Student Research Assistantship Program

Let me tell you about an exciting summer opportunity. The opportunity is the Family Medicine Student Research Assistantship Program (R.A.P.). In its 23-year history, 154 medical students have completed and highly rated the program.

R.A.P. may be for you, if you would enjoy working in a clinical setting while learning something about clinically relevant research.

R.A.P. is designed to:

  • Improve your ability to read the medical literature
  • Increase your ability to think critically based on medical observations experienced in every day practice
  • Provide you with an opportunity to present your written report at a professional meeting at no expense to you and/or become published before you graduate.
  • Provide you with an opportunity to see family medicine up close and personal by participating directly in a family medicine residency program and clinic. (70% research, 30% clinical care)

You don't have to be a rocket scientist, love rats, or punch a clock.

You will receive a stipend of $2,000 for your eight-week equivalent project by meeting the terms of your written agreement.

The Process

  1. Contact Sharon Tabachnick, Ph.D. for more details as needed.
  2. Complete and return the attached 2012 application . (Deadline: April 20, 2012.
  3. The Family Medicine Research Division will select candidates from the completed application by Friday, May 4, 2012.
  4. Selected candidates' attend the orientation -- Friday, May 18, 2012, 2 - 4 p.m.
  5. RAP students must sign a written agreement and complete employment/stipend form by Friday, May 18, 2012).
  6. Each student will be supervised throughout the course of the project according to the nature of the project.
  7. Students will complete a poster and PowerPoint presentation of their project to students, residents, and faculty the week of August 1st (Annual Research Day).
  8. Students will receive two stipend payments of $1,000 for work completed under the terms of the signed agreement.
  9. Students can expect to spend every Wednesday at St. Francis 8 AM to 5 PM where they will receive instruction on different research learning modules and hands-on data entry and statistical analysis
  10. Students must print out and read the course syllabus


Sharon Tabachnick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/RAP Director

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