The Research Distinction Track (RDT) is designed to ensure that the next generation of physicians is able to critically evaluate their own approach to medicine and constantly update their practice through integration of the latest scientific evidence. This program prepares, enhances, and supports students in the pursuit of clinical, basic science, and translational research to characterize the mechanisms of disease, the factors influencing health, and the therapies used to improve health.
Students must complete all requirements prior to graduation. Acknowledgement of track participation is contained in the MSPE letter and noted on the student’s transcript, contingent upon demonstration of acceptable progress towards program requirements (see timeline of progress in detailed requirements below). The MSPE letter concerning student’s track participation will contain a description of completed, current, and expected outcomes. The student’s mentor will submit comments for inclusion. Successful completion of the track requirements will be noted on the student’s transcript and will be recognized during the senior awards and graduation programs. Final approval by the Research Distinction Track Evaluation Committee is required for graduation with distinction.