Research Opportunities and Mentors

Each year, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation offers generous medical student fellowships for summer research and service. Projects must be related to community health, cultural competency issues, developing skills to become relationship-centered physicians, and/or addressing a public health need in an underserved community or population.

In order to qualify, you will need to line up a faculty mentor before you apply. At the end of this message, you will find a list of faculty who are interested in mentoring relevant research or service projects, but you are not limited to choosing from this list.   

General details about the application process can be found at The Gold Foundation Summer Fellowship site.

The call for applications for this coming summer will come out early next year, but you will be well-advised to have lined up your faculty mentor and project. Whether or not you receive funding from the Gold Foundation, projects related to “Humanism in Medicine” are intrinsically interesting and lend themselves to poster presentations or other publications that you can put on your CV.

Potential Mentors

Beth. A. Choby, MD 
Course Director for PCC; Faculty at Church Health
Areas of Interest: Health disparities/recognition and communication skills in the clinical setting.
Location: Church Health and/or Kaplan Center

Jason A. Yaun, MD 
Pediatrics (LeBonheur)
Areas of interest: Childhood literacy, childhood vaccines, Pediatric Outpatient QI, Childhood Obesity

Daniel Sumrok, MD
Family Medicine
Areas of Interest: Addiction and PTSD

Jim Bailey, MD 
General Internal Medicine
Areas of Interest:  Health policy, medical humanism, medical sociology, Impact of health system organization and patterns of care on quality of care and health outcomes

Sachin Jogal, MD 
Areas of Interest:  Healthy lifestyle, childhood obesity

For options in Chattanooga, please contact Dr. Mukta Panda

For additional research opportunities and mentors, please contact Kimberlee Norwood in the Office of Medical Education.

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