UVM College of Medicine Hosts Fourth-Year Student Scholarly Project Presentations
- By Erin E Post
With topics ranging from monitoring childhood malnutrition with electronic data collection, to using acupuncture to treat inflammation, to applying narrative reflection in medical school courses, senior medical student research projects are advancing knowledge in a number of fields. On May 12, 2014, the University of Vermont College of Medicine celebrated their work at the eighth annual Scholarly Projects Presentation, which was held in Davis Auditorium on Fletcher Allen Health Care's Ambulatory Care Center campus. This year, 18 fourth-year students presented their work alongside their faculty mentors.
The Vermont Integrated Curriculum Scholarly Projects course was designed to “encourage the development of students as physician-scholars by gaining an understanding of the processes and methods involved in scientific inquiry.” Students work with a faculty mentor to identify a topic and carry out the research, with a goal of revisiting foundational science coursework with the clinical perspective gained through four years of medical school. Students also build on what Eileen CichoskiKelly, Ph.D., director of education instruction and scholarship, calls their “analytical and communication skills,” and lay the groundwork for “lifelong learning by providing a background against which critical evaluation of data can be carried out.” Many of the manuscripts – which typically address a broad range of basic science and clinical research topics, as well as development of curricular units for medical education – have been published and/or presented at meetings across the country.