School of Medicine

Research Opportunities

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Research is the foundation of modern medical practice. Basic science, clinical and translational research on disease mechanisms advances treatment and prevention providing the evidence on which medical treatment should be based.

You will have the opportunity to join research projects as early as your first year. You may choose to spend your first summer engaged in full-time research if you wish. Since you will complete your required rotations at St. Luke’s, you may continue the research during your clinical years. The extended amount of time based at one hospital will allow you to contribute more meaningfully to the project as well as build collegial relationships with faculty, residents, and fellows. Elective time may be spent engaged in research at Temple/St. Luke’s or at other institutions across the country.

The student communities at LKSOM and St. Luke’s are welcoming, inclusive, collaborative, engaged with each other and with the larger communities of the Lehigh Valley. The Temple/St. Luke’s student community prides itself on being particularly friendly and close knit. The Office Student Affairs at each campus works collaboratively to support the professional and personal success of all medical students through: academic support and advising, career development, student health and wellness, student organizations, and leadership and service opportunities. Medical school is hard work and our goal is a learning environment in which all students feel supported. Academic advising and career development sessions begin in first year and continue throughout all four years.

Students are encouraged to maintain their wellness by establishing care with a primary care physician, using mental health and counseling services as needed, as well as taking advantage of St. Luke’s Sports & Fitness Performance centers. Temple/St. Luke’s students are dedicated to their medical training and learn to integrate fun with that training. Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley at large offer a variety of things to do and places to go.

For more information, contact James.Anasti@sluhn.org.

Research Opportunities at the Temple/St. Luke’s Campus

Some areas of current research at St. Luke’s include:

  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Community Health
  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics and Bone Metabolism
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma