Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Research & Fellowship Opportunities for
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Research Tips

Resources & Tips

Here are some resources to help Penn medical students navigate their research experience - whether short term or 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:

  • Resources to find research articles
  • Schedule a consult with a librarian to discuss your information needs (e.g. help you dig into research questions and launch projects)

The Biomedical Library has Tutorials you can watch on popular tools such as Excel, Google Scholar, Powerpoint, Prezi, etc. training is available for free to all Penn faculty, students, and staff with a valid PennKey. For more information, visit: Penn Computing: website.

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

NIH Core Curriculum in Clinical Research — Free courses offered include: Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR); Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (PCP); and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research. These courses are offered as distance learning courses.



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

Journal Clubs

Scientific Presentations

Poster Advice / Templates

Here are a couple online resources that may help guide you in creating a scientific poster:

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

Poster Printing

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


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.


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


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.

ORCID - BGS is encouraging their graduate students to obtain an ORCID ID. ORCID is a way of managing your publications and other scholarly activity. It’s free to use and integrates well with other citation databases, including PubMed and Scopus, and many publishers and some grant funders now require an ORCID ID for submissions.