Student Research Assistantship Program

The Department of Family Medicine offers medical students an exciting summer opportunity - the Family Medicine Student Research Assistantship Program (SRP), an 8-week program during the months of June and July.

SRP may be for you, if you enjoy working in a clinical setting while learning about clinically relevant research.

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

The Process

  1. Complete and return the attached application. Every year a new application will be posted around the end of February.
  2. The Family Medicine Research Division will select candidates from the completed application on a rolling basis until the stated deadline on the applications.
  3. Accepted SRP students must sign a written agreement and complete employment/stipend forms by the deadline stated in the acceptance e-mail that will be sent out on a rolling basis.
  4. Accepted candidates attend a special SRP orientation on the first Monday of the SRP.
  5. Each student will be supervised throughout the course of the project according to the nature of the project.
  6. Students will complete a poster and PowerPoint presentation of their project and present it to students, residents, and faculty at the end of the program.
  7. Students will receive two stipend payments of $1,000 for work completed under the terms of the signed agreement.
  8. 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. In addition, students will spend another two days per week in research and clinical activities.
  9. Contact Sharon Tabachnick, Ph.D. (by emailing or calling 901-448-7574) for more details as needed.
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Contact Us

Sharon Tabachnick, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Preceptor Coordinator
(& SRP Coordinator)
Dept. of Family Medicine
711 Jefferson Ave. Suite 137
1301 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: (901) 448-7574
Fax: (901) 448-8006

Dara Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(& SRP Coordinator)
Dept. of Family Medicine
1301 Primacy Parkway
Memphis, TN 38119
Phone: (901) 448-0236
Fax: (901) 448-0404