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The goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to assist in the design and implementation of a clinical or basic research protocol in collaboration with a pediatric faculty investigator. Students interested in being considered for this Honors Program are to contact Dr. Harris with a description of the project and the faculty member who will be supervising the program. Honors students will receive monthly reports of their performance and will receive a grade. On successful completion of the two or three month program, the student will be eligible for a certificate of honors in pediatrics. This award will be based on a manuscript written by the student; and/or an oral examination given by the faculty supervisor and other investigators.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Mitchell Harris, MD (mharris@iu.edu)

Director: Mitchell Harris, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Develop and/or participate in a research project including generating a question, intervention, hypothesis, and evaluation (PBLI1)
  • 2) Adhere to ethical research practices and engage in ethics training through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative modules (P3)
  • (see https://one.iu.edu/task/iu/collaborative-institutional-training-initiative) 3) Develop basic skills necessary to conduct research in a chosen domain across basic science, clinical science, quality improvement, community advocacy or medical education. Individual skills will vary with type of project such as but not limited to laboratory techniques, chart auditing, community collaboration, curriculum development, and/or data entry and analysis (PBLI1)
  • 4) Demonstrate effective communication skills through oral reports to their supervisor or other investigators and/or through written posters or manuscripts (ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Supervisor Evaluation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Pediatric clerkship must be completed. Career interest in pediatrics.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: This course is not a clinical rotation with duty hours. A typical work week would be 45-55 hours.

Time Distribution: 90%Laboratory/Clinical Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Mitchell Harris, MD (mharris@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Students are required to discuss their project and have a faculty supervisor approve of their participation in the project in order to participate in this elective.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None