Medical Undergraduate Research Forum: Promoting Scholarship Development in Medical Students through Experiential Learning

Title Medical Undergraduate Research Forum: Promoting Scholarship Development in Medical Students through Experiential Learning
Faculty/College/Unit Medicine
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Project Summary

Development of innovation, creativity, and critical thought in medical students is instrumental to their growth as scholars, lifelong learners, and leaders in the healthcare community. UBC Faculty of Medicine (FoM) recognizes the value of this by emphasizing self-directed scholarly activities in their renewed medical curriculum. The Medical Undergraduate Research Forum (MURF) aims to build on these foundational changes and further the development of essential scholarly aptitudes through complementary experiential learning opportunities including oral and poster presentations, networking sessions, and facilitation of critical peer feedback. Preceding and during MURF, we will deliver workshops that teach conference preparation and presentation skills and interactive online modules to help with content delivery. Given that UBC medical students train across distributed sites all across Canada, we plan to mitigate geographical barriers to participation by integrating online technologies for “virtual poster sessions”. Through these initiatives, MURF will substantially complement and enhance the new medical undergraduate curriculum.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Dawn Cooper
Year 1: Funded Amount 6,880
Year 1: Team Members

Paulina Piesik, BSc, UBC MD-PhD Program (Class of 2018)
Kendric Wang, BComp, MSc, UBC Medical Undergraduate Program (Class of 2018)
Linda Herbert, MSc, FoM Student Research Coordinator, Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office
Ruth Elwood Martin, MD, FCFP, MPH, School of Population and Public Health
Richard Lazenby, PhD, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology / Co-Director, MEDD 419 (FLEX), UBC MDUP CR