Student Research Programs

Dr. Steven B. Abramson, Chairman, Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine is committed to develop future clinician-scientists, and it sponsors more student research projects than any other clinical department at the NYU School of Medicine.  The Department has a rich tradition in ground-breaking research, and all twelve divisions contribute to the mission of student education.   Students are encouraged to become involved with research at an early stage in their careers, develop a relationship with a mentor, pursue a project throughout medical school, continue with research during residency, and incorporate research as an integral component of their career.

The Internal Medicine Summer Fellowship Program offers students a wide variety of research projects between the first and second years of medical school. Many students build upon this first research experience by continuing the initial research project to complete a concentration in research and participate in the honors program. A stipend is provided summer fellowship students to help support their research. Dr. John Munger is the program’s director.

Student Research Program flowchart and timeline

The largest student based research program is the concentration in research. In this concentration program, students earn credit for graduation while spending twelve weeks focusing on a research project during the final phase of medical school. Whereas some students continue their summer research project, most begin a project at this stage. To help match students with projects, there is a point person in each division knowledgeable about available projects. Other resources include the Department of Medicine’s research faculty and the Department’s faculty bibliography search engine.

Students are also encouraged to make the most of their research by completing the Honor’s Program. Students who complete and defend a formal thesis will graduate with honors in research. Dr. John Munger, a member of the Department and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, is the director of this program. Students interested in the Honor’s Program should contact Dr. Munger early in their undergraduate careers.

In collaboration with graduate medical education, students from NYU have the opportunity to continue their projects after graduation. Two tracks have been developed within the internal medicine residency training program that allows for this type of trajectory: the two-year Physician Scientist Research Track, and the three year Clinician Investigator Track. The goal for each is to foster a career in research as a faculty member through the mentoring of future students in scientific investigation.