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Family Medicine Summer Research Experience (FMSRE) Program

Program Description:
A 7-week program for first-year University of Oklahoma (OU) medical students provides opportunity to work with a mentor on a clinical research project in primary care. Prior to program commencement in June, students must meet and work with faculty in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine (DFPM) to select their research projects and do planning work. The summer program includes full days of orientation, presentations of students’ research proposals, and presentation of their results.

Application Process:
This is a competitive process in which a 2-page application is to be completed and submitted on or before Monday, February 17, 2020.

Click FMSRE 2020 Application. Please email your completed and saved application to
If you are having difficulties, please contact Stacy Wigley at 271-8167.

Number of Awards:
We select approximately 3-5 students depending on funding availability.

Program Agenda:


  • Students will be interviewed in late February. Student selection will be ongoing, ending the first week in March.
  • Students will be assigned a mentor. Mentor will work with student to plan project in preparation for the summer.
  • One day of orientation occurs Monday, June 15, 2020.
  • Additional instruction in research methods will be provided as needed.
  • A one-day meeting will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020, to present plans to other students and research mentors.
  • Then you will have 5 weeks to gather and analyze data with advice and assistance as needed from research mentor.
  • A one-day meeting will occur on Friday, July 31, 2020, for students to present brief PowerPoint reports of their projects and final results.


Stipend for 7 Weeks:
$ 2,000

Research Sites:
Students work either in the DFPM at OUHSC in Oklahoma City or at a clinic off campus, depending on funding availability and the needs of the research projects.

Past FMSRE Projects:
To view past FMSRE projects, click here.

Research Topics/Projects:
Students who participate in the research scholar program work on a research project; there may be opportunities to observe and help physicians with clinical activities in connection with the project. The research topics typically involve clinical research on primary care issues. Here are examples of typical research questions:


  • What is the epidemiology of a particular symptom or problem in primary care?
  • How well does a diagnosis or a treatment work in actual practice (effectiveness)?
  • What is the most cost-effective and practical way to detect or treat a particular condition?
  • How can we best communicate with patients?
  • What do patients believe and do about a particular disease?
  • What is the best way to organize a practice in order to provide good care in a particular area (e.g., prevention, laboratory test management, prescription refills)?


The student will work with a research mentor at OUHSC to pick a topic of interest and to plan and carry out a small study. The mentor helps the student as needed.

The DFPM faculty have on-going projects that students could work on. Students interested in the FMSRE program are encouraged to explore possible projects with DFPM researchers early.

Contact Person:
To find out more about the program, contact Dr. Robert Hamm at 271-5362 extension 32306 or contact Stacy Wigley at 271-8167.

Non-medical students are welcome to contact Rob Hamm to explore possible projects. There is not likely to be any salary for such students.