Research opportunities can provide valuable experiences for medical students by enhancing what students are learning in the classroom, helping them become more well-rounded physicians, and opening doors for residencies and future career opportunities. It also gives them opportunities to begin contributing to advances in science and medicine at the earliest stages of their careers.
Our clinical and science faculty are engaged in an array of publicly and privately funded research projects. Last year, CMSRU faculty received nearly $10 million in research funding and published 433 scholarly research articles. Our faculty members are committed to mentoring medical students with specific research interests and providing opportunities for involvement in important scientific and medical research.
View a sample of some of the research accomplishments and scholarly activities of CMSRU students and faculty:
2015, 2014, 2013
Summer Research Program
At CMSRU, we offer a robust Student Summer Research Program with opportunities for students to choose clinical or laboratory projects. Students interested in particular fields of study are matched with relevant projects and mentors. Positions are made available by the Associate Dean of Research in winter to begin work the following summer. These opportunities are offered by researchers at CMSRU, Cooper University Hospital, and Rowan University. Examples include determining specific cells involved in healing the body, evaluating the effects of different drugs on the neurological system, testing the efficacy of new drugs in cutting short the progression of diseases, and more. Many CMSRU students have gone on to present their findings at national conferences and others have been published in leading journals such as the Open AIDS Journal, Austin Journal of Radiation Oncology and Cancer, and Resuscitation.
Click HERE to see opportunities for the 2015 Summer Research Program
Annual Camden Scholars’ Forum
Each spring medical students, residents, fellows and clinical staff from Cooper University Hospital participate in an annual research poster competition known as The Camden Scholars’ Forum. Students must have abstracts accepted to be eligible for this event. Research posters are displayed in Cooper University Hospital’s conference space over several days, where they are judged by senior clinical faculty members. Winners from each category present their posters during a special forum held in the CMSRU auditorium. In 2015, 34 abstracts by medical students qualified for the forum in case study, performance improvement, and clinical research categories.
First Place: Nicole Diaz-Segarro, M3
Second Place: Grace Bundens, M2
Third Place: Daisy Obiora, M2
CMSRU and Coriell Institute for Medical Research Build Educational Alliance
Collaboration Expands Research and Science Expertise at Cooper Medical School
Camden, NJ—Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) and Coriell Institute for Medical Research, two leading healthcare and research institutions on The Cooper Health Sciences Campus in Camden, NJ, recently signed a formal agreement to establish a medical education affiliation. The agreement affords Coriell's world-renowned "human genome" scientists and researchers the opportunity to serve as biomedical science faculty for medical students attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
"Coriell is internationally known for its significant contributions and progressive approach to medical science," said Paul Katz, MD, Founding Dean of CMSRU, the first new medical school in New Jersey in more than 30 years. "We're proud that, through this important collaboration, our students and faculty will have access to some of the world's brightest scientists, state-of-the-art laboratories and important basic science research being conducted in personalized medicine, stem cell biology, cytogenomics, genotyping, and biobanking."
Through the agreement, scientists from Coriell will contribute to curriculum development, teaching, and the development of high-quality research projects for students at CMSRU. They will also participate on CMSRU's multi-disciplinary Research Strategic Planning Committee, which determines the future research focus of the medical school.
Michael Christman, PhD, Coriell's President and CEO, added, "Cooper Medical School of Rowan University creates an innovative forum for medical education, as demonstrated by the incorporation of genomic education into its curriculum. Coriell staff and scientists look forward to sharing expertise and guiding CMSRU students in dynamic research experiences at the Institute."
In addition to its agreement with Coriell, CMSRU is also collaborating with the University of the Sciences, through its Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, to establish an interprofessional healthcare education and practice model that will encourage a team approach to patient care.
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Rowan University and The Cooper Health System partnered in June 2009 to establish Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (www.rowan.edu/coopermed), the first new medical school in New Jersey in 30 years. Located in Camden, New Jersey, CMSRU received preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in June 2011, and will welcome its inaugural class in August 2012.
About Coriell Institute for Medical Research
Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an independent, non-profit biomedical research center based in Camden, New Jersey. Founded in 1953, the Institute is dedicated to unlocking the genetic code of human disease. Coriell is a pioneer in genomics, examining the utility of genetic information in clinical care through the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative® (CPMC®) research study (www.cpmc.coriell.org). Coriell is also exploring the promise of induced pluripotent stem cells – stem cells created from skin or blood – and their role in disease research and drug discovery. Additionally, Coriell continues to be recognized as the world's leading biobank, distributing biological samples, and offering custom research and biobanking services to scientists around the globe. For more, visit www.coriell.org.