The Medical Scholars Program provides rising second year students in good academic standing with an opportunity to expand their scholarly experiences and learn how medical knowledge is derived. Students participate in research activities that include basic science, clinical, translational or educational research.
Research projects are carried out for up to ten weeks during the summer between the first and second year of medical school. Through their participation in the program students learn how to frame a testable hypothesis, write a research proposal, carry out a project, evaluate scientific and medical data, and write up their results. Students present their findings in the fall, at the Medical Partnership Student and Resident Research Symposium. Students also have an opportunity to communicate their findings through presentations at other local, regional, and national scientific meetings.
Medical Partnership students travel far and wide to work with mentors in a variety of specialties and settings. While some students choose to stay in Athens or Augusta, others conduct research at academic institutions, hospitals, and clinics across the United States, as well as internationally.
Applications are due in the early spring. Application guidelines, and application forms can be found in the Medical Scholars Program Handbook.
Brief descriptions of prior research projects funded by the Medical Scholars Program can be found in the following Medical Student & Resident Research Symposium programs: