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Family Medicine & Community Health Elective Course Description

Course Name: Scientific Writing Elective
Course Number: FC-436
Elective Type:
Coordinator(s): Judy Savageau, MPH  or 508-856-6335
Department: Family Medicine & Community Health
Sites Available: Predominantly University campus, but other options available**
Months Offered: Varies, depending on availability/schedules**
Number of Students / Month: 2
Prerequisites: Open to all 4th and 5th year UMass students.
Limited to no more than two students (per mentor per month)
Enrollment Process: Approval from coordinator required; email approval to to schedule
Elective Description: For many students who are interested in research, not all have the opportunity to devote 2-3 months to a full Senior Scholars project.  As a means to provide an enriching scholarly experience that can serve not only as an introduction to the universe of ‘research’, but as a tool for growth in an ‘outcomes’ and ‘evidence-based’ health care environment, this one-month elective will serve as an opportunity to foster independent information acquisition skills and scientific writing skills working closely with an experienced scientist, clinician or researcher in a collaborative environment.

Students will be expected to produce a one-page project outline (in a standard medical journal Abstract format), plus a comprehensive literature review on a proposed subject.  A completed paper including references (plus tables and figures, if relevant) is required.  The student may choose to review a subject or topic of interest, conduct a literature review for a proposed research project or paper, or write up the work conducted as part of a completed research project.  The mentor will work with the student to prepare the paper for submission to a medical journal if deemed feasible within the elective time-frame and student interest.
Note: **Note: The elective is open to all 4th and 5th year UMASS students, but is limited to no more than 2 students per mentor in any given month.  The sites and months of availability will vary depending on student interest in working with a particular mentor, though the course director is available as a mentor all months except December.

Location: Varies, depending on availability/schedules