Research and Clinical Opportunities

Diabetes Research Centers

Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes


The Medical Student Research Program in Diabetes is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health through the NIDDK and allows medical students to conduct research under the direction of an established scientist in the areas of diabetes, hormone action, physiology, islet cell biology or obesity at an institution with one of 17 NIDDK-funded Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Centers (DERC) or Diabetes Research and Training Centers (DRTC) during the summer between the first and second year or second and third year of medical school.

The goal of the Program is to encourage medical students to consider research in diabetes and its complications as a career and to educate students about diabetes. Program Consultants will assist students in selecting an appropriate research project and preceptor. Prior research experience is not required. In addition to working on his/her own research project, each student will view a web-cast series of seminars addressing various clinical and research aspects of diabetes mellitus and its complications. All students will present their results at a research symposium (travel funds provided).

Students will spend 2-3 months working on their research project at a Diabetes Center and receive a weekly stipend. Commencement dates and conclusion for the program are reasonably flexible, but you must attend the research symposium.