Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) supports research training for medical students and clinical trainees. Opportunities for medical staff and trainees to participate in mentored research projects include our Medical Student Summer Research Program and research rotations. These projects are competitively assessed for institutional funding through our Mentored Research Grant Program.

Clinical trainees within the residency and fellowship programs at Maine Medical Center are encouraged to consider the Center for Molecular Medicine for translational research projects. These projects can be supported by institutional funds or by external fellowships.

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Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) offers medical students enrolled in US medical schools a unique opportunity to conduct research during the months between the first and second year of medical school. Preference is given to Tufts Maine Track Medical Students.

MMCRI provides funding for three rising second year Tufts Maine Track Medical Students: one dedicated to a research project at the Hannaford Center for Safety, Innovation and Simulation, and two additional positions working on research projects in biomedical research, clinical and translational research, or outcomes research.

Rising second year medical students enrolled in domestic medical school programs other than the Tufts Maine Track program are eligible to apply and be selected to participate in research projects but if selected must be able to secure their own funding through their school or another funding agency or mechanism.

Students may indicate their interest in the research projects listed in the MMCRI application or they may seek out their own MMC research mentor in an area of interest and enter the information about the project in the application.

During the program students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops featuring topics including bioethics, animal use in biomedical science and scientific presentation skills, as well as the opportunity to attend presentations by guest scientists and MMCRI faculty.

Medical students employed by MMC for this program are paid at a rate of $15 per hour and work 40 hours per week for the ten week program.  Shorter fellowships (minimum 8 weeks) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of Medical Student Projects

  • Identifying Unmet Palliative Care Needs: Use and Utility of the ‘Surprise Question’ in Emergency and Inpatient Settings (Clinical Research: Emergency Medicine)
  • High Quality CPR- Assessment and Educational Intervention for Hospital Code Teams through a Simulation-based, Multicenter Study (Clinical Research: Simulation Center)
  • Re-evaluating the Threshold for Treatment in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Clinical Research: Pediatrics)
  • Pediatric caregiver experience of the hospital to home transition: satisfiers and dissatisfiers with an emphasis on discharge medication processes (Clinical Research: Pediatrics)
  • 10 year cross-sectional study of mechanically assisted crevice corrosion in 1352 consecutive patients with metal-on polyethylene total hip arthroplasty (Clinical Research: Orthopedics)

2019 Application Process Closed

MMCRI’s Summer Medical Student Research Program has a two part application process.

1.    You must go online and complete the Maine Medical Center Employment Application 

2.    You must complete the supplemental MMCRI Summer Medical Student Research Program Application

Only applicants who complete both parts of the application will be considered.

The MMC Employment application asks for information about your past employment and education history- you may upload a resume and it will pre-populate much of that application for you. The MMC Employment application will ask you to provide the names and contact information for three references. Your references may be contacted via email or phone but formal recommendation letters are not required to be submitted as part of the MMC or MMCRI applications.

The application deadline for the Summer Medical Student Application is February 11, 2019. Selection will begin in February, and all students will be notified by mid-March. Students being considered for positions may be contacted for interviews which may be conducted via telephone or Skype.

Mentored Research Grant Program

Funding through this program is available only to physician and nurse clinical trainees at the undergraduate (e.g. medical students, nursing students) and graduate (e.g. residents, fellows) levels.

  • Applicants are expected to have established a mentoring relationship with a more senior faculty or staff member who can guide them through their project.
  • Grants are awarded for a 1-year period of time.

For more information:  Mentored Research Grant Program