Overall FLEX Phase Objectives
- Develop skills for self-directed and lifelong learning.
- Demonstrate strategies for analyzing, identifying and improving personal deficiencies in knowledge and skills by setting learning and improvement goals.
- Define a scholarly question.
- Incorporate constructive feedback.
- Retrieve, critically appraise, and integrate current, evidence‐ or research-based biomedical information into patient care, clinical decision-making, or scholarly work.
- Make judgments and draw conclusions based on evidence.
- Apply the foundational principles of hypothesis-driven inquiry to patient care.
- Apply foundational principles of service‐learning with reflection on outcomes for patients and populations.
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, colleagues, and the public through the use of active listening and appropriate verbal, nonverbal and written skills.
- 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.
Research Track-Specific Objectives
- Provide students with the opportunity to work with an experienced faculty member who can mentor the student.
- Provide hands-on experience to various research skills required to successfully address a research question. Skills may include subject recruitment, outcome testing, data entry, data analysis, and cell and molecular biology techniques.
- Compare and contrast hypothesis-driven research (basic, clinical or translational) with clinical case reports.
- Describe the basics of the scientific method.
- Read and critically interpret relevant scientific literature.
- Explain how to become actively engage in a research project.
- Complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) mandatory training on the Responsible Conduct of Research.
- Report their findings and submit a report on the project in the style of a short scientific journal article.