Scholarship of Integration is work that synthesizes and gives meaning and perspective to isolated facts. This often takes the form a literature review. A literature review poses an unresolved question and attempts to answer that question by synthesizing evidence in published literature.

For the III Scholarship Requirement, this question can be directed toward any field related to medicine. This includes clinical medicine, public health, or other directions such as the analysis of an issue in biomedical ethics, health policy, medical education, or a historical investigation. If you are interested in another field related to medicine, please discuss this with the Director of Scholarship before writing your proposal to ensure you are on the right track.

There are many types of literature reviews. These include:

  • Narrative Review – Summarizes literature based on a research question.
  • Scoping Review – Summarizes a broad scope of literature in order to describe what has been written about the chosen topic.
  • Systematic Review – Summarizes literature a focused, precise question while also highlighting the quality of the literature often a standardized scoring system (i.e. MERSQI score for medical education research). Requires multiple team members to analyze literature quality. The synthesis of the results is qualitative.
  • Meta-Analysis – Gives a quantitative answer to a focused, precise question by analyzing data from multiple studies deemed of sufficient quality (i.e. MERSQI score). Requires multiple team members to analyze literature quality.

Because dedicated time for this project occurs over the 9-week Summer term, we generally recommend pursuing a Narrative Review. Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses will be considered, however, keep in mind these often require multiple team members to analyze literature quality, which may hinder completing your project on time.

In this section, you will find information on:

  1. III Scholarship of Integration Timeline
  2. How to Find a Project
  3. Choosing a Faculty Mentor
  4. Key Steps in a literature review
  5. How to Create a Research Question
  6. How to write your Project Proposal
  7. How to write your Final Paper
  8. Final Paper Evaluation Rubric



  • Faculty Director: Dr. Shobha Stack
  • Education Specialist: Karla Kelly, MD,