Medical Students

Medical students are encouraged to participate in some level of supplemental mentored-research training during the completion of their medical training.  Research can be completed during medical school as a voluntary activity when time permits, through participation in elective coursework, or through a competitive fellowship program.  More rigorous training is also available to exceptional medical students with skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research in health-related fields through a break-out period of research and/or participation in graduate training programs.

Voluntary Research

Medical students are encouraged to participate in mentored research opportunities that do not interfere with successful matriculation in the medical curriculum. Support for identifying potential mentors is available through the Center for Clinical & Translational Science Career Development Office.

Career Development Office

Elective Coursework

Formal research training is provided to medical students through the Introduction to Clinical Research curriculum.  The curriculum can be taken as an elective workshop during the summer (typically offered during the last three weeks of July) or as an elective course for academic credit (MD 811) offered during the spring semester. 

Introduction to Clinical Research

During the 4th year of medical school, students may take a research elective.  A wide variety of research electives are available in most clinical and basic science departments, permitting students to pursue opportunities based on their personal interests.

Fellowship Opportunities

Medical students are eligible to apply for a competitive 12- to 18-month Professional Student Mentored Research Fellowship which can be completed as time permits during their 2nd or 3rd year of medical school.  This fellowship provides the student with a $3,000 stipend for participating in a faculty mentored research experience. To be eligible to apply for the program, students must have completed Introduction to Clinical Research as a summer workshop or elective and be in good academic standing.

PSMRF Program

Support for a Research Year

The University of Kentucky TL1 Training Program in Clinical and Translational Science provides funding to support 1-year of dedicated research training (i.e., break-out year) for exceptional pre-doctoral medical students with skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research in health-related fields. Students must be US citizen or permanent resident status.  The program provides stipend, tuition, travel and student health support.  Opportunities to complete graduate programs (e.g., graduate certificate programs, Masters Degrees) during this year are available.


MD/PhD Program

For more than a decade the MD/PhD Program at the University of Kentucky has provided rigorous education and training to prepare men and women for careers as independent physician-scientists and leaders in academic medicine. The MD/PhD program offers a broad array of PhD graduate training opportunities - in addition to traditional biomedical graduate training in the Anatomy/Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Immunology/Microbiology/Molecular Genetics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Nutritional Sciences (College of Medicine), training is offered in Biomedical Engineering (The Graduate School), Pharmaceutical Sciences (College of Pharmacy), and Gerontology (College of Public Health). Graduate PhD training in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (College of Public Health) opened to enrollment in 2009 and Clinical and Translational Science (College of Medicine) in 2010.  A variety of sources of financial support are available for graduate training.

MD/PhD Program