Interdisciplinary Special Program - 800 [IDSP-800] Guidelines

PURPOSE
To provide a means for students to pursue a research training experience or clinical educational experience as an elective curricular option during the summer session between the first and second years of medical school.  These experiences can be held at any campus of KUMC, at a formal affiliate of KU School of Medicine, at a domestic or international site of a ‘partner’ in an agreement with KU/KU School of Medicine for research or educational activity.  Also, research and/or clinical activities may be included in a Medical Mission experience, either domestic or international, approved for participation by KU School of Medicine.

ADMINISTRATION:

  • The “Mentor” is the KUMC faculty sponsor or a Non-KUMC, outside, sponsor responsible for the instructional guidance                of the Student.
  • Coordinators to Contact for:
    • RESEARCH: Michael Werle, PhD, Assoc. Dean, Graduate Studies, 5015 Wescoe, 588-7491, mwerle@kumc.edu
    • CLINICAL EDUCATION: Pam Shaw, MD, Phase II Curriculum Director, 2014 Miller, 588-5908, pshaw@kumc.edu
    • INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Whether research or clinical, you must talk with Kimberly Connelly, Director, International Programs, 4016 Student Center, 588-1480, kconnelly@kumc.edu.
    • ENROLLMENT & CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION:
      • Mark Meyer, MD, Assoc. Dean, SOM, 3040 Murphy, 588-1483, mmeyer@kumc.edu
      •      Ms. Laura Zeiger, Assist. Dean, SOM, 3040 Murphy, 588-5290, lzeiger@kumc.edu       

ELECTIVE CREDIT HOUR LIMITS :
Student and mentor agree on the time & effort for the proposed experience(s) relative to the number of credit hours for enrollment in IDSP-800.  Minimum of 2 or maximum of 4 credit hours for the entire summer session.  
Expectations: 4 credits = 40 hours, “full time”/week for 8 weeks (June & July).
2 credits = 20 hours “half time”/week for 8 weeks (June & July), or “full time”/wk for 4 weeks (typically either June or July).

IDSP-800 COURSE OBJECTIVES, REQUIREMENTS, and PROCEDURES:

RESEARCH:

  • OBJECTIVESResearch:
    • The objective is to participate in virtually all aspects of a basic or clinical science research project with the guidance of a faculty research mentor. 
    • By the end of the experience, the student will be able:
      • to better understand the overall process of biomedical research by first-hand experience,
      • to enhance skills to analytically read and interpret biomedical literature in the field of study,
      • to enhance an ability to apply scientific reasoning to the problem-solving process,
      • to understand why the research is being done relative to the current status of the field,
      • to assist in design of a project;
      • to carryout a project with some degree of independence,
      • to analyze the results,
      • to present the findings of the research in both written format of an Abstract and an oral or poster presentation.
  • REQUIREMENTSResearch:
    • Student – submit completed proposal/application forms – incomplete forms will not be considered.
    • Student – At the end of  the research activity, each student must submit a written scientific, 250-word  Abstract of the research project in the following timeframe:
      • Abstract is due at the end of summer by the date announced by Research Coordinator,
      • A revision of the Abstract is possible before submitting a final version on-line in the format and by the deadline set/announced by the Planning Committee of the next Annual Student Research Forum (SRF).
    • Student – make an oral presentation (with PowerPoint) or poster presentation of the research at the next SRF; rarely, an exception/extension to the next year might be approved by the Research Coordinator.
    • Mentor – completes the “IDSP-800 Evaluation of Student Performance” at the end of the program period and submits it to the Research Coordinator (Evaluation includes the grade recommendation).
    • Final Grade will be issued to the Registrar after ALL requirements have been met.  A grade of “I” (Incomplete) will be issued automatically at the end of the summer session and before requirements are completed by the SRF.
  • PROCEDURESResearch:
    • Student contacts a Mentor regarding availability/feasibility for Summer Research.
    • Mentor & Student complete their information in the appropriate form:
      • “2 IDSP-800 Summer Research Training Elective Proposal” – for non-scholarship funded research proposal.
      • Summer Research Training Program Scholarship Application”  - for scholarship research proposal.
    • Mentor or Student submits Proposal/Application to Research Coordinator for action: review/discussion, possible revision, and approval for funding and/or recommendation for enrollment. 
    • If the research is proposed for an international site, then the Student must meet with the International Coordinator, too.
    • Student is notified of the outcome on the Proposal, and follows instructions from the Enrollment Coordinator.

CLINICAL EDUCATION:

  • OBJECTIVESClinical:
    • Goal 1.  By the end of this summer experience:
      • The student will be able to formulate a history and physical for patients presenting in various medical settings consistent with a 1st year level student.  This history and physical will be based on information obtained by observation and workup of patients with the mentor.
      • The student will be able to communicate and document patient care information using appropriate medical terminology, abbreviations and format consistent with a 1st year medical student. 
      • The student will be able to describe aspects of health care in the setting that the mentor practices in, including use of consultants, government regulations and how they affect their practice, and the use of third party payors.
      • The student will be able to describe how the mentor prioritizes concurrent responsibilities such as caring for hospital and ambulatory patients or attending to patients in the Emergency room.
    • Goal 2.  During this summer experience:
      • In addition to direct patient care, the student will participate in all related patient care activities as requested by the mentor such as hospital committee meetings and medical supervision at sporting events.
      • The student is strongly encouraged to participate in non-medical community activities with their mentor.  These may include local service organization meetings and/or chamber of commerce events.
    • Goal 3.  During this summer experience:
      • The student will employ a professional manner at all times.  This includes wearing appropriate attire, attendance at all required activities, carrying out responsibilities in a timely manner, and demonstrating respect for patients, colleagues and support staff.
  • REQUIREMENTSClinical:
    • Student – Will maintain a text journal during the summer clinical experience(s).  The journal will be used to prepare a 1- to 2-page, double-spaced paper, which will include a 250-word Abstract of the experience(s) and descriptions of three or four of the most significant/meaningful experience(s) that the student had.  What, why, how, etc. did the particular experience(s) have an impact on the student as a medical student, a person, and/or as a future physician, etc.
    • Mentor – completes the “IDSP-800 Evaluation of Student Performance” at the end of the program period and submits it to the Clinical Education Coordinator  (Evaluation includes the grade recommendation).
    • Final Grade will be issued to the Registrar after ALL requirements have been met. 
  • PROCEDURESClinical:
    • Student contacts a Mentor regarding availability/feasibility for a summer Clinical Experience.
    • Mentor & Student complete their information in the form:.
      •  “3 IDSP-800 Summer Clinical Education Elective Proposal”
    • Mentor or Student submits Proposal to Clinical Education Coordinator for action: review/discussion, possible revision, and recommendation for enrollment. 
    • If the experience is proposed for an international site, then the Student must meet with the International Coordinator, too.
Student is notified of the outcome on the Proposal, and follows instructions from Enrollment Coordinator.

Last modified: Oct 29, 2013
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