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NW HERON Scholarly Projects for Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Students: Rural, Tribal, and Urban Underserved Communities

ESFCOM MD Program Scholarly Projects


All ESFCOM MD students are required to complete a scholarly project prior to graduation. The ESFCOM Scholarly Project is founded on the principle that investigative experiences promote problem-solving and sharpen critical reasoning. They allow students to pursue individual interests, apply greater context to classroom learning, refine the ability to ask meaningful questions and seek practical solutions, as well as develop skills and habits which will facilitate a lifetime of awareness, inquiry, and investigation. Importantly, scholarly work provides opportunities to prepare physicians who are clinically astute, responsive to community problems, and compassionate towards clinical and community needs.

Timing of scholarly projects:

  • Students will have dedicated time in the curriculum to engage in their scholarly projects from Year 2-4 (equivalent to one afternoon per week – timing is flexible).
  • Students will have dedicated time to plan their projects in Year 1 during a course called “EBM 503”. They should have selected their supervisors by the first day of Year 2.
  • Students heading to the distributed sites can use the summer of Year 1 and dedicated (scheduled) time in Year 2 to begin work on their projects (literature review, IRB application, etc.) while on the main campus and use Year 3 and 4 to conduct the project work at the distributed site (data collection and analysis or survey distribution and analysis, or focus group work, etc).

Projects requirements:

  1. Student may engage in projects that are self-proposed or may work as part of a project submitted by a supervisor
  2. All projects must make appropriate use of time (project time = 320 hrs)
  3. All scholarly works will follow the Six Scholarly Standards (see website link below)
  4. All projects must have a Supervisor (see website link below for Supervisor’s Manual)
  5. All projects must have an identified deliverable
  6. All project proposals must be reviewed by the “Scholarly Projects Team”

Note: Projects are not limited to hypothesis-driven research; projects can be qualitative in nature and include community engagement activities, quality improvement, and projects in the arts and humanities.

The role of the supervisors:

Supervisors will play 2 important roles as part of these scholarly projects:

  1. Guidance and content expertise during the project planning, engagement and completion stage
  2. Feedback (informal and formal)

How to get involved?

If you are interested in working with our students or have any questions about the students Scholarly Projects, please visit our website to propose your project “teaser” for our students to follow up with you:

If you have specific questions, please email them to