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Elective Title: 93ZI700 — M.D./Ph.D. THESIS ELECTIVE


This elective is for those M.D./Ph.D. students who need extra time (1-3 months) prior to beginning or during third year clinical rotations to complete research/thesis writing work for their Ph.D. Up to three months of elective may be taken (approximately mid-April through mid-September) as delineated by the third year clerkship schedule (2 weeks in April and 4 weeks in May). The research advisor will serve as the Course Director and will be responsible for monitoring the student's progress and assigning a grade for each elective unit/month.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Brittney-Shae Herbert (brherber@iu.edu)

Director: Brittney-Shae Herbert, Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - all campuses

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Prepare a more comprehensive and readable thesis document (PBLI1)

  • 2) Develop more thorough experimental protocols for use by members of a research laboratory (PBLI1)
  • 3) Respond to reviews of written documents (protocols, manuscripts) in a succinct, timely manner (P2)


  • Research Evaluation Form; (Student will have successfully submitted thesis to IU Graduate School and have submitted manuscripts for review, resubmitted revised manuscripts and/or corrected manuscript proofs and generated a plan, in collaboration with thesis advisor for final publications).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd year status; combined degree student; Ph.D. research work completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Research

Elective Type Category: AS - Advanced Science Research

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person:Brittney-Shae Herbert (brherber@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. For enrollment information, contact Nancy Mitchell at nanmitch@iu.edu

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None