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

TitleMedical Undergraduate Research Forum: Promoting Scholarship Development in Medical Students through Experiential Learning
Faculty/College/UnitMedicine
StatusActive
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2016
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 YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2016/2017
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorDawn Cooper
Year 1: Funded Amount6,880
Year 1: Team Members

Dawn Cooper, Instructor / Co-director of FOS/FLEX course (MEDD 419), Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Paulina Piesik, UBC MD-PhD Program (Class of 2018)
Kendric Wang, UBC Medical Undergraduate Program (Class of 2018)
Linda Herbert, Student Research Coordinator, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Medicine
Ruth Elwood Martin, School of Population and Public Health
Richard Lazenby, Professor / Acting Chair, Anthropology / Co-Director, MEDD 419 (FLEX), UBC MDUP CR