Student Research Program in Academic Medicine

A female medical student is looking at a test tube.

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. More then 30 students annually performing research in basic science, clinical and translational sciences have taken advantage of the program since 1984.

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, IUSM re-applied for an NIH training grant to once again help support the program and was successful. From 2005 until 2011, support for the program came through a variety of avenues, but the majority of the funding came 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 CTSI and other IUSM NIH Training Grants.

Thirty-five medical students were selected to participate in the Student Research Program in Academic Medicine in the spring of 2014. The students spent 12 weeks during the 2014 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.