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Emergency Medicine Summer Research Programs

Program Overview

These programs are intended to develop future clinical investigators by providing research experience, instruction, and mentoring to medical students early in their education. Students will obtain hands-on experience with faculty-initiated research programs and attend lectures on how to develop a research proposal.

Didactic lectures on the following topics will be presented: Drafting the Research Question, Searching the Literature, Study Design 1 and 2, Introduction to Statistics, and Anatomy of a Grant Proposal. Early in the summer, students may also attend the Department of Emergency Medicine's Resident Research Day. Held at Davidge Hall, this annual conference features resident research presentations and a lecture by a nationally recognized guest professor.

There are two programs, both offered to University of Maryland medical students who have just completed their first year. Both are 9-week programs that will run from May 31-July 29, 2011.

Research Workshop

This is a part-time offering intended for 6-12 students. Students spend an average of 8 hours per week on faculty-initiated research and attend lecture sessions. Scheduling of work on faculty projects is somewhat flexible. Students completing the workshop will receive a certificate, but there is no stipend available. This is a good way to get started in EM research at U of M.

Research Internship

This is a full-time, more intense, offering. In addition to attending didactic lectures and research meetings, interns are expected to spend 20 hours per week on faculty-initiated research and develop a 5-page student-initiated research proposal and 15-minute presentation.

The internship is intended for 1-3 students. Students completing the internship will receive a certificate and a $2500 stipend.

Application Process

Students participating in both programs must complete New Investigator Training through the University of Maryland Human Research Protections Office ( This training includes completion of the CITI (14 modules for Biomedical Research) and HIPAA modules (125 and 201). They should then register for a CICERO account ( These steps take about 2-4 hours to complete, but they are educational!

Applicants for the internship must have completed all training and be registered in CICERO by March 15, 2011; workshop students must have completed this training by May 20, 2011.

Interested applicants for both programs should send a completed application form and curriculum vitae to Dr. Michael Witting ( by March 15.

There will be a mandatory 3-hour orientation session for students in both programs on May 31, 2011.