Research Education Program for Minority Medical Students (REPMMS)

Purpose & Overview

The goal of the REPMMS is to introduce medical students in the Flex Curriculum to clinical and biomedical research in cardiovascular biology by allowing them to work in a research environment under the guidance of an experienced investigator. The program dates for 2021 is March 8 - June 4. Research Education Program for Minority Medical Students (REPMMS) is a 13 week research experience that offers underrepresented students including minority students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities, the opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on a funded research project and acquaint them with an area of cardiovascular research that is currently under investigation in the mentor's lab. The REPMMS 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 and meet all of the requirements for the research track of the Flex curriculum. In addition, students will present their research at the Perry Halushka MUSC Research Day.

Eligibility & Requirements

Medical students from underrepresented backgrounds, including minority students, those from disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are eligible to apply. Applicants must be in good academic standing by successfully completing all 12 blocks of the Pre-clerkship medical curriculum and the Systems Interation block. Applicants must take the USMLE Step 1 exam by the March 6, 2020 deadline.

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. Students must be able to work continuously from March 8, 2021 through June 4, 2021.

Financial Support

Students will be awarded a living allowance of approximately $5600.00 for 10 weeks and up to $1000 for supplies/travel for related conferences via virtual.

How to Apply

Applications for the Research Education Program for Minority Medical Students (REPMMS) are to be completed online, jointly with the student’s research mentor. Students should contact Dr. Paul McDermott at if they have any questions.

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