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The purpose of the Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) Scholarship Requirement is to engage students in activities that will foster the skills of life-long learning essential for practicing physicians.

By participating in the III, you will

  • Develop the skills to acquire and critically evaluate new information
  • Focus on a health-related issue in depth, thereby giving additional context to your training and career as a physician
  • Learn through faculty mentorship
  • Communicate and disseminate the results of your scholarly work

Scholarship comes in many forms. For some, it is hypothesis-driven through research in fields such as basic science, clinical research, or health services. For others, it is work that synthesizes and gives meaning to a body of prior knowledge, resulting in a literature review. And for others, it is work to promote the uptake of interventions that have proven effective into routine practice, with the aim of improving population health.

The UW School of Medicine offers the unique opportunity for students to choose both the content and form of their scholarship and to pursue an interest that may not be found elsewhere in the curriculum. Students will select a project of interest and execute their scholarly work under the guidance of a Faculty Mentor over the Summer term between years one and two of medical school.

There are four programs you can choose from to fulfill the III requirement. Each offers a different type of scholarly experience and each has its own application process, requirements, and deadlines. For more information on each III program, see below and their corresponding websites.

 

 

1. Scholarship of Discovery

Scholarship of Discovery is empirical research in which new discoveries are made through original investigation. Specifically, a hypothesis is made, and a study attempts to validate the hypothesis through observation. The study may take the form of a basic laboratory study, a survey, a secondary analysis of an existing data set, a chart review, a qualitative study, or a prospective clinical trial. For the III Scholarship Requirement, empirical research may be directed toward a question in any field related to medicine. Projects are typically in the following categories: Laboratory-based Research, Clinical Research, Health Services Research, or Quality Improvement. The project can be initiated by the student or by a Faculty Mentor, as long as the student has an independent role and makes an intellectual contribution to the project. Students selecting this program can expect to learn the steps and rationale in trying to resolve an empirical question through data collection and analysis. Their project will culminate in a poster presentation at the Fall 2019 Medical Student III Poster Session held at their Foundations Site. More information about the Scholarship of Discovery option can be found here.

Contact

  • Primary contact: Education Specialist: Karla Kelly, MD, somcurr@uw.edu
  • Faculty Director: Dr. Shobha Stack

 

2. Scholarship of Integration

A systematic review of the literature poses an unresolved scientific question relevant to the practice of clinical medicine and attempts to answer that question using evidence published in medical literature. Particular attention is paid to the methods of the studies reviewed in addition to the results. Alternatively, students can use published literature and other sources to analyze an issue in medicine or to perform an historical investigation.

Students choosing Scholarship of Integration learn to effectively search medical databases. They learn how the population and methods employed in a study affect the interpretation of study results. In addition, they learn how to synthesize information from a variety of sources in the form of an evidence table to draw a reasonable conclusion.

Examples of prior medical student literature reviews include:

  • The Efficacy of Yoga Interventions in Reducing Salivary Cortisol in Adults: A Literature Review
  • Communication in the Interpreted Medical Encounter, with a Focus on Rapport Development: A Review of Study Design
  • Malaria Vaccine Efficacy

This III program culminates in a Final Paper due at the end of the Summer term. More information about the Scholarship of Integration option can be found here.

Contact

  • Primary contact: Education Specialist: Karla Kelly, MD, somcurr@uw.edu
  • Faculty Director: Dr. Shobha Stack

 

3. Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP)

An experience-driven investigation of an issue will be developed by the student while participating in the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP).  During their four-week rotation, students live in rural or urban underserved communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. They work side-by-side with local physicians providing health care to underserved populations. Students will closely observe health care in a community setting, then develop a project based on those observations. The project can take several forms, including a community needs assessment, a plan for a community health intervention, or evaluation of a service delivery project.

Contact

  • Primary contact: Education Specialist: Brenda Martinez, bnmb107@uw.edu or Sara Lee, slee9765@uw.edu
  • Faculty Director: Toby Keys, keyst@uw.edu

 

4. Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP)

An experience-driven investigation of an issue will be developed by the student while participating in the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP). This III program is for students with a strong interest in global health and underserved communities and is particularly suited to students on the Global Health Pathway. Students spend 8 weeks at a UW-affiliated partner site in a developing country, and are supported by local site faculty and by the GHIP Faculty Director, who is based in Seattle. GHIP students work with local partners to understand social determinants of health, conduct a community needs assessment, and devise and implement a project to improve the health of local communities.

Contact

  • Primary contact: Administrator: Daren Wade, dwade@uw.edu
  • Faculty Director: Dr. Susan Graham, grahamsm@uw.edu

 

E-18 III Information Sessions

  • Click here to watch the Seattle E-18 III Information Session video
  • Click here to read the Power Point from the E-18 III Information Session

General III Contact Information

  • For general questions about the III Scholarship Requirement, contact Karla Kelly, MD, III Education Specialist at somcurr@uw.edu