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.

Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

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. Students must identify their own MMC research mentor. Bench scientist information is available at the Center for Molecular Medicine and clinical provider information is found at MaineHealth’s Provider Directory. Applicants must be prepared to submit a project proposal, signed by the potential mentor, as part of the application process which includes a MMCRI-specific application and a general MMC Employment Application.

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.

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 an hourly rate and work 40 hours per week for the nine week program starting at the end of May and ending at the end of July.

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)

The 2019 Application Process is now closed. Check back here in early December 2019 for the 2020 application.

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