Penn Dental Medicine in collaboration with the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School supports stipend-based summer research fellowships for dental students interested in working on a health services or health policy research project during the summer between their first and second year of dental school.
The primary intent of the fellowship is to support dental students to work on campus with a Penn faculty mentor with expertise in health services and policy research. This type of research utilizes a social science approach to address important issues, such as access and barriers to care and social determinants affecting health care quality and outcomes.
At the conclusion of the 12-week program, students present their research findings to faculty, staff, and fellow participants. Prior to beginning their research, students attend a ‘boot camp’ taught by Penn faculty to sharpen their social science and research skills. In addition, participants travel to attend the Academy Health annual research meeting.
Applications are due by February 1. Interested students should contact the Penn Dental Medicine Office of Student Life to discuss the application process.