Resources for Medical Students
An important resource for medical students and faculty scholars is the Office of RISE. Located within the Office of Educational Affairs, specialists are available to help students and faculty navigate through scholarly experiences. The Office of RISE can assist in acting as an advocate in this process, providing guidance and materials regarding the pursuit and presentation of scholarly work.
A complete listing of all resources is available on CANVAS in the RISE organization. - Requires USF NetID via Single-Sign On
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RISE Overarching Curriculum and Research Methodology
RISE Overarching Curriculum
RISE offers medical students access to a centralized curriculum for undertaking scholarly projects, focusing on those all-important skills sets such as study design, IRB, effective library searches, EBM, biostatistics, oral presentation skills etc. The following is a list of current offerings; some done in conjunction with the Office of Student Affairs and Collegia:
- What is Scholarship?
- Effective Library Searches and Available Resources
- Study Design in-Depth
- Hands on IRB
- CV Writing
- Oral Presentation Skills
- Poster Presentation Skills
- Scientific Writing skills
- Research: The Search for Knowledge (PDF)
- The Retrospective Chart Review: Important Methodological Considerations (PDF)
- Social Science Research (PDF)
- Biostatistics (PDF)
- What is a P-Value Anyway? (PDF)
- Shimberg Health Sciences Library
- Shimberg Researcher Guide
- REDCap Electronic Data Capture for Research - Need to contact Research Computing Support at email@example.com for assistance in setting up your account
- Applications for Research Compliance (ARC) portal
- IRB FAQ for USF and LVHN
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- IRB Comparison document (PDF)
- IRB Step by Step (PDF)
- Division of Research Integrity and Compliance Helpful Hints (PDF)
- Completion of Conflict of Interest Policy
- Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program)
- CITI Program Training Registration Instructions (PDF)
- CITI Courses Currently Offered by USF DRIC (PDF)
- Research Protocol-Template
- Guidelines on Style for Scientific Writing
Medical Societies and Meetings
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Writing and Presentation Resources
How to write a scientific paper:
- Writing Resources
- Writing Scientific Papers
- Shimberg Health Sciences Library
- Shimberg Researcher Guide
- EndNote Reference Manager
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
- How to get your research published
How to write an Abstract:
- Writing Resources
- A “How-To” Guide for Preparing Abstracts & Poster Presentations
- How to Write an Abstract that will be accepted for Presentation at a National Meeting
- Guide to Preparing for the Abstract Competition
How to Prepare a Poster / Oral Presentation:
- How to Create a Scientific Poster
- Posters with Impact (PDF)
- USF Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence
- Oral Presentation Skills
Current medical students can find some excellent examples of CV formats on the Careers in Medicine web site at https://www.aamc.org/cim/ or click below:
Medical Students should begin compiling a CV in the first year of medical school. The document should include all undergraduate and graduate education and educational honors relevant publications and research relevant work and volunteer experience personal information the student wishes to share. Non-traditional students will also need to account for all time between undergraduate and/or graduate school and the time medical school began. All time gaps must be accounted for.
Students are encouraged to compile their CV in the first year of medical school and continue to update activities and honors as they progress. This will prepare the student not only for applying to residency programs during the fourth year, but will also allow them to quickly apply for scholarships and research grants throughout medical school. The CV will be useful and necessary throughout one’s professional career.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Morsani College of Medicine has funding available to help support student travel to regional and national conferences as part of a student’s educational development. If interested in traveling to present at a conference, or to attend a meeting as a student group/organization please contact the Office of Student Affairs. For students who have been accepted to present at a conference, include the acceptance email received as well as a link to the conference in your travel request.
Students must register all scholarly projects with the Office of Research, Innovations & Scholarly Endeavors (RISE) through the Archivum platform in order to qualify for financial support for travel/presentation opportunities.
- Funding is available only for meetings within the continental US.
- Funding cannot be provided if a request is less than 6 weeks prior to the date of travel.
- There is an informational presentation that you must view prior to obtaining funding.
- Funding is granted only for reimbursement. Students must pay for all up-front costs to travel.
- The Office of Student Affairs can only assist in financially supporting student travel. The funding received may not cover the entirety of the travel arrangements.
- Provision of travel funding does NOT mean that the student is automatically excused from mandatory coursework. Students MUST submit absence requests to course and clerkship directors for travel related absences. If the absence is not excused, students will need to forfeit the travel funding.
The USF System International Travel Authority Policy #10-507, requires that all USF Health students, and faculty/staff accompanying student(s) abroad, who are engaged in any university-related travel program, must register their travel with USF Health International.
University-related travel is any international travel conducted as part of a USF program requirement, clinical rotation, research project, service learning, field experience, conference, student organization trip, volunteer, or any international activity tied to an individual’s status as an active USF student, regardless of the source of funding for travel.
All USF Health Morsani College of Medicine students are required to first contact MCOM’s international programs office for initial travel approval and then will be directed to complete the USF Health travel registration processes. Ms. Linman Li, Lli1@health.usf.edu is the contact for this service.
