Medical Education Research Policy

Are you doing program Research or Evaluation?

Any data gathering and analysis with the intent to disseminate findings to a broader scientific community would be considered research per the research policy.

In order to assure that we conduct the most rigorous medical education research and scholarship, and to assure that medical education innovations can be coordinated effectively, all medical education and research projects in the required MD program curriculum must be reviewed and approved. To initiate a review, please email Nicola Curtin,

Submissions for review and approval should include the following:

1. A brief summary (1-2 pages) with the following information:

a)    Specific aims and research questions

b)    Hypotheses

c)     Background and literature review

d)    Target population

e)    Research activity setting

f)     Experimental or intervention methods

g)    Intended statistical analysis plan

h)    Study personnel

i)      Funding source (if applicable)

2. A statement of support and concurrence from the faculty course or clerkship/residency director of the study setting, including whether and how that faculty member will collaborate on the research dimension.

3. IRB Human Subjects approval, or a written statement from the IRB that they have reviewed your study and determined it exempt.

4. Blank copies of the instruments to be used, e.g. surveys, interview protocols, etc.