(MRES-302 & MRES-511)

The Medical Research Program is a component of the curriculum where each student carries out a supervised research project.  In addition to nurturing students' academic individuality, this project introduces them to the world of academic medicine.  They learn about research methodology, the limits of what can and cannot be known through scientific research, and gain a better  overall understanding of the infrastructure within which health care is delivered.

The project can be used as a means to overcome gaps in knowledge or skills, to broaden understanding in an unfamiliar area of medical science, to expand horizons in the humanities or social sciences, or to explore a body of relevant academic literature.  Students are encouraged to seek out the area of medical research that they find most exciting, and to work with a faculty member whom they feel will provide the best educational experience.

The program has two components:

Medical Research I (MRES 302, 4 credit hours) runs longitudinally over Phase II and covers the preliminary work for the project (identifying a topic, choosing a supervisor, deciding on methodology, etc).  The final product is a fleshed-out research proposal, which is submitted for approval by the College of Medicine Research Committee.

Medical Research II (MRES 511, 3 credit hours) runs longitudinally over Phase III.  This is where students actually carry out the project: acquiring their data, analyzing it, and reporting the results.