IU School of Medicine



This elective will provide students an opportunity to pursue a special project related to some aspect of clinical microbiology. This might be in the area of clinical correlation of laboratory information, new procedures in diagnostic microbiology, and/or hospital epidemiology. Students will complete a short research project designed for presentation at a national meeting. Students will be orientated to the routine diagnostic benches and will attend weekly microbiology rounds.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Ryan F. Relich (rrelich@iupui.edu) and Beverly Jarrett  (bjarrett@iupui.edu)        

Director: Ryan F. Relich, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Pathology Laboratory (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Complete a well-defined and limited research study (PBLI1)
  • 2) Review pertinent medical literature (PBLI1)
  • 3) Evaluate study data using appropriate statistical methodology (PBLI1)
  • 4) Prepare a manuscript or poster presentation with introduction, methods, results and conclusion (ISC5)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Students will primarily be assessed through the strength of their research project including observation of organizational skills, proficiency in performing testing and/or data procurement ability, ability to work independently with supervision and ability to formulate a cohesive abstract. Students will also be assessed by observation and discussion during microbiology rounds).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30-35 (9:00am to 4:00pm M-F)

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture/Seminar (varies with project)

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Ryan F. Relich (rrelich@iupui.edu) and Beverly Jarrett  (bjarrett@iupui.edu)         Students who register for this course must contact course director 2 months prior to the start date of their rotation through the clinical microbiology laboratory

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students will collaborate on case discussions with faculty and residents/fellows from Pathology, Pharmacy, and Infectious Diseases. Additional collaboration with these groups may also be available depending on research projects chosen

Service Learning Included: None