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Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
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Director, Neil A. Segal, MD, MS, CSCSCoordinator, Deanna Nielson, PhD
The goal of the RDT is to encourage students to participate in research in a meaningful and substantial way over their 4 years of medical school. This exposure to training in scientific thinking should be an experience that will enrich their medical training.
Briefly, the RDT is designed to allow students to be formally recognized for their participation in on-going medical research during their time in medical school. This is not considered to be a program in which a "degree" (e.g. Master's) is granted. Recognition of completion of the RDT will be noted within the student's Dean's Letter, transcript, and by special acknowledgement during the graduation ceremony.
Interested students must declare their intent to be in RDT before the end of the M2 year.
Students can apply to participate in the RDT program as early as after acceptance into medical school. In fact, the "easiest" way to fulfill the 16 weeks of research criteria is by participating in two summer research fellowships – one prior to starting medical school and one after the first year of medical school. Therefore, students are encouraged to consider this program at the time they are accepted to medical school in order to take full advantage of the opportunity for completing a pre-M1 summer fellowship.
The latest date that a student can apply to the RDT program is by the end of the second semester of their second year of medical school before they start Clinical Beginnings.
Students will need to complete all requirements prior to graduation. Acknowledgement of participation in RDT is contained in the Dean’s letter, contingent upon demonstration of acceptable progress towards publication and completion of other RDT program requirements by November 1 of the M4 year. Therefore, the Dean’s letter comments concerning a student’s participation in the RDT will be description of completed, current, and expected participation / requirements. This information for the Dean’s letter should be written in conjunction with the student’s mentor. Once graduation with research distinction is approved by the MSRC, it is so noted on the student's transcript and again during the graduation program.
1. Identification of a Research Mentor
2. Participation in an active research project:
The minimum requirement of active research time devoted to a project is 16 weeks*. This could be achieved in several ways:
*Students must be in good academic standing: Research done while students are not in good academic standing will not count toward the 16 weeks required for RDT. *Extended schedule: Students on extended schedules, and in good academic standing, may count one pre-M1 summer fellowship and one post-M1 summer fellowship toward the 16 week requirement for RDT. Additional fellowships completed during extended time will not count toward the 16 weeks requirement.
3. Participation in research related activities throughout the four years of training
4. Preparation of a final manuscript
5. Presentation of Research
6. Graduation nomination letter
7. Final Approval by the Medical Student Research Council
All RDT applicants must complete all requirements by February 28 of their M4 year. Complete applications are reviewed by the Medical Student Research Council (MSRC) around February-March.
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