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The overall goal of this elective is to teach medical students the essentials of patient-oriented research. Students will be introduced to the various components of patient-oriented research, such as the Institutional Review Board, biostatistics, bioethics, contracting, regulatory, etc. Students will also be introduced to the various services offered through the Indiana CTSI to assist with patient-oriented research, such as recruitment, the Clinical Research Center, the Project Development Team, etc.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Laurie Trevino (lhackwar@iu.edu)

Director: Erika Cheng, MPA, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform research on patients (P3)
  • 2) Assist in career planning to include clinical research (PBLI1)
  • 3) Describe how guidelines for management and treatment develop from information derived from patient research (MK5)
  • 4) Describe the ethics and the State and National regulations for undertaking clinical research (P3)
  • 5) Utilize the resources of the CTSI available for clinical and translational research (PBLI1)
  • 6) Critically review and use the scientific literature (PBLI1)
  • 7) Critique a clinical research proposal (PBLI1)
  • 8) Describe and apply basic statistical tests (MK5)
  • 9) Set up and manage a computerized database (PBLI1)
  • 10) Describe dietary variables for clinical research (PBLI1)
  • 11) Use basic laboratory methods and quality control criteria (PC5)
  • 12) Participate in the execution of a clinical research protocol (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Discussion with Dr. Cheng)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 25

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 10% Lecture; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science Research

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Laurie Trevino (lhackwar@iu.edu) Please contact Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) before scheduling to determine availability and contact faculty a minimum of 4 weeks prior to start of elective. COURSE MAY BE DROPPED/ADDED WITHIN TWO WEEKS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE ELECTIVE MONTH.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None