Overview of Programs

Summer Scholars in the Community (SSiC) Program

Summer Cancer Research Education Program (SCREP)

Student Trauma and Resuscitation (STaR) Research Program

Biomedical Research Program

Summer Scholars in the Community (SSiC) Program

Program Description
Morehouse School of Medicine is a leader in public health and community service.  Our shared vision is “Leading the creation and advancement of health equity”.  Ranked as the number one medical school for Social Mission, MSM continues to seek ways to serve our communities and to assist communities in reaching their optimal levels of health. The Summer Scholars in the Community (SSiC) program will provide a unique opportunity for students to work directly with the MSM departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine and Medical Education in furthering their understanding and expertise in working with communities. 

Scholars will participate in didactic and experiential activities addressing community health skills, social determinants of health and health equity. Students will conduct community needs assessments, prepare an abstract and a presentation, shadow Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine faculty and residents, and participate in the MSM Summer Research and Public Health Experience Research Day.  

Opportunities Include:

  • Refining community needs assessment skills
  • Increasing knowledge on the Social Determinants of Health and Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators
  • Improving presentation skills
  • Gaining pre-requisite experience for HONORS in Community program

Necessary Skills:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Interest in Public Health
  • Some experience in qualitative and survey methods


  • Develop an Abstract and Poster Presentation.  Students will develop an abstract and presentation that will be presented at Research Day and can be submitted to a professional conference.
  • Reflection Journals. Students will complete reflection journals responding to preidentified questions relating to the shadowing experience.

Required Course Dates (specific to SSiC):

  • SSiC Orientation – May 31st 1:30 -3:30pm
  • Workshops      
    • June 1st 11:30-12:30, 1:30-4:30pm
    • June 2nd 9:30-12:30, 1:30-5pm
  • HEAL Clinic Shadowing
    • Saturday, June 18th
    • Saturday, July 9th, or July 16th (Tentative)

Dr. Desiree Rivers, SSiC Program Director
(404) 752-1619

Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University,
and University of Alabama at Birmingham
Partnership Summer Cancer Research Education Program (SCREP)

Program Description
The overall goal of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)/Tuskegee University (TU)/ University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Partnership Summer Cancer Research Education Program (SCREP) is to establish a program that will encourage interest, and facilitate student training, in cancer research. Through attendance and participation in designated seminars and workshops, research students will be able to enhance their knowledge, scientific techniques, and expertise in cancer and cancer research. Participants in these activities will become stronger candidates to continue for advanced degrees in the field of cancer research and to progress to be independent investigators

The Summer Cancer Research Education Program includes three components:

  1. Course work: Cancer Education provided by UAB faculty; Scientific Writing provided by MSM faculty; Bioethics in research provided by TU faculty. Travel to all three campuses is required for the one- to two-day courses for the dates to be scheduled listed on page 5 of this application.
  2. Practical/Field Training:  Students will be linked with a mentor in their respective field to work on a cancer-related research project. The student may work with a specific research interest or an existing data set to identify ideas or proposals for future research.
  3. Seminars/Symposium:  Students will attend and present a research poster at the 1.5-day Cancer Research Symposium.

SCREP Orientation Proposed Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 1:00-2:30 CT/ 2:00-3:30 ET
Proposed Schedule (dates subject to change):

  • Week 1 – Bioethics Workshop hosted by TU (Wed, June 8, 2022)
  • Week 3 – Cancer Education hosted by UAB (Tues- Wed, June 21-22, 2022)
  • Week 4 – Scientific Writing hosted by MSM (Tues-Wed, June 28-29, 2022)
  • Week 6 – Virtual Bioinformatics for Beginners (Mon-Friday, July 11-14, 2022)
  • Week 8 – Cancer Research Symposium hosted by MSM (Tues-Wed, July 26-27, 2022)
  • Abstracts due July 7, 2022

Dr. Shailesh Singh
(404) 756-5718

Student Trauma and Resuscitation (STaR) Research Program

Program Description
The aim of the Student Trauma and Resuscitation (STaR) Research Program is to provide interested medical students the opportunity to participate in ongoing trauma research, nurture their academic development, and provide them the tools to successfully bring a research project to completion.  Grady Memorial Hospital evaluates more than 9000 trauma patients annually.  As one of the highest volume trauma centers in the country, Grady, Emory, and Morehouse University Schools of Medicine have a commitment to improving trauma care and educating future physicians.  This is accomplished by providing exceptional care and advancing the body of research surrounding the care of this patient population.  As such, a program that is dedicated to trauma research and medical student development would help accomplish these goals.

  1. Each mentee will be assigned a research project based on their interests and availability. 
  2. Mentee must be self-motivated to navigate the charting system and collect appropriate data.
  3. Mentee will meet with their mentor at least weekly to ensure successful completion of their project. 
  4. A weekly business meeting will be held for all mentees to update the group on their progress or barriers.
  5. Mentee will present their research at an end-of-program research symposium.
  6. The ultimate aim is for mentee to formulate their project into an abstract, present at a national meeting, and turn their project into a manuscript.

Required Seminars & Activities
5/13/22:  Intro/Expectations/Study Design and Level of Evidence
5/20/22:  Defining a Good Research Question and Literature Search
5/27/22:  How to Read the Literature
6/03/22:  Measuring Outcomes
6/10/22:  N/A
6/17/22:  Basic Statistics
6/24/22:  How to do an Effective PowerPoint Research Presentation
7/01/22:  How to Write a Paper
7/08/22:  N/A
7/15/22:  Intro to Grant Writing
7/22/22:  Research Leadership & Tentative Trauma symposium (time management, vision, team culture, brainstorming, organization)
7/29/22:  Program Wrap-up

Richard Sola Jr, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Biomedical Research Program

Program Description
The Biomedical Research Program is designed to increase the interest and support the development and preparation of MSM students for careers in academic medicine through a focused summer experience.  The strength of the program is that it will afford MSM medical students the opportunity to engage in translational and biomedical research and across all research areas. The program provides an excellent and rare hands-on opportunity for students to learn while collaborating with an accomplished mentor.

Required Seminars & Activities (same as general program – no additional activities)

  • Program Orientation: May 31- June 1, 2022, 2021 from 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Career Seminar: July 08, 2022, from 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • Culminating Event/Presentation Day: July 27, 2022, from 8:30am – 3:00pm

Tawain Kelly
(404) 756-5212