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Orientation 1, Class of 2016 Discovery Director: Maureen Powers, Ph.D. Discovery Course Coordinator: Sherice Henry, M.S.

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1 Orientation 1, Class of 2016 Discovery Director: Maureen Powers, Ph.D. Discovery Course Coordinator: Sherice Henry, M.S.

2 * Overview and Goals of Discovery * Types of Discovery projects * Mentor Criteria * Brief overview of Timeline (more detail next time) Orientation 1: How to identify and work with a mentor Dr. Valerie Biousse, Ophthalmology * Discovery Panel Discussion, students and residents

3 Orientation 2: * Specifics of Timeline, expectations and deliverables * How to write a Research Proposal * How to define a Hypothesis

4 For additional information: Discovery main web page: Discovery student web page: To email: use “Contact Us” button at the top of either page.

5 Who needs to participate in Discovery? * MD/PhD students do NOT do Discovery * MD/MPH students do NOT do Discovery * MD/MSCR students need to plan to do Discovery Acceptance to the MSCR program is not decided until after Discovery deadlines. * Students who wish to do a 1 year fellowship or year of research ARE considered to do “Extended Discovery”

6 So what exactly is Discovery? Discovery is 5 months of hypothesis-driven research or scholarly activity. Discovery is most often biomedical research. This can be basic, translational or clinical research. Discovery is carried out under the direction of a mentor. Discovery can encompass alternative types of research. Students can undertake Projects in Creative Writing, Business, Law, Public Policy, Medical History, etc. But projects MUST: * have relevance to medicine. * involve a scholarly undertaking and have scholarly outcome. If you have an idea for an alternative project, contact Dr. Powers to discuss.

7 Goals of Discovery Design and carry out a focused, hypothesis-driven study. Analyze data. Work closely with a faculty mentