Student Rotations

Research Student Experiences that are part of a University of Miami Program

UM Medical School Neurology Rotation

Evaluate and treat geriatric patients with memory disorders. Be a part of our comprehensive initial diagnostic visits with our Neurologist Dr James Galvin MD, MPH and follow our patients though their care process with our nurse practitioners.

Neurology Clerkship

The Neurology Clerkship consists of a 4-week total inpatient/consult experience for students in the third or fourth year of medical school. 2 weeks are spent at each location

Neurology Electives

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical Students, who have completed the Neurology Clerkship, desiring to gain extra experience in neurology, are eligible for electives in Neurology. Clinical Electives lasting 2-4 weeks can be coordinated in: Stroke, Inpatient/Consult Neurology, Neuro ICU, Outpatient Clinics, Brain Injury Neuro Rehabilitation and Pediatric Neurology

UM MSOM MPH Preceptorship-As part of the Capstone Project

The Goals of this Preceptorship is to provide educational opportunities to researchers and professionals in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry to review concepts of healthy brain aging and the spectrum of dementia that impact cognitive, motor and behavioral function; develop a differential diagnosis; how patients present to clinical practice; research and clinical evaluation of patients; pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treatment; the role of biomarkers now and in the future; and challenges and opportunities to diagnosis and management of AD and related disorders.

The preceptor supervises, mentors and evaluates the student in the field; facilitates entrance into the community site for at least 150 hours; approves the student’s proposals; signs the Community Partner Agreement; signs-off on the student’s field experience log of hours, and completes an evaluation of the student’s performance in the field. This is an independent study, 3-credit course required for MPH and MD/MPH students. It may be started after the student has completed 9 credits of MPH coursework. To complete this course, the student must complete a minimum of 150 contact hours of public health fieldwork and submit required documentation.

UM MSOM Neurology Resident Clinician Research Track

Application due by April 1st
Program Director Terry Crugnale

Parallel to his/her clinical training, the RCRT resident will also participate in scholarly neuroscience research. The RCRT is an opportunity for a neurology resident to excel in an area of his or her interest and to launch a rewarding academic career.  A RCRT resident will likely become a university-based academic neurologist after completing their residency. The minimum goals for residents in the RCRP are:


  • Research project identified
  • Mentor identified
  • Research project designed
  • Attends RCRP educational activities
  • Starts RSAP and/or attends CTS bootcamp
  • Gives one Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) lecture
  • Presentation at Annual Resident’s Research Day


  • Regular meetings with research mentor
  • Abstract submission and/or presentation at national/international meeting
  • Poster presentation at national meeting (e.g. MN, ANA)
  • Presentation at Annual Residents’ Research Day
  • IRB submission
  • Attends RCRP educational activities
  • Continues RSAP, attends CTS bootcamp if not possible during PGY2
  • Gives one Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) lecture


  • Regular meetings with research mentor
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journal
  • Mentorship/teaching of junior residents interested in research
  • Presentation at Annual Resident’s Research Day
  • Assists with and prepares RCRP educational activities
  • Finishes RSAP
  • Gives one Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) lecture

The RCRP residents will become conversant in research techniques and should consider applying for a career development grant, such as NIH K08 award, by the end of their residency. In case the resident requires extra time to complete the grant submission, the program will attempt to provide a post residency fellowship in the resident’s chosen area of research. Success in getting a career development award, productivity during residency, and future research potential will be the main criteria for appointing a research resident to the neurology faculty at the University of Miami after completion of the residency training.

MD/PhD MS 1 or MS 2 Research Rotations

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Clinical Student Experiences
Nursing Preceptorship- the goal of this preceptorship is to acquire experience in geriatric populations with memory disorders. Shadow our registered nurse practitioner through her patient follow-ups both virtual and in-person.
Physical Therapy Clinical Research Project
Announced in January of 1st year. Students complete at the end of Fall of 3rd year as part of Research Presentation Symposium. Expectations are submission to a scientific journal.

CCBH Experience Opportunities

Student Research Volunteer

If you are 18 years old and a University of Miami student you may accumulate experience in human subject research recruitment, data entry, and study documents.

Contact us here if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity

Student Clinical Volunteer

If you are 18 years old and a University of Miami student you may accumulate observation hours in clinical medical management of the older adult. This hands-off opportunity is observation only as you shadow our clinicians to learn more about patient care of those living with memory disorders and cognitive disease.

Contact us here if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity

Undergraduate Programs at UM

SURF: 10-week Research Program

May-July Application due January for the Summer

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • In good standing at current institution
  • Rising undergraduate junior or senior
  • Majoring in a science-based curriculum
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale)
  • Strong interest in pursuing a doctoral program in biomedical sciences

Scientific writing, critical appraisal of scientific journals, mentored research projects and career development mentorship, bootcamp in bioinformatics. Run virtually 2020 and 2021
Lois Pope, a University of Miami trustee, made a generous endowment that allows undergraduate neuroscience majors to participate in summer neuroscience research projects at the university. Participants work 40 hours a week for at least 10 weeks on neuroscience research, and they present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum held during the following spring semester (students must have at least two more semesters before graduation to participate).
Participants may also take part in the PRIME Program as PRIME adjuncts and attend special activities related to other summer research programs, such as the Dean’s Women and Minority Research Program and the Honors Research Program.

PRIME: 10-week Summer Research Program
PRIME program is a 10-week summer research program designed for students who intend to apply to Ph.D. programs. May-July Application by February for the Summer. Psychology Research Initiatives Mentorship Experience (PRIME) began as part of a nationwide effort to increase minority participation in the psycho-biomedical sciences; however, it was later expanded to include students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Throughout this program, students are required to work 35 hours per week on psychological research under the direction of a psychology faculty member.  PRIME students are also required to attend weekly seminars where they discuss their research projects, research ethics and protocol, post-graduation plans, guidelines for poster presentations, and several other topics, and they must showcase their research projects at an end-of-the-summer poster presentation.  These students are also expected to present their findings at the UM Research, Creativity, and Innovation Forum, which is held during the following spring semester (i.e., students must have at least two more semesters before graduation).

PRIME will most likely be conducted remotely during Summer 2021 and all research projects proposed should be feasible to complete remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other ways to get involved in Research

Community Liaisons

Serve as a responsible representative of your community by providing information about research, active studies, and the importance of getting involved to those who may not be exposed to this information.

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Recruitment Volunteers

Reach out to communities, organizations, and specialty groups to educate about opportunities to participate in research. This may include visiting in person, dropping off recruitment flyers, and establishing contacts.

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Community Advisory Board

This may include meeting in a focus group, being interviewed, providing feedback in person or virtually to guide CCBH research topics, protocol development, and aid in future planning.

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Sponsor research by donating to the CCBH. Sponsors may be anonymous or named.

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Community Liaisons, Recruitment Volunteers, and Consultants will require CCBH orientation and training.