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The Office of Medical Student Research supports Vanderbilt medical students in their research endeavors through:

  • organization of student training and experience in research integrated throughout the curriculum. Learn more.
  • direction of the medical scholars program - a year-out opportunity for mentored research experience. Learn more.
  • promotion of additional year-outshort-term and summer research programs
  • guidance for students participating in extracurricular research projects.
  • support for students in determining safety and regulatory training requirements. 
  • assistance and funding for student travel for presenting scholarly research. Learn more.

Below is a list of research-related resources:

Office of Research - provides professional guidance, support services, core facilities and administrative expertise to all investigators

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - Vanderbilt's virtual home for clinical and translational research which provides a number of support services from funding to recruitment to communication in order to reduce the barriers to research

Institutional Review Board - regulatory board responsible for reviewing and approving all studies involving human subjects

Animal Care and Use Program - comprised of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a self-regulating entity whose primary function is to assist faculty, staff, and students in upholding Vanderbilt's determination of ethical and humane use of animals for research, teaching, and testing. The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) supports IACUC and the research community. The Division of Animal Care (DAC) is the service core of the Office of Research that provides procurement, husbandry, and healthcare for experimental animals, as well as scientific and technical support for Vanderbilt researchers.

The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization - provides professional commercialization services to the Vanderbilt research community for research innovations

From Mario Davidson, PhD:

If Immersion students are in need of quantitative guidance for your research project, I suggest the following: 

1) Check to see if your mentor has a collaborating biostatistician.

On the faculty specialty's page, look at the "Currently Funded Collaborations...."

2)  If your project is relatively simple and you just need basic guidance, you may attend a daily biostatistics clinic or if it's not that simple but you want additional insight (  (Note: They typically will NOT perform the analysis)

3) If your mentor has funding, he or she may go through the BCC (

4) Apply for VICTR funding ( (Note: This may require matching funding.)

5)  If all else fails, set up an appointment with Dr. Mario Davidson (

Other Resources

For quick statistical questions, you can attend Daily Biostatistics Clinics. There are different topics for each day. Please see the link below for more details.

If you need further assistance regarding study design, data analysis, or other resources, you can apply for a VICTR grant. Please go to the website below for new application. There are VICTR funding clinics where you would receive assistance with VICTR funding applications and questions about VICTR resources. It is held 2nd Mondays each month 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CRC Conference Room A-3210 MCN.  Please select "funding" then "Apply Here."

If you have questions about REDCap, there are online trainings but you can also attend REDCap Clinics, held 12:30-2:00 p.m.on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays AND 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.  


Clinical and translational research studios: a multidisciplinary internal support program.

Any student conducting research at Vanderbilt must complete the necessary safety and regulatory training based on the type of research they plan to conduct. Students are responsible for consulting our Research Training and Safety Guidelines, discussing their training needs with their research mentor or lab manager, and completing training prior to beginning their research.

Limited travel funding is provided to Vanderbilt medical students for the purposes of presentation scholarly research. Consult the Student Travel page for more information and details on how to request funding