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  Summer Student Research Program

Amy Zosel, MD, Director
Frederick Klingbeil, MD, Co-Director

The Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin (IRC-MCW) offers unique opportunities and resources for medical students interested in conducting research on prevention, care, and rehabilitation of injuries.

For more information call Mary Czinner at (414) 955-7671 or

Summer Student Research Program Brochure (PDF)
Summer Student Research Program Project List 2002-2011 (PDF)

Student Success Stories!

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  Summer Student Research Program Success Stories

Andrew Leiker - Wisconsin Surgical Society Meeting Best Poster: “An Analysis of Intra-operative Parathyroid Hormone Kinetics in Elderly Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism: Are New Criteria Needed?” November, 2011

Nancy Stevens - Dr. Michael J. Dunn Medical Student Research Day Poster Contest, 5th Place: “Video Education Intervention in the Emergency Department” October, 2011

Jessica Oswald - American Association of Poison Control Centers Best Platform Presentation for North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, for: “Poison Center Consultation Decreases Hospital Length of Stay and Inpatient Charges” October, 2010

Ebony Richards - American Academy of Pediatrics NCW Best Student/Resident Presentation Award from the Committee for Violence and Injury Prevention for “Theory Driven Education Improves Safe Sleep” October, 2010

Timothy Schnettler - Dr. Michael J. Dunn Medical Student Research Day Poster Contest, 3rd Place: “Metal Ions Upregulate Lymphocyte Binding to Endothelial Cells: Potential Mechanisms for the Formation of ALVAL Following Total Hip Arthroplasty with Metal on Metal Articulations” September, 2010

Maria Burzynski, Shaun Daidone, Richard Leake and Paul Stellmacher - Central Group on Education Affairs, Innovations in Medical Education Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Poster Award:“Do Student Self-Reports Equal Observer Ratings for Curriculum Content Inclusions? Chicago, IL, 2010.

Jessica Anderson - 18th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Career Development Award: “Six-Month Assessment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Quality of Life in an Injured Trauma Population” April, 2010

Aran Balachandran - 18th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Best Pediatric Presentation: “Epidemiology of Pediatric Motor Vehicle Occupant Injury in Milwaukee County: Impact of Wisconsin's Booster Seat Legislation” April, 2010

Molly Gill - 18th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Best Student/Resident/Fellow Presentation: “Dissatisfaction in Pediatric Pain Treatment: Insights to Improve Treatment” April, 2010

Richard Leake - Presidential Poster Award in the category of Geriatric Education: “Observed Competency in Medical Students’ Abilities to Manage Medications in Geriatric Patients”, American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Chicago, IL 2009

Jessica Anderson - 17th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Best Resident/Fellow/Student Presentation: for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Quality of Life in a Trauma Population” 2009

Kristin Vrotsos - 15th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Career Development Award:"Clinical benchmarks in EMS: Do the number of Milwaukee County EMS providers in the system affect their critical care patient interventions?" 2007

Charis Thatcher - 12th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum Best Resident/Fellow/Student Presentation: “Neighborhood characteristics and adolescent interpersonal assault victims in Milwaukee County” 2004

Shane Allen - SAEM Regional Conference, Best Student Presentation Award for: "Association of Seatbelts with Hospital Charges, Disability and Death, 2004

  M4 Integrated Selective

The Trauma and Injury Control Integrated Selective was designed to gain a better understanding of the impact of injury to the individual and population. Many disciplines have been organized in order to expose four areas involved in evaluation of an isolated event and its ramifications for injury prevention. These areas are 1) acute patient management, 2) rehabilitation, 3) forensic pathology and 4) injury prevention in the community. Five specific goals have been proposed:

  1. Increase exposure and appreciation for the clinical impact of injury via a Level I dedicated trauma facility - Specifically: system organization, resource allocation and utilization, social and emotional impact of injury and cost of care.
  2. Assess quality of life issues after debilitating injuries specifically relating to spinal cord injury and long-term sequelae (social and financial burdens, loss of work hours, etc.).
  3. Review the principles of forensic medicine as it pertains to identifying specific causes of tissue and organ injury leading to death (crash biomechanics and wound ballistics).
  4. Apply the clinical evidence and forensic principles to crash investigation with the eventual goal of developmental advances and applications toward injury prevention.
  5. Appreciate the need for community activity in education of injury prevention.

Rotation schedules have been designed to maximize the potential of seeing injury related patient issues. The first day of each week will be spent at the medical examiners office to partake in autopsies of the injured to gain a unique appreciation of cause and affect relationships and identifying means of prevention. The remainder of each week will be spent with different physicians or groups of physicians to gain exposure to isolated aspects on injury.

For more information call Mary Czinner at (414) 955-7671 or

  M3 - M4 Research Elective

Injury remains a significant public health problem and has been called, "the neglected disease of modern society." In the United States and in Wisconsin, injury is the leading cause of premature death for all individuals, exceeding heart disease and cancer; injury is the leading cause of all deaths for individuals aged 1 to 44 years old.

Physicians play a vital role in injury prevention and control because of their direct experiences caring for injured patients and their perspectives on effective population-based intervention strategies. By participating in injury control and prevention research, physicians are able to have a substantial impact on all aspects of injury from population-based prevention strategies to treatment and rehabilitation guidelines. The purpose of this course is to expose physicians-in-training to injury control and prevention research from a variety of physician specialties through integration with the Injury Research Center.

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to build on previous injury and public health research experience. Students are expected to have participated in the Injury Research Center's Summer Student Program or have some equivalent background/experience in conducting public health research. This course will further develop the student's knowledge of injury from a population health perspective.

Goals of the elective:

  1. Understand injury as a biosocial disease using injury epidemiology
  2. Describe the physician's role in preventing and reducing injuries
  3. Describe injury research methods, injury datasets, and population-based injury prevention strategies, and
  4. Conduct injury control and prevention research by identifying research questions, reviewing literature, conducting data analysis, and interpreting and presenting findings.

For more information contact Mary Czinner at (414) 955-7671 or