Penn Medicine MD-PhD

Research Tips and Resources


Now that you've moved through the process of finding a mentor and research project, here are some resources to help you navigate your research experience - whether short term or a year out:


Academic Mentoring - How to Give It and How to Get It - JAMA article by Allan Detsky and Mark Otto Baerlocher.

Research Plan Discussion sheet - the Combined Degree Office encourages year out students to use this sheet as a reference, when they meet with their mentor at the beginning of the fellowship year.


The Biomedical Library has a myriad of resources and experienced staff who can help you with your research projects. On their Medical Students Guide, you will find resources such as:


The Biomedical Library has tutorials you can watch on popular tools such as Excel, Google Scholar, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc.



Writing an Abstract - PPT by Dr. Rachel Kelz, program co-leader of the former Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship program

Journal Clubs
Improving Journal Club Presentations, or, I Can Present That Paper in Under 10 Minutes - Evid. Based Med. article by Mark Schwartz, Deborah Dowell, Jaclyn Aperi, and Adina Kalet.

Scientific Presentations
How to Give Scientific Presentations - PPT by Dr. Angie DeMichele, program leader of the former Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship program.

Poster Advice / Templates
Here are a couple online resources that may help guide you in creating a scientific poster:PSOM Poster Session

- NIH Creating and Presenting Dynamic Posters videocast
- Colin Purrington's Designing Conference Posters webpage
- Biomedical Library: Poster Design webpage

For Penn poster templates and logos, visit the Penn Libraries - Digital Media Services for Health Sciences - Template and Logos webpage.

Poster Printing
Students can go to any printing place such as Kinkos, Staples, Slidemakers, etc. to print a large poster. On campus resources include:

- Van Pelt Library Vitale Digital Media Lab:
- Biomedical Library:
- University Copy Service in Houston Hall:


Authorship Form - this JAMA form will give you an idea of the criteria for authorship.

The History and Meaning of the Journal Impact Factor - JAMA article by Eugene Garfield

Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals - recommendations by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Ten Principles to Improve the Likelihood of Publication of a Scientific Manuscript - AJR article by James Provenzale.

Writing It Up: A Step-by-Step Guide to Publication for Beginner Investigators - AJR article by Mark Kliewer.


Elective Research Information Sessions - Information Sessions are offered each fall to provide information to Perelman medical students on research opportunities

MD-Masters Information Sessions - Information Sessions are offered each fall to provide information to Perelman medical students on MD-Masters programs

MD-PhD program - Grand Rounds, etc.


Research Paper Prize Competition - A competition every winter where Perelman med students submit their research papers to win prizes

Travel Grants - a list of several travel grants to assist students in attending conferences to present their research


Prezi: Presentation Software - some students have suggested Prezi as an alternative to Power Point.

Khan Academy online statistics lectures - a student found the lectures really helpful in understanding basic statistics.

Google Scholar Button for Firefox - a Penn librarian suggested the Google Scholar Button to make easy access to Google Scholar.