national programs like the HHMI Fellowship Programs, Doris Duke Research Fellowships and further into residency, fellowship and post-doctorate training. The SRPinAM is one way to introduce medical students to biomedical research or for some, a continuation of research pursuits.

Where is the research conducted with SRPinAM?

Some of the Academic Departments or Units where medical students have conducted research include:

Anatomy and Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Medical and Molecular Genetics
Microbiology and Immunology
Pathology and laboratory Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Medical students have also conducted research within Multidisciplinary Research Centers that include the following:

Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Center for Immunobiology
Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Indiana Alcohol Research Center
Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine
Indiana University Diabetes Center
Indiana University Cancer Center
Indiana University Center for Aging Research
Stark Neuroscience Research Institute

How are medical students able to participate in the MSA SRPinAM?

Medical students will be able to apply for the program in the late Fall with a deadline of early January. Initially, medical students will be selected by a combination of MCAT and undergraduate GPA and the first semester medical school GPA in addition to a personal statement and a few essays. The research mentors are equally selected on the basis of their excellence in research, grants and publications and past experience with medical students. Medical students and identified research mentors are matched up considering the student's preference and the mutual area of interest. Although medical students can suggest a research mentor not on the approved list, the research mentor must pass the strict requirements to be included as a research mentor in the program.

What are the medical student's participation commitment?

Medical student must agree to commit to 12 weeks of lab training (minimum of 8 hours per week day). There is a requirement of all participants to participate in the weekly Seminars. Each participant is expected to participate in the IUSM SRPinAM Poster Session in  early September. Medical students will be able to orally present their work at the  conclusion of the program in late July for the Prize competition. The Prizes includes a top prize of more than $13,000 for the top project.  There are smaller prizes ranging from $5,000 to $1,000.

It is the program's goal to continually improve the overall quality of the program and as such we expect participants to help us by evaluating the overall program and their laboratory experience. Additionally, we will expect that the mentors will equally help us by evaluating the quality of participating medical students and the overall program.

What options do medical student program participants have for additional research involvement?

After the conclusion of the summer research experience, it is the hope of the program that participants will consider further training by considering national programs like the

Howard Hughes Medical Institute-NIH Research Scholars Program
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students

Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowships
Sarnoff Fellowship Program
Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program

All of these programs support a year of full-time biomedical research training. Deadlines are typically in December or January of the participants second year in medical school.

Some pf past summer research program participants have even considered going further and doing the IUSM Combined MD/PhD Program. Additionally, some medical students will schedule time in their fourth year elective schedule to conduct additional research.

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