1st Year Medical Student Program

University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center
Type Clinical Research, Academic Enrichment, Academic Year Program, Clinical Observation
Deadline January 18, 2015


The 1st Year Medical Student program is a 10-week research program specifically designed for medical students who are interested in hands-on biomedical, translational or clinical research and have completed their first year of medical school.

Students are matched with a member of MD Anderson’s distinguished research and clinical faculty. Individual research projects are crafted by faculty mentors and reflect the ongoing research efforts of the institution's clinics and laboratories. Participants will work alongside his or her mentor in one of our state of the art research facilities or in the clinic. Valuable scientific connections with faculty, residents and postdoctoral fellows, as well as other student participants are created. The research projects, institutional lectures and workshops, and scientific connections are valuable tools that students can use to assess their individual career goals related to research and patient care in oncology. The program culminates with a research symposium in which participants are required to present individual talks and posters on their summer projects in front of their peers and faculty.   

The 10-week program will include:

  • hands-on investigative scientific research under the direction of MD Anderson faculty
  • opportunities for clinical observation in various radiologic, medical and surgical disciplines
  • expert lecture series specifically tailored for medical students designed to expand student’s knowledge of various scientific fields and medical disciplines
  • interview skills workshop
  • end-of-program presentation of research projects


Program Eligibility and Requirements

  • Students  in good academic standing that have completed their first year of medical school as of May, 2015 at an LCME- or COCA-accredited US medical school are eligible to apply.
  • Students should demonstrate an interest and aptitude for scientific investigation
  • Selected students must commit to the full ten-week program, and must not be involved in other summer employment. No partial participation will be allowed.
  • Participants must comply with all institutional policies regarding conduct, academic honesty, and lawful behavior.