MUSC Flex Research Elective

Serena Walker and mentor, Dr. Elizabeth Santa Ana at the 2018 Summer Research Day
COM student Serena Walker presents her summer research with mentor Dr. Elizabeth Santa Ana on the Relationship Between Perceived Social Support and Outcome in Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders using Prolonged Exposure.

FLEX Research Elective

The Diversity in Addiction Research Training (DART) Program offers FLEX Research Elective for medical students at MUSC.

Select students will be matched with a mentor who will work closely with and guide the student through a research project. Students will gain experience collecting data, running analyses, scientific writing and training through weekly didactic seminars and journal club meetings alongside other DART trainees.

Application Procedure

This program is open only to MUSC College of Medicine FLEX Students. To apply, students should submit the following materials to DART Program Coordinator Emily Bristol by Friday, October 22, 2021. Please describe your research interests in your Letter of Interest.

  • CV
  • Letter of Interest
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (can be included with student's application materials or can be sent directly to Emily Bristol)

Notices of selection will be e-mailed.

Applications for the 2022 FLEX Research Elective are now closed. 

Questions? Please contact DART Program Coordinator, Emily Bristol

DART FLEX Trainees

Current DART FLEX Trainees

2022 DART FLEX Trainees 

Jelissa Suarez
Mentored by Tom Uhde, M.D. & Alison Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Research focus: Sleep Disorders

Sonali Parmar
Mentored by Lisa McTeague, Ph.D.

Chris Baltimore
Mentored by Lisa McTeague, Ph.D.



Peter Leahy - DART FLEX

Peter Leahy
Mentored by Erin McClure, Ph.D. and Rachel Tomko, Ph.D.
Final Project: Brief-Wisdm as Predictor of Cue-Induced Craving in the Real World

Julia Rodes - DART FLEX

Julia Rodes
Mentored by Kelly Barth, D.O., Taylor Crouch, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Borckardt, Ph.D.
Final Project: Gender Differences in Outcomes of Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation

Layne Walker - DART FLEX

Layne Walker
Mentored by Lisa McTeague, Ph.D.
Final Project: Assessment of Social and Emotional Needs After Stroke