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Family Medicine Research

Elective Number: 1412 (research)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Fern Hauck

Coordinator: Wanda Hudson; McKim 3161; 924-1609

Duration: Maximum: 8 weeks, Minimum: 4 weeks

Available: All rotations - But availability based on Dr. Hauck's or designated faculty member's schedule, please contact Wanda Hudson for actual available times - Class of 2015; Rotations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 - Class of 2016

Prerequisite: At least a month in advance, submit a Research Proposal (see how to schedule research electives)

Report to: Research attending

Time to Report: 8:30 am or as designated by research attending

Place to Report: McKim 3162

Typical day: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The overall goal of this elective is to introduce the student to the principles and practice of family medicine research. This research is clinical and epidemiological in focus, using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The student will have an opportunity to work with one primary attending during the rotation, to be determined in advance based on faculty availability and student interest in specific projects. Currently faculty are conducting research in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, infant care practices, prostate cancer in African Americans, the effect of comorbid disease on hospital mortality, the use of hand-held computers in clinical practice, and asthma care and risk factors. Specific knowledge, skills and attitudes are listed below. During an individual rotation, depending upon the project and the length, K/S/A may vary from student to student.

Knowledge: The student will:

  1. Learn the types of basic research design, and understand which designs are used for different kinds of research questions and conditions.
  2. Learn how to conduct a systematic review of the literature.
  3. Learn how to critically read journal articles and interpret findings.
  4. Understand the principles of community-oriented and based participatory research.

Attitudes: The student will:

  1. Appreciate the variety and breadth of family medicine/primary care research.
  2. Appreciate the contributions that this type of research can make to clinical practice and public health.
  3. Potentially develop an interest in conducting primary care research in his/her later career.
  4. Appreciate the complexities of conducting clinical research in primary care and community settings.
  5. Appreciate the challenges of conducting research in minority populations.

Skills: The student will learn or further develop the following skills:

  1. Basic data entry and analysis
  2. Interviewing techniques for study participants.
  3. Improve his or her ability to critique the medical literature.
  4. Scientific writing.
  5. Oral presentation of findings.