Graduate Medical Education and the Old Dominion University Honors College Research Apprenticeship Program

The Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and the Old Dominion University Honors College started an apprenticeship experience in 2014 that partners EVMS faculty and/or residents with an undergraduate student. During this 16 week experience, the student assists the faculty/resident on research/projects, shadows them in patient care, and gains valuable mentorship in academic medicine. Typically, these students are planning careers in medicine, pharmacology, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, medical sciences, counseling, or psychology. At the end of the semester, each student presents their project experience to their cohort classmates, Dean of the ODU Honors College, EVMS Assistant Dean of GME, and their designed mentor(s).

ODU Honors College Student Role

  • Approximately 5 hours of week of assigned tasks and meetings with their mentor.
  • Tasks include, but are not limited to the following: literature searches, data entry, creating power point presentations and scientific posters, attending project team meetings, and assisting in writing manuscripts.  Based on the depth of the student’s involvement on a project, the student would be included as an author on all presentations and publications, and will be invited to join the research team to present the project at various conferences. All presenters and students are expected to provide their own funding to attend the conference.

Requirements of the Student

  • Is an upper-level undergraduate (Junior or Senior).
  • Ideal candidates are those in a pre-medicine program, nursing, psychology, and/or sciences. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Would be capable of using Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills. Experience in literature review, data collection, and data entry would be a plus.
  • Should be reliable, conscientious, and able to work well with a diverse research team.
  • Holds a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  • Must be interviewed and approved by the Dean of the ODU Honors College, David Metzger, PhD (, and the Director of GME Educational Programs, Heather Newton, EdD, MEd (

Selected Students to be at EVMS

Selected students will be directed to complete the following:

  • “EVMS Volunteer/non-compensated” application and paperwork.
  • Successful completion of the online Human Subjects Protections Research Training called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).
  • Attend an initial meeting with Dr. Newton, EVMS their mentor, and other research/project team members.


EVMS Volunteer Faculty Mentors

The apprenticeship experience for the students is made possible by the time and dedication of the EVMS faculty and residents.