Medical Student Research Elective
INTD 4210, 4211, and 4212
The goal of the Medical Student Research Elective is to immerse students in a rich, mentored research environment and provide an opportunity to fully engage in the research process, from writing the proposal to collecting the data to disseminating research results.
Students may enter this rotation at three possible stages in the research process. Each section of the elective represents these three stages: (4210) developing a new project, (4211) continuing work for an ongoing project, or (4212) completing data analysis and write-up of a completed project.
To be eligible to enroll in the Research Electives, students must have successfully completed the CBSE (Comprehensive Basic Science Examination).
Students must submit their completed application for the elective rotation no later than four weeks prior to the start of the Block. Late applications will not be accepted. Click here to view the AY 23-24 Block Dates and Deadlines to Apply.
1. Applications must be submitted via SurveyMonkey Apply and must include (1) a plan for conducting research by the student and (2) a mentoring plan endorsed by the mentor.
- Research Work Plan: The Work Plan will cite the project's specific aims, significance, innovation, approach, and timeline. The timeline must be specific.
- Mentoring Plan: The Mentoring Plan will cite the mentor's expectations for the student's work, the resources to be made available to the student during the rotation, a supervision plan, and a signed agreement to serve as the student's mentor during this rotation. NOTE: The faculty mentor is responsible for ensuring that students working on projects are in compliance with regulatory requirements and UTHSCSA policies (i.e., training in human subjects protection, clinical research training, IRB and IACUC policies and procedures, etc.).
2. Once the application has been submitted no later than four weeks prior to the start of the block, the course instructor will review the applications. If suggestions for improvements are needed, the student will be emailed and given the opportunity to resubmit their Work and Mentoring Plan. A confirmation will be emailed to the student confirming the approved application and enrollment.*
3. After the student has received a confirmation email from the Senior Program Coordinator, the student will then enroll themself in My Student Center. Students will begin their research project and submit the final course items in Canvas by the block end date.