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