Research Affairs

Timothy Broderick, M.D., Associate Dean

Research Electives

SMD 616 Research Learning Community 1: The elective for M1 students runs longitudinally from late March through the end of July. In March-May, students attend 8 weekly seminars (including the Medical Student Research Symposium) that introduce them to the Research Learning Community (RLC) at Boonshoft School of Medicine. Seminars include training in basic research skills that will prepare students to contribute to a faculty research project. Topics cover the responsible conduct of research, library and reference tools, human subjects research regulation, and strategies for participating in scientific meetings. Students who enroll in SMD 616 are responsible for finding a faculty mentor prior to the beginning of the elective. The student and mentor will develop a suitable plan for the elective  research experience involving at least 40 hours of contact time. Research experiences are completed in June-July. Enrollment in SMD 616 is limited to 15 students. The admission application deadline is December 5. Read the SMD 616 course description.

SMD 617 Research Learning Community 2: The elective for M2 students builds on the concepts and activities established in SMD 616 (Research Learning Community 1). 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. SMD 617 runs longitudinally from October-April; the enrollment deadline is Sept. 30. Read the SMD 617 course description.

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