UC Davis School of Medicine students have a number of options for structuring a research experience within the context of your medical studies.   It can take the form of brief independent study, a summer experience, a longitudinal experience throughout medical school, or a second degree program (Master's Degree or Ph.D.).

Options for students interested in more rigorous research training involving significantly greater commitments of time include:

Medical Student Research Fellowship: for students interested in spending up to a year enhancing their medical training through direct participation in basic science, clinical investigation, or health care delivery research.

Scholarly Project Option (PDF): The SPO allows a student to engage in focused learning on a topic of their choosing that promotes a close relationship between a student and a research mentor over the course of the final 12 months of medical school.

TL1 Pre-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program: for junior trainees interested in spending one year developing skills required for a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to human health.  This program provides the student with an opportunity to obtain an M.A.S. in Clinical Research.

P.S.T.P.: the Physician Scientist Training Program (P.S.T.P.): is a dual degree program (M.D./Ph.D.) designed to rigorously train physician scientists who anticipate an academic career in their chosen research field.

Academic Research Careers for Medical Doctors (ARC-MD): The program, which will start accepting students in 2019, is designed for students interested in a career teaching, providing patient care, and doing research at an academic center. The program will provide mentoring, training, and a continuous research experience starting 3 weeks before the first year of medical school, continuing through all four years. Students will have an additional research intensive year between years three and four of medical school.