Didactic courses will lay the educational foundation for this Foundation (see coursework section). In addition, students will be required to develop a clinical research project that they will conduct during their medical school matriculation. This project may be observational (e.g., using secondary/existing data) or interventional in nature.
We expect that most students engaged in this Foundation will focus on research questions related to the practice of medicine, including the evaluation of:
- Diagnosis and Screening: Examining the accuracy of new diagnostic and screening tests (i.e., sensitivity, specificity, predictive value, ROC curves)
- Frequency of Disease: estimating the incidence/prevalence of disease and adverse disease-associated outcomes
- Prognosis: Identifying important prognostic factors using prospective, retrospective, and cross-sectional study designs
- Treatment: Evaluating the efficacy of new pharmacologic treatments or therapeutic interventions
- Prevention: Identifying strategies to prevent the development of disease or detect disease early for interventions that improve disease course
There is an existing Masters degree and PhD program in Clinical Research and Epidemiology. This degree can be pursued concomitantly with a Medical Degree.