|Elective Description: The Senior Scholars Program was established in 1991. Since that time, numerous fourth year medical students have participated in this unique educational opportunity designed to:
- Assist in career development;
- Offer a basis for critical interpretation of published literature;
- Provide an opportunity performing high quality clinical, epidemiologic or basic science research; and
- Give students a firsthand view of scientific principles and their application in medicine.
Both clinical and basic science faculty from all UMMS departments have embraced the program supporting students, designing projects and serving as mentors. As a result, the diversity of project opportunities is vast, ranging from molecular and cellular biology to international health initiatives and medical school advocacy.
The Senior Scholars Program has grown steadily over the years with a full 20% - 25% of the senior class participating. Beyond an opportunity to conduct high-level research under the guidance of a faculty member, students meet as a group two times during the year to openly discuss their work with other students and members of the Senior Scholars Committee. In addition, each student prepares a poster for Sr. Scholars Day, a campus wide event that is attended by faculty, students, and community supporters. Many students have also presented their work at regional, national and international meetings, won national education awards and published in peer-reviewed journals.