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Director, Robert Roghair MDCoordinator, Deanna Nielson PhD
The goal of the RDT is to encourage students to participate in research in a meaningful and substantial way over their four years of medical school. This exposure to training in scientific thinking should be an experience that will enrich their medical training.
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 MSPE Letter, transcript, and by special acknowledgement during the graduation ceremony. Interested students must complete the application for RDT by May 31 of the M2 year.
Students can indicate their intent to participate in the RDT program as early as after acceptance into medical school, although review of applications occurs at the end of the second (M2) year. 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. Applications are generally reviewed as a class cohort (e.g., Class of 2018 applications were reviews during the summer of 2016). The latest date that a student can apply to the RDT program is May 31 of their second year of medical school.
Students submit a basic application which identifies their mentor and outlines their "research activities plan" (e.g., background for plan, specific aims, summary of work accomplished to date, plans for future research).
Your mentor must write a letter of nomination on you behalf. The nomination letter is to be uploaded into your RDT portfolio from the mentor's webpage on the RDT website. The student is responsible for contacting the mentor to solicit this letter (sample Nomination letter).
The Medical Student Research Council (MSRC) will review materials from all students who apply for RDT during the summer ending the M2 year. Students must be in good academic standing to be accepted into the RDT.
Once accepted into the RDT, students must update their application by early August of their M3 year (pre-MSPE review) and again no later than the end of February in their M4 year (final graduation review). Updates can be made at any time after acceptance to add publications, presentations, awards, and other pertinent information. Application updates must be done on-line. The form maintains all information already submitted, making it easier to see what is left to complete. Note that final updates must be complete no later than February 28 of the M4 year prior to the final graduation review.
Students must complete all requirements prior to graduation. Acknowledgement of participation in RDT is contained in the MSPE letter contingent upon demonstration of acceptable progress towards publication and completion of other RDT program requirements by September 15 of the M4 year. The MSPE letter comments concerning a student’s participation in the RDT will be a description of completed, current, and expected participation / requirements to be completed. This information for the MSPE letter should be written in conjunction with the student’s mentor.
Once graduation with research distinction is approved by the MSRC, it is noted on the student's final transcript and submitted for inclusion in the awards section of 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 can 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 week minimum 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.
3. Participation in research related activities throughout medical school
4. Presentation of Research
5. Preparation of a final manuscript
6. Submission of a Research CV
7. Graduation nomination letter
Final Approval by the Medical Student Research Council
All RDT applicants must complete all requirements by February 28 of their M4 year. Completed applications are reviewed by the Medical Student Research Council (MSRC) in March. Final notification is sent electronically to the student and mentor following the review meeting.
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