Summer Health Profession Program

Purpose & Overview

The goal of the program is to introduce students in the health professions to biomedical research by allowing them to work during the summer in a research environment under the guidance of an experienced investigator.

CGS-723: Summer Health Professions Research Experiences

This is a 10 week summer course that provides professional students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a funded research project and acquaints the students with an area of specialized research currently under investigation in the faculty member's lab. The course will provide hands on experience with many research skills, which may include subject recruitment, outcome testing, data entry, analysis, cell, and molecular biology techniques, to name just a few. Students are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week in the laboratory. There will also be a lecture component to this course. Tuition for this course is waived for participants in the program.

In addition to the course, there will be mandatory training on the Responsible Conduct of Research.

At the end of the program, student will submit a project report in the style of a short scientific journal article. Students will also make an oral presentation of their project at the end of the program (last week of July) and present their research at the Perry V. Halushka MUSC Student Research Day in November.

Eligibility & Requirements

Students in MUSC's Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health Professions and other Medical Schools throughout the United States, who are enrolled in a professional graduate program (e.g. M.D., Pharm.D., D.M.D.) are eligible to apply. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. A transcript from MUSC must be provided. If applicants are on a pass/fail system, they must provide a letter from their Dean's office certifying that they are in good standing and passing with a 3.0 or above. Preference is given to students with a GPA of 3.2 or above. Students with Ph.D. research degrees or extensive research experience are not eligible for this program. Students may participate in this program at any point in their course of study. A student may not hold other employment during the period of the award. The program is administered through the College of Graduate Studies, Suite 101 in the Bioengineering Building. The host sponsor must have adequate resources to support the proposed student project.

Students must be able to work continuously from May 20, 2019 through July 26, 2019 – with no exceptions.

Financial Support

Students will be awarded a living allowance of approximately $3900 for 10 weeks. (Those students accepted for the program should be prepared to be able to support themselves for the first 4 weeks of the program as it may take that long for the first stipend check to be available.)

Research Areas

  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Minority Medical Students in Cardiovascular Research
  • Craniofacial and Oral Health Research
  • Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences 

How to Apply

Applications to the Summer Health Professional Program (SHP) are to be completed online, jointly with the student's research sponsor:

Apply Here

Students will be notified of their acceptance status as soon as the program receives notice of the final grant awards by the awarding agencies. This could be as late as the end of April. A list of extramurally funded MUSC faculty and their project titles can be found at here. Students who need assistance in finding a sponsor should contact one of following:

Short Term Research Training in Metabolic Diseases

Raymond N. DuBois, M.D./Ph.D.

Short Term Research Training For Minority Medical Students in Cardiovascular Research

Paul McDermott, Ph.D.

Short Term Research Training in Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences

Short Term Research Training in Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences
Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D.