After a month of classes, second-year medical students now have a good idea how much time and effort they can put into research this year. Students who expect to continue to work on projects begun in the last academic year, including presentation and publication of research findings, can get elective credit for that work through SMD 617 (Research Learning Community 2).
The M2 elective provides a supportive environment for continuation or completion of research projects begun in SMD 616, but SMD 616 is not a prerequisite. The M2 elective also supports students who continue to participate in extracurricular or SIE (student initiated elective) research projects.
Here are the SMD 617 requirements:
Option 1 – Ongoing participation in a faculty mentored research project during the second year of medical school. Students will document this work with a research plan, quarterly activity reports, and a final report including future research directions. Student work leading to presentation/publication of research findings is strongly encouraged.
Option 2 – Ongoing leadership in the Research Learning Community during the second year of medical school. In addition to taking leadership roles in the Medical Student Research Club and Journal Club, students will plan and complete a faculty-mentored project based on organizing research meetings and publications. Students will document this work with a project plan, quarterly activity reports, and a final report including future directions for the learning community.
SMD 617 does not have a fixed schedule of class meetings. Students are expected to participate in monthly meetings of the Research Learning Community, including RLC midday seminars, RLC evening lectures, Journal Club midday meetings, and the annual Medical Student Research Symposium held in April. Students are required to make an oral presentation and lead a discussion at one of these RLC venues.
See the complete course description.
Enrollment in SMD 617 is by permission of the course director. Please contact Mark Willis (937-775-3814; firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an interview. The enrollment deadline is Oct. 1.