UC Davis School of Medicine students have a number of options for structuring a research experience within the context of your medical studies.   It can take the form of brief independent study, a summer experience, a longitudinal experience throughout medical school, or a second degree program (Master's Degree or Ph.D.).

Options for students interested in more rigorous research training involving significantly greater commitments of time include:

Medical Student Research Fellowship: for students interested in spending up to a year enhancing their medical training through direct participation in basic science, clinical investigation, or health care delivery research.

Scholarly Project Option (PDF): The SPO allows a student to engage in focused learning on a topic of their choosing that promotes a close relationship between a student and a research mentor over the course of the final 12 months of medical school.

TL1 Pre-Doctoral Clinical Research Training Program: for junior trainees interested in spending one year developing skills required for a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to human health.  This program provides the student with an opportunity to obtain an M.A.S. in Clinical Research.

P.S.T.P.: the Physician Scientist Training Program (P.S.T.P.): is a dual degree program (M.D./Ph.D.) designed to rigorously train physician scientists who anticipate an academic career in their chosen research field.

NEW 5-Year Research Intensive M.D. Pathway: The program, which will start accepting students in 2019, is designed for students interested in a career teaching, providing patient care, and doing research at an academic center. The program will provide intensive mentoring, training, and a continuous research experience starting 6 weeks before the first year of medical school, continuing through all four years. Students will have an additional research intensive year between years three and four of medical school. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact Dr. Frederick J. Meyers and/or Dr. Luis F. Santana.