Welcome to the Research Learning Community

Jessica Zagory (center) discusses her research with WSU faculty Thomas Herchline, M.D. (left), and Ronald Markert, Ph.D. at the 2011 Medical Student Research Symposium. The annual event is organized by WSU’s Medical Student Research Club and the Office of Research Affairs. [Photo by Chris Snyder/WSU Photography]The Research Learning Community is an evolving collaboration  among medical students, faculty, and the Office of Research Affairs at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The RLC promotes research opportunities and seeks to build a supportive learning environment for medical student research. The development of this research-focused learning community was described in a 2011 paper published in Medical Science Educator. The RLC now includes B1 research electives, student advising, the Medical Student Research Club and Journal Club, the RLC Seminar Series, and the annual Medical Student Research Symposium. For more information about the RLC, contact Amber McCurdy in the Office of Research Affairs (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu, 937-775-3814).

CITI Course on Human Subjects Protection

Wright State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) requires all investigators (including faculty, students, and staff) who will be engaged in research with human subjects to complete the Basic Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects offered online by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). WSU is a CITI participating institution, and the course is offered free of charge to WSU personnel. WSU requires the renewal of CITI training every three years. Medical students who take SMD 616 (Introduction to the Research Learning Community), SMD 617 (Research Learning Community II), and CMH 811 (Medical Education Research) are required to complete CITI training during these research electives. In 2012 a CITI training requirement was adopted for all other B1 and B2 research electives, including student-initiated research electives (SIE’s). Medical students who seek extracurricular research opportunities involving human subjects (e.g. clinical research) are strongly advised to complete CITI training before contacting potential faculty mentors. Read instructions for access to the online CITI course.

Finding Faculty Mentors

A variety of websites can help you find information about potential research mentors at Boonshoft School of Medicine. No single site has all the information you may need. Using several of the sites listed on the Finding Faculty Mentors webpage should enable you to identify particular BSOM departments and faculty with research projects in fields that interest you.

Medical Student Research Funding

The Medical Student Research Travel Award funds travel to a regional/national research meeting for a Wright State medical student with an accepted abstract/proposal for a poster and/or oral presentation. The award does NOT fund meeting attendance only; students must make a research presentation at the meeting. The funding source is the Margaruite Duerst Medical Student Research Fund. The award funds $500 per student (one award per student per academic year). Funds can be used for travel expenses such as meeting registration, airline reservations, lodging and meals per WSU travel policies. Funds also may be used for the cost of printing posters. See the MS Travel Award guidelines and application process.

The Medical Student Research Grant supports one-year research projects conducted by Wright State medical students under the supervision of a BSOM faculty mentor. The funding source is the Margaruite Duerst Medical Student Research Fund, which will award up to four grants in the 2014-15 academic year. The grant funds up to $2,500 per project over a one-year period. Funds can be used for laboratory materials, survey costs, statistical consulting, and other reasonable research expenses per WSU policies. Up to $500 per grant can be used to fund medical student travel to present results at a regional/national research meeting. Funds CANNOT be used for student stipends or the purchase of computers and other research hardware. See the MS Research Grant guidelines and application process.

Medical Student Research Club

The Medical Student Research Club was established in 2007. The Research Club plans a series of meetings, lectures, and workshops every year that introduce you to student researchers and potential faculty mentors and help you to develop research experiences during your medical education. Programming includes the RLC Lecture Series and culminates in April with the annual Medical Student Research Symposium. For more information about the Research Club, contact Adam Deardorff (deardorff.2@wright.edu).

Research Electives

SMD 616 Research Learning Community 1: The elective for M1 students runs longitudinally from late May through the end of July. In March-May, students attend 8 weekly seminars (including the Medical Student Research Symposium) that introduce them to the Research Learning Community (RLC) at Boonshoft School of Medicine. Seminars include training in basic research skills that will prepare students to contribute to a faculty research project. Topics cover the responsible conduct of research, library and reference tools, human subjects research regulation, and strategies for participating in scientific meetings. Students who enroll in SMD 616 are responsible for finding a faculty mentor prior to the beginning of the elective. The student and mentor will develop a suitable plan for the elective  research experience involving at least 40 hours of contact time. Research experiences are completed in June-July. Enrollment in SMD 616 is limited to 15 students. The admission application deadline is December 1. Read the SMD 616 course description.

SMD 617 Research Learning Community 2: The elective for M2 students builds on the concepts and activities established in SMD 616 (Research Learning Community 1). The M2 elective provides a supportive environment for continuation or completion of research projects begun in SMD 616, but SMD 616 is not a prerequisite. The M2 elective also supports students who continue to participate in extracurricular or SIE (student initiated elective) research projects. SMD 617 runs longitudinally from October-April; the enrollment deadline is Sept. 30. Read the SMD 617 course description.

Research Enterprise - News for the Research Community

Research Enterprise is published online by the Office of Research Affairs. Look here for news about the RLC, the Research and Journal Clubs, funding opportunities, and other student research resources. The news site includes legacy content published between 2008-2011 at Student Research Enterprise. For more information, contact Amber McCurdy (amber.mccurdy@wright.edu; 937-775-3814).

WSU Libraries Research Guide for Medicine

Find articles, books, drug information, images and more using the University Libraries' Research Quick Start Guide for Medicine. This portal includes links to databases such as PubMed and the Cochran Library and electronic book sources such as AccessMedicine and ACP Medicine. For more information, contact clinical medicine librarian Bette Sydelko (937-775-3840; bette.sydelko@wright.edu).