The primary mission of Louisiana State University Health Shreveport is to Teach, Heal, and Discover, in order to advance the well-being of the State, region, and beyond. Research is essential to discovery. As such, medical student education and participation in research is a critical part of our mission.

There are numerous opportunities for medical students to be involved in research on our campus. This includes curricular elements in the preclinical and clinical years, the medical student research program, research electives, a research track of distinction, and our MD/PhD program. Additionally, students at any stage of their training may volunteer to participate in research with faculty mentors from various departments.

Peter H. Seidenberg, MD, MA, FAAFP, FACSM, RMSK
Professor and Chair of Family Medicine
Interim Director of Medical Student Research




Medical student research program (MSRP)

The medical student research project is a research opportunity that students can participate in during the summer between their first and second year of medical school (but is also available to other year groups). Students work with a faculty mentor on a research project, create a scientific poster, and present it during the annual MSRP poster session.

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Research Distinction Track

The purpose of the RDT is to encourage the development of faculty-student mentorship and critical thinking skills through meaningful and substantial long-term academic research. This project lasts longer than the typical MSRP but may be a continuation of the MSRP project. Students are required to present their completed work on at least two occasions – locally (such as the MSRP poster session or the Medical Student Research Symposium) and/or at regional and national conferences. Students will also write a full length manuscript on their research findings and submit it to an academic journal.

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MD/PhD Program

The MD-PhD Program promotes the education of physician scientists through dual enrollment in the School of Graduate Studies and the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport in a more efficient and productive sequence than could be otherwise accomplished. The integration of clinical studies and research throughout the program is designed to encourage graduates to pursue research and education in a clinical setting throughout their careers.

Learn more about the MD/PhD Program

Medical Student Research

Medical Student Research