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Integrating the Principles and Practice of Scholarly Activity Into Undergraduate Medical Education: A Narrative Review and Proposed Model for Implementation

Christopher N. Matthews, OMS III, MBA; Danielle C. Estrada, OMS IV, MS; Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD; and Kerin M. Claeson, PhD
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Received: June 27, 2019

Accepted: July 15, 2019

Published: September 1, 2019

J Osteopath Med; 119(9): 598-611

The osteopathic undergraduate medical education standards have evolved over the past 2 decades to require undergraduate medical student participation in research and scholarly activity. The authors’ objective was to review those evolving standards and develop a model for introducing the principles and practice of research that combines core content with experiential learning. They identified fundamental topics pertinent to the research process and herein provide their recommendations for incorporating these topics into the curriculum as self study, online modules, and team based and active learning exercises. The authors’ proposed educational model would provide an avenue for osteopathic medical schools to meet the requirements for scholarly activity. Increasing students’ and residents’ knowledge of the research process will lay the foundation for their engagement is research and scholarly activity and their practice of evidence-based medicine.

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