Research Track

Medical Students (M.D.)

Program Description

The overall goal of the FLEX Phase 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.

Overall FLEX Phase 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.

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Research Track-Specific Objectives

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to work with an experienced faculty member who can mentor the student.
  2. 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.
  3. Compare and contrast hypothesis-driven research (basic, clinical or translational) with clinical case reports.
  4. Describe the basics of the scientific method.
  5. Read and critically interpret relevant scientific literature.
  6. Explain how to become actively engage in a research project.
  7. Complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) mandatory training on the Responsible Conduct of Research.
  8. Report their findings and submit a report on the project in the style of a short scientific journal article.

FLEX-Specific Research Opportunities for Spring 2020