Research and Training

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A student conducts research.

In addition to our prescribed program of classroom and clinical training, UT Southwestern Medical Center offers students opportunities to explore interests related to medicine and science in a number of diverse areas, including:

  • Enrichment Programs: Community service activities allow students more opportunities to provide compassionate care and expand their clinical experience by engaging with the local community. Programming includes:
    • Community Service Opportunities
    • Noncredit Electives
    • Preceptorships
    • Day with a Doc
    • Showing in the ER
    • Community Action Research Track (CART)
  • Global Health: Expand your medical education by practicing clinical skills in diverse venues around the world.
  • Medical Student Research Program: Medical students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of research programs in both basic and clinical sciences alongside world-renowned faculty. Programmatic offerings include:
    • Research Electives
    • Medical Student Research Forum
    • Summer Research Programs
    • Dean’s Research Scholar
    • Medical Student Research Scholar
    • Off-Site Opportunities
    • Yearlong Opportunities
  • Physician Scientist Training Program: Engage in cutting-edge biomedical research while gaining individualized mentorship from leading scientists on campus and around the world

Away from campus, we also offer students opportunities to participate in community service activities and join student organizations – all of which add to the quality of education and quality of life you’ll experience at UT Southwestern.

Undergraduate Training Opportunities

You don’t have to be enrolled at UT Southwestern Medical Center to begin furthering your career in medicine. We offer students exciting opportunities to do research or get involved in the clinical side of medicine during summers of their undergraduate years.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF): Summer programming is designed specifically for undergraduate students who are interested in exciting opportunities in research and clinical care.

Undergraduate Clinical Training: For undergraduate students interested in the clinical side of medicine, UT Southwestern offers three programs through Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas:

  • Parkland Collegiate Fellows Program: This paid summer program for residents of Dallas County and surrounding areas lasts for nine weeks starting in June.
  • Parkland Volunteer Program: Available year-round, this program has no applicant restrictions. Student volunteers are scheduled at least three hours once a week on a regular schedule.
  • Children’s Student Volunteer Program: Designed specifically for teens ages 14–18 and qualifying college students, this summer program encourages students to provide volunteer support to the hospital, learn more about health-related career opportunities, and strengthen personal responsibility.