Student Research Grant Program

The Student Research Grant Program gives students the opportunity to work with a practicing or academic family physician to conduct clinical or educational research.

Jointly funded through the CAFP and AAFP Foundations, the goal of the Student Research Grant Program is to offer California medical students the opportunity to research contemporary issues in family medicine.  Research is typically conducted over the summer and runs approximately two to three months.

Two grants are available for students currently attending and in good standing at a California medical school. Preference is given to second and third year medical students.

Past topics have included:

  • Do group appointments for patients with chronically uncontrolled Type II Diabetes improve quantitative health metrics, and increase patient health literacy and satisfaction?
  • Are there adequate primary health care resources for homeless women?  If no, what are the specific types of care wanted and needed among Sacramento homeless women?
  • Active Facilitation of Contraceptive Method Choice by Health Care Providers
  • Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus and Pre-diabetes in Latinos
  • Sensitivity and Specificity of the Glaucoma Risk Factor Analysis in Identifying Glaucoma Suspect
  • Undiagnosed Glaucoma in a Primary Care Setting
  • Effects of Colorectal Cancer Screening Documents on Patient Comprehension and Motivation
  • Do Family Practice and Internal Medicine Residency Programs Educate and Utilize the Patient-Centered Medical Home Delivery of Care Model?

Guidelines and Eligibility

CAFP/AAFP student members in good standing at a California medical school are eligible to apply.  Applicants must have at least one family physician mentor and research topics must relate directly to family medicine.  Applicants choosing a mentor without recent research experience should also choose a second mentor with a research background.

How to Apply

Each applicant must submit a detailed research proposal, curriculum vitae, and letter of support from the mentoring physician.  Note: the final report is due to Pamela Mann on Friday, May 25, 2018. 

Click here to access the online application


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