Once registered, you will be enrolled in USF’s mandatory International Health and Evacuation Insurance offered by United Healthcare Global, a leading industry provider, free of cost. You will also automatically benefit from USF World’s 24/7 International Assistance Line (+1-813-317-5815) and the International Risk and Security Office services.
Note- In order to ensure completion of the travel registration requirements, it is strongly recommended that all students contact their College’s International Programs office a minimum of 90 days prior to planned departure.
To review the USF Health Travel Processes, please visit our website USFHealth International.
Extramural Funding Opportunities
The following is a sample listing of scholarship opportunities available to MCOM students. A more in-depth Extramural Funding List is available on the RISE CANVAS organization shell.
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American Heart Association (AHA)
Medical Student Summer Fellowship
USF Morsani College of Medicine is extremely fortunate to have an American Heart Association Summer Medical Student Research Fellowship award offered through the USF HEALTH Office of Research, Principal Investigator Phillip J. Marty, PhD, Associate Vice President, USF Health, Interim Chair, MCOM Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.
The goal of this award is to encourage students to pursue careers in cardiovascular research. Through Dr. Marty, the AHA makes awards available to three first-year medical students to conduct 8 - 10 weeks of research on cardiovascular or stroke-related topics. Benefits of the award include an increased stipend, discretionary funding and the recognition of being an ‘American Heart Association Summer Medical Student Research Fellow’.
Eligibility: Relevant scholarly proposals accepted by the Scholarly Concentrations Program (SCP) or the Research Innovation & Scholarly Endeavor (RISE) Summer Scholarly Award experience will then be further reviewed by a committee chaired by Dr. Phillip Marty for consideration.
AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein
Student Research Fellowship
In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five student research fellowship awards to encourage and support student research. Since then, the awards have grown in number to more than fifty each year.
The fellowship emphasizes a student-designed and initiated project with an academic mentor. Recipients of the fellowship tell us that the awards have helped them to learn about the joys of scientific and scholarly discovery, and increase their critical understanding of scholarship and research in health care and science. Many recipients of the fellowship have followed up their work as student-researchers to become physician-scientists.
The student receives a $5000 award, with $1000 available for travel to a national meeting to present the research results. In 2004, the name of the fellowship program was changed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship awards in honor of Carolyn L. Kuckein, AΩA’s longtime administrator, who died in January 2004.
The proposal selected by the councilor's selection committee must be sent to the national office, and must include, in addition to the items included in the submission to the councilor:
- A letter of endorsement from the AΩA councilor; and
- A dean's endorsement that should comment upon the student's achievements and potential and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.
NIH Biomedical Research
Summer Internship Program
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. The NIH consists of the 240-bed Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center and more than 1200 laboratories/research projects located on the main campus in Bethesda, MD.
Application for summer 2018 internship will be available in mid-November 2017.
NIDDK Diabetes and Obesity
Medical Student Research Program
The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of the NIDDK-funded Research Centers during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school. The Program helps students gain an improved understanding of career opportunities in biomedical research and a comprehensive understanding of diabetes, its clinical manifestations and its unsolved problems. Prior research experience is not required.
In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student attends a series of web-cast seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a brief summary of his/her work at a scientific symposium for all Program participants in Nashville, TN (August 1-2, 2018).
Eligibility: Students who are in between their first and second year or second and third year of medical school.
PDF- American Parkinson Disease Association
Summer Student Fellowships
In 2015, PDF and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) partnered to expand PDF’s existing Summer Student Fellowships Program, which supports students – from advanced undergraduates to medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the PDF-APDA Summer Student Fellowships is to cultivate students’ early interest in helping to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s and providing the tools they need to transition into leaders in the field.
Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project.
Summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of clinical or laboratory work with an award of $4,000. Upon completion of their project, Fellows are invited to apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds to attend a related scientific conference to present their research. The award is to be used to support the student's summer research, for example, to defray tuition costs of research credits or to supplement living/housing costs. This award may be taxable; an IRS form 1099 will be sent to the recipient at the end of the calendar year.
Eligibility: Undergraduate students and medical students are eligible for summer fellowships. Each applicant must identify a mentor with whom he or she will conduct the proposed project. This program is open to both national and international applicants.
Application Instructions and Deadlines: Please note that all applications must be submitted online through the PDF website at grants.pdf.org; no paper copies will be accepted. This application period typically opens in December and closes in late January. Please see the grants deadline page for current dates. Successful applicants are typically notified in mid-March of PDF's decisions. Funding for successful applicants may commence as early as June 1.
Integrating scholarly work and research into the Clinical Years
The clinical years are a busy and exciting time. However, there is time in the clinical schedule to complete the work, and it is very possible to integrate your scholarly work into some of the existing clerkships that you will be completing.
Below are some suggestions as to how to approach your schedule with your concentration in mind: