1.) The student will be able to think independently about a specific area of interest, and in collaboration with a mentor, develop an appropriate research question.

2.) The student will be able to generate a hypothesis and develop an appropriate methodology/study design for their Independent Scholarly Project (ISP) in collaboration with their mentor.

3.) The student will be able to perform a focused medical literature review in their topic of interest and apply it to their ISP.

4.) The student will be able to analyze data and generate an appropriate discussion of their results in collaboration with their mentor.

5.) The student will begin to develop skills in technical medical writing, oral presentation, and poster presentation.

6.) The student will improve his/her understanding of the principles of translational and clinical research through the formulation of their ISP and by attending the Introduction to Research seminar during their first year.

7.) The student will learn the following principles in the introduction to Research Seminar:

  • the significance of translational research as it applies to patient care (using a model of how a basic science finding can result in a novel treatment for a particular disease entity)
  • how to identify and write a clinical vignette, clinical case series, and perform a retrospective chart review, Clinical Trials design and phases of drug development
  • how to perform a focused medical literature review using resources provided by the research librarian
  • the importance of conducting ethical research and the protection of human subjects as it relates to interactions with the IRB

8.) The student will learn the following skills regarding the presentation and interpretation of research findings:

  • how to prepare a poster for presentation of their research at Student Research Day using a poster template that has been provided through the ISP website and the Office of Faculty and Curriculum Support
  • how to prepare a 5-minute oral presentation in front of faculty and peers on Student Research Day
  • how to critique and evaluate the work of other students by observing and participating with a faculty judge