MED II Summer Research Program

The Med II Summer Research program is offered by the Office of Graduate and Advanced Degree Education in Medicine, within the Max Rady College of Medicine. The program gives  2nd year medical students an opportunity to engage in original research, either basic or clinical, under the supervision of a Max Rady College of Medicine supervisor who is based at the University of Manitoba. The specific aim of the program is to develop within the student skills at experimental design, hypothesis testing,  critical evaluation of data and effective communication of results.  This is a non-degree course but will be recorded on your transcript.  Maximum amount of positions is set annually therefore not every project may be approved.

Students may only submit one application for one research proposal.

Who is Eligible

University of Manitoba Max Rady College Medical students who have successfully completed their 2nd year in Medicine. University of Manitoba medical students who have completed their 1st year in Medicine that have a previous degree may apply as well. Students must be in good academic standing in the regular MD program in order to enroll in the program. There are no registration fee's accessed by this program although the University may assess student fee's.

Student participation and remuneration: 

Students will complete the 12 week program by completing a written and oral report. The program runs for 12 weeks during the summer recess between Year II and Year III of their medical training program.  The chosen project must be feasible within this time frame.  Clinical exposure of 0.5 to 1.0 days per week (setting of the student's chosing with supervisor's approval) is suggested but not mandatory.  A two-week vacation period is built into the schedule. All students receive stipendiary support, presently $7500.00 for the summer. The program pays the students directly (Direct Deposit). Students must submit a Direct Deposit form directly to payroll immediately upon acceptance into the program.  Payment through direct deposit is a University Policy and you will not receive your pay in any other fashion. Forms can be found within the document library.
*This program is considered full time. Additional research options may not be undertaken at the same time as this program.

Program Completion

Students will be evaluated on their written report and oral presentation by the the Undergraduate Medical Student Research Programs Committee at the time of the oral presentation.

Stipendiary Funders

This program is funded by the Dean, Max Rady College of  Medicine.  These funds are used only to provide stipendiary support for the student. All research costs are born by the supervisor, from either research grants or departmental funds.

How to Apply

A call for applications will be circulated annually.  Abstracts from potential supervisors will be posted on the website and students advised via email. Students are encouraged to source and contact potential supervisors who have not posted abstracts.  As well, students may also review the posted B.Sc.(Med) abstracts on the B.Sc.(Med) website for leads on potential projects and/or supervisors who would be interested in supervising a MED II Research student as well. 

Eligible Supervisors 

Both a Primary and Co-Supervisor are required for all undergraduate research projects (BSc.(MED) and MED II Summer Research). All University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine academia with a minimum appointment of Assistant Professor are eligible as primary supervisor whereas all University of Manitoba (any faculty/college) academia with a minimum appointment of Assistant Professor within their faculty are elibible to be a co-supervisor.
*Current BScMed supervisors are eligible to supervise a MED II student. Supervisors may supervise 1 MED II Summer Research Program Student and 1 BScMed student at the same time.

Project Details

The chosen project may be either clinical, basic or translational (hypothesis driven) original research, but neither case reports nor “stand alone” literature reviews will be permitted.  A properly conceived or supervised meta-analysis may be allowed.  There is a maximum of 10 positions, so not every project will be approved.


Each project must receive 'Ethics Approval' from the Research Ethics Boards (REBs) at the Bannatyne Campus .  As well, please note that mandatory completion of a new on-line Course in Human Research Protection Program (CHRPP or CORE) is required of all Researchers and Students regardless of project focus as this is an integral part of the research training process. Students must complete the progam and forward a copy of their certificate to the program office. Supervisors will have completed this requirement as this is a mandatory component of conducting research at the University of Manitoba.

What happens next

Applications will be committee-reviewed.  Successful applicants will then work from June 5th through to August 27th, with a two-week paid vacation.  A final, written report and oral presentation are required. The following criteria will be used in assessing the project:

• Clarity of written presentation

• Methodology (sophistication in relation to further research work)

• Interpretation of the data (under-interpretation, over-interpretation or misinterpretation)

• Relevance to Medicine (impact).

How to prepare the written reeport

See the guidelines document within the document library. Mandatory cover page for written report is contained within the library as well.

Oral Presentation Prep

Be sure you have reviewed the guidelines for the oral and written report.

Further information is available from

Kimberley Ormiston (
Programs Administrator
354-3 Chown Building
753 McDermot Avenue
204 789 3558

Document Library

Application Info and Ethics

The Research Guide: A primer for residents, other health care trainees, and practitioners


2018 Application (open Nov 16, 2017)

2014 Supervisor Abstracts
2014 Student Final Reports

2015 Supervisor Abstracts
2015 Student Final Reports

2016 Supervisor Abstracts
2016 Student Final Reports

** New Policy Concerning Supervisory Limits (Nov 2013)
Supervisors may now supervise more than one BSc.(MED) or MED II Summer
Research Students at the same time. Based on the following conditions:

+You may supervise one 1st year and one 2nd year BSc.(MED) student at the same time
+You may supervise one one 1st or 2nd year BSc.(MED) student and one MED II Summer Research student at the same time
+You may not supervise 2 MED II or 2 'same term' BSc.(MED) students at the same time