Research Track

Program Description

The overall goal of the FLEX Phase Pathways is to provide the student with rich, engaging research experience provided through a mentored relationship with a faculty member in either the clinical or basic sciences. A successful research experience is one that is rewarding to both the student and the mentor with, as one desired outcome, progress toward a publication co-authored with the student.  At the culmination of the FLEX Phase, all students will present their work at the FLEX Fair in either oral or poster format.

FLEX Pathways Core Objectives

  1. Develop skills for self-directed and lifelong learning.
  2. Demonstrate strategies for analyzing, identifying and improving personal deficiencies in knowledge and skills by setting learning and improvement goals.
  3. Define a scholarly question.
  4. Incorporate constructive feedback.
  5. Retrieve, critically appraise, and integrate current, evidence‐ or research-based biomedical information into patient care, clinical decision-making, or scholarly work.
  6. Make judgments and draw conclusions based on evidence.
  7. Apply the foundational principles of hypothesis-driven inquiry to patient care.
  8. Apply foundational principles of service‐learning with reflection on outcomes for patients and populations.
  9. Communicate effectively with patients, families, colleagues, and the public through the use of active listening and appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written skills.
  10. Prepare an oral presentation of their project and communicate their findings to their peers at the end of the program and at other institutional forums.
  11. Described the key ethical principles and specific issues involved in the planning, implementation and completion of human subjects research.

Research Track-Specific Objectives

  1. Define a scholarly question with a focus on basic science, clinical, or translational research.
  2. Describe the basic principles of the scientific method.
  3. Read and critically interpret relevant scientific literature.
  4. Compare and contrast hypothesis-driven research (basic, clinical or translational) with clinical case reports.
  5. Complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) mandatory training on the Responsible Conduct of Research.

FLEX-Specific Research Opportunities for Spring 2023