Clinical Sciences

Family Medicine

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ELEC 163: Family Medicine - Scholarly Activity

Clerkship Directors: Ronald W. Brewer, Ph.D.
Reporting Time: Schedule orientation meeting with Dr. Brewer prior to start of clerkship
Sites: Affiliated Clinical Institutions
Length of Clerkship: 2-8 weeks in 2-week blocks Available all year
Dates: Year round
Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of M-2 year
Methods of Evaluation:
Night call Required: None required
Weekends Required: None required
Supervision: Faculty
Students per rotation: No limit

The student will be introduced to basic principles of clinical (patient-based) research.


1. Medical Knowledge – Upon completion of this clerkship, the student will describe a variety of evidence-based tools for clinical scholarship. The steps in developing a research project will include the following:
• Discuss current clinical research priorities in medical discipline of interest and the appropriate focus for a medical student defined scholarly activity.
• Discuss theories and principles of clinical research methodologies and the applicability of specific designs to the research question of interest.
• Describe the importance of ethics in clinical research and importance of maintaining patient confidentiality, confidence and trust.
• Outline a clinical research question followed by a clear hypothesis and timetable for data collection as appropriate.
• Complete the necessary Institutional Review Board application(s) and informed consent documents.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform a comprehensive literature review to support the significance of the clinical research question.
• Demonstrate the ability to select a research design, collect data, analyze data and synthesize data into a scholarly presentation.
• Demonstrate constructive response to input from peers, supervisors, colleagues and granting agencies on completed work.
• Demonstrate ability to use evidenced-based medicine and case studies to assist in effective evidence-based patient care drawing on scholarly activity experiences.
2. Communication Skills
• On completion of this clerkship, the student will present clinical scholarship to mentors and colleagues through a variety of media which may include clinical vignette, poster, or written manuscripts.
• Describe the relevance of scholarly work to the clinical sciences
3. Professionalism
• Demonstrate punctuality, reliability, completion of research timetable, mature interpersonal skills and the willingness to seek help as needed in completion of a project.

The student will schedule an initial meeting with the clerkship coordinator, Dr. Ron Brewer, for initial orientation. Orientation will include review of learning materials about quantitative and qualitative research methods, evidence-based literature review, and clinical scholarly activities. Student will receive instruction in oral and written presentation skills, ethics of human subject research utilization and the
steps in applying to Institutional Review Boards. The student will be introduced to medical research activities that will require them to prepare a project in writing that utilizes human subjects (vignette poster, case presentations, case data for group of
patients. The student will be assigned both a PhD educator and a clinical mentor for a project. Student will work with close mentorship in the completion of the project. The student will then be required to present a proposal of their project to the clerkship director and clinical faculty. When applicable, the student will complete documents for Institutional Review Board review within the institution in which the student is working, and if applicable will submit the final project for presentation to a vignette competition, a College of Medicine Research Day or conference or journal of the student’s choosing. There will be no requirements for the project to be accepted for publication.

Student will receive on-going mentorship through completion of the project by the assigned faculty.

The following textbook is required:
Morgan G., Gliner, J., and Harmon, R. “Understanding Evaluating Research in Applied and Clinical Settings”

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