Academic medicine is highly regarded, but there are relatively few clinician-researchers. The MD with Special Training in Research (STIR) program gives students a taste of academic medicine. Once accepted into the program, students complete a minimum of 24 weeks in basic or clinical research under faculty supervision.
The MD with Special Training in Research designation program encourages awareness of the importance of basic and clinical biomedical research to the practice of medicine. A good research environment will improve students’ lateral thinking and reasoning skills, and may strengthen internship or residency applications.
In order to participate in the MD STIR program, students must be enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program.