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RPMS: Research Program for Medical Students

This program provides research opportunities to USC SOM medical students during the summer following their first year.

The Research Program for Medical Students is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and allows USC SOM medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist.

Program Components

This is an eight-week research experience provided by basic science and clinical faculty which constitutes an important element of a well-rounded medical education.  Students will learn how basic research integrates with clinical practice, moving science from “bench-to-bedside”.

RPMS students will participate in a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students can select a mentor from a list of basic science and clinical faculty who are participating in the RPMS program. The program provides an opportunity for students to get involved in a research project to which they can make a positive contribution. 

Students are required to present their research to faculty and their peers during the Wednesday Graduate Student Seminar series in the fall following their research experience and to present a poster in the spring semester at the USC SOM-Palmetto Health research event.

Program details

  • Applicants must be enrolled at USC SOM and completing their first year of medical school.
  • Prior research experience is not required.
  • Students must participate for a minimum of 8 weeks between June and August.
  • Selected students will receive a stipend of $2,500 for the 8 week period of training.
  • Attendance to RPMS Seminars is mandatory.
  • Students must present their project findings during the Graduate Student Seminar as well as during the spring research event.
  • Student Applications Open December 2018 for Summer 2019 Internships

To learn more, please contact Dr. Edie Goldsmith at 803-216-3809 or