MSRP Program Structure

MSRP Program Structure

The goal of the Medical Student Research Training Program is to provide medical students with structured training in clinical research and the tools necessary to begin a successful career in academic medicine

Application Process

  • Identify a clinical research mentor who is also a DCRI faculty member and a clinical project (see Research Projects below for requirements). Former 3rd-year Duke medical students are an excellent resource for information about mentors, projects, and scholarship opportunities.
  • Contact the DCRI course directors (listed below) if you have specific questions about project ideas and identifying suitable mentor(s) at the DCRI.
  • Develop a project research proposal.
  • Submit the proposal (project title, description, mentors) to the medical school administrators for this program.
  • Apply for Duke CTSA scholarship or other funding.
  • Once the project has been approved, contact the DCRI course directors to start planning the 3rd-year schedule.

For more information about the application process, please contact a course director: Vivian Chu, MD, or Bimal Shah, MD.

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Didactic Curriculum

  • Monday seminars (noon)
    Joint sessions with DCRI fellows focusing on practical aspects of conducting research
  • DCRI Research Conferences (typically, every Tuesday at noon)
  • Medical student-specific lectures throughout the year

Research Projects

  • At least one project in which the student designs a hypothesis and analysis plan, participates in data collection, and writes a manuscript—Suitable for peer-reviewed journal submission
  • Involvement in other research projects—Outcomes analyses, clinical trials operations, review papers, book chapters, local site-based research projects


  • At least one DCRI faculty member
  • Fellows—Project-specific pairing with students
  • DCRI Course Directors—Quarterly reviews

Infrastructure Support

  • Desk space and resources in DCRI building—Computer and telephone
  • Tuition for CRTP courses (if not a CTSA scholarship recipient)
  • Funding to present research at a national conference