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2024-2025 Electives



This elective is intended to promote research and evidence-based medicine education to medical students. The program provides on-line didactics, assigned readings and tests to insure that the students gain an understanding of basic clinical research principles, research ethics, and evidence-based medicine. The course director will pair the student with one or more faculty mentors, and the student will assist the mentor with an ongoing research project in emergency care. All students must complete human subjects training (CITI). Work on individual projects can be diverse, and may range from data collection, data entry, and telephone calls, to real time screening for patients in ongoing clinical research. In addition, students are asked to attend the scheduled biweekly departmental clinical research meeting, and may have other lecture and reading requirements. Students may be asked by their faculty mentor to cover a designated number of 6-hour shifts in the emergency departments of Methodist and Eskenazi hospitals to identify patients eligible for ongoing studies. An opportunity also exists to work in translational laboratory setting. In most cases, students will be paired one on one or in small groups with a faculty mentor. This represents a unique opportunity to allow medical students to directly participate in the performance of clinical research, while also providing them with an education on basic research methodology and research ethics. Occasionally, as a result of their work on elective, students have been named as authors on abstracts or manuscripts.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jim Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu)

Director: Lauren Stewart, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Open Enrollment (during initial electives scheduling only)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Differentiate and compare basic concepts and methodologies of clinical research studies (PBLI1, MK5)
  • 2) Define and demonstrate proper clinical research ethics (P3)
  • 3) Describe and explain the basic principles of evidence based medicine (MK6)
  • 4) Participate in clinical research and will be evaluated on their participation and application of the prior above objectives (PBLI1, MK5)


Research Evaluation Form; (Observation; exam, mentor-mentee meetings, group meeting attendance and participation)



Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 30

Time Distribution: 80% Research; 20% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science Research

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE PARTICIPATES IN OPEN ENROLLMENT This elective may only be taken once. If additional research time is required, students must apply for a Special Elective (http://msa.medicine.iu.edu/studentrecords/elective/electiveforms/). The coordinator is Jim Graber (jamgrabe@iu.edu).

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None