Goals & Objectives

Overall Goals

  • Develop physician leaders through a rigorous scholarly experience in biomedically related research.
  • Develop skills for scholarly investigation, pursuit of discovery, and transmission of knowledge to others, including principles in research and clinical practice.
  • Incorporate ethical principles in research and ethical practice.
  • Apply skills in the pursuit of life-long learning.


(Method of monitoring objectives is indicated in parentheses)

  • At the beginning of the Third Year, complete a research proposal acceptable to Mentor and Study Program Director; obtain the appropriate approvals (tracked by Office of Curricular Affairs).
  • Adhere to relevant institutional policies and procedures regarding research involving human subjects and animals (complete online HIPAA [tracked by Registrar's office] and IRB/IACUC modules [tracked by OCA] by specified deadlines).
  • Design with mentor, research strategies appropriate to chosen area (Mentor evaluation, thesis).
  • Daily work in research environment under supervision of a mentor for > 10 months, personally collecting and/or analyzing data (mentor evaluations).
  • Review and critically assess literature pertaining to a chosen topic (mentor evaluation, thesis).
  • Determine what data exist relative to a clinical question or formal hypothesis (mentor evaluation).
  • Execute a research plan for data collection, and organize data for analysis under supervision of mentor (mentor evaluation).
  • Use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data and interpret scientific literature (mentor evaluation; successful completion of QMDM-II course).
  • Collaborate with other individuals as part of the research process and attribute appropriately the contributions of others to the project (mentor evaluation; thesis).
  • Interpret and report findings in a thesis following prescribed guidelines, appropriately citing relevant work by others (thesis).
  • Present results orally and in poster form to an audience of colleagues (mentor evaluation).
  • Present research at AOA Day on the first Friday in August (Mandatory) in either poster or platform format (type of presentation is selected by the AOA Committee).
  • Complete official Third Year Committee evaluation of research experience (Checklist).
  • Complete QMDM-II course or provide evidence of formal training in quantitative biomedical statistics as a part of another Third Year experience.
  • Interact professionally with faculty and staff (mentor evaluation).
  • Meet all deadlines successfully (Checklist).