Medical Student Research

The Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences offers a variety of opportunities for medical student research.

Duke students may pursue third year research projects with our faculty mentors (see the Duke School of Medicine website for details; see also the ASEP study program). Outside students may contact Lori Allsbrook (below), who can direct trainees to appropriate resources.

Funded Positions

We are pleased to announce the availability of a stipend to support two medical students per year, for an academic-year period (9-months) of dedicated otolaryngology research with our program.

As part of our NIH R25-funded otolaryngology surgeon scientist training program (OSSP), our goal is to offer mentored training opportunities to foster the career development of trainees especially interested in an otolaryngology clinician-scientist career path. In addition to mentored research projects, students will participate in departmental activities including grand rounds, research team lab meetings, journal clubs and a monthly otolaryngology research seminar series. 

Students from Duke or from outside medical schools are eligible to apply, ideally between 3 and 4th year. Based on research interests, students will be paired with a faculty mentor or mentor team.

Mentors are available in projects involving basic science, translational or clinical research disciplines. Specific faculty interests are outlined in detail under the Research section of our website.

Research start date: July 2024

To apply: please send an updated CV and a cover letter describing your research/career interests to Lori Allsbrook ( by February 15, 2024.

The externally funded positions are limited to 2 trainees per year. However, we welcome interested medical students to consider other research projects with our faculty. Please see the Research page for links to faculty research pages.