IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 18ZI711 — INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL RESEARCH

Description:

This elective is intended to promote research and evidence-based medicine education to medical students. The program provides on-line didactics, assigned readings and tests to insure that the students gain an understanding of basic clinical research principles, research ethics, and evidence-based medicine. In addition to lecture and reading requirements, students will assist the research coordinators at IUH BMH to recruit and enroll patients into clinical research studies. It represents a unique opportunity to allow medical students to directly participate in the performance of clinical research, while also providing them with an education on basic research methodology and research ethics. The goal of the Research Rotation is also to improve student education, promote quality of patient care, and stimulate students to become life-long active learners and scientific participants by enhancing their participation in clinical or basic science investigation and scholarly activities. During this elective, students are provided with protected time and a supportive environment for scientific investigation education and scholarship under the supervision of a chosen mentor. The setting will be primarily didactic sessions and independent work on a project of the student's choosing (with input from faculty mentor). Goals of this elective:

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Elaine Wisner (ewisner@iuhealth.org )

Director: J. Matthew Neal, M.D.

Campus: Muncie

Location: IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital (Muncie)

Learning Objectives

  • Describe and intelligently articulate (in the form of exercises, discussions, and projects): 1) Basic concepts and methodologies of clinical research studies, including research study design (MK5)
  • 2) Basic principles of legal issues involved in human subjects research (P3)
  • 3) Basic knowledge of clinical research ethics as it applies to human subjects research, citing examples (P3)
  • 4) Basic principles of evidence based medicine, including real-world applications (MK5)
  • 5) How to summarize the key points of an original research journal article, with emphasis on application to clinical science (ISC5)
  • 6) Basic principles of biostatistics, including linear/logistic regression, confidence intervals, predictive value, sensitivity/specificity, Bayes' theorem, and hypothesis testing (MK5)
  • 7) Basic principles of writing and effective presentations, giving examples of each and creating projects as required by faculty (ISC5)
  • 8) Basic principles of public health epidemiology (MK6)

Assessment

  • 1. CITI human subjects training (online) 2. CDC epidemiology modules (one-on-one discussion with mentor) 3. Biostatistics lectures with exam (20-30 questions, one best answer) 4. Discussion of medical ethics cases (prescribed number in handout). 3. Biostatistics lectures with exam (20-30 questions, one best answer)1. CITI human subjects training (online) 2. CDC epidemiology modules (one-on-one discussion with mentor) 3. Biostatistics lectures with exam (20-30 questions, one best answer); 4. Discussion of medical ethics cases (prescribed number in handout). 1. CITI human subjects training (online) 2. CDC epidemiology modules (one-on-one discussion with mentor)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:

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Duty Hours: 40-45 (7:30am-4:30pm M-F)

Time Distribution: 50% lecture/seminar, 40% library research, 10% clinical

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Every effort will be made to provide housing; arrangements will be made prior to arrival.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Student will work with members of other health professions (primarily nurses) to develop and conduct research projects in the hospital and ambulatory setting. Other health professionals also involved in our research department include pharmacy, PT, and psychologists.

Service Learning Included: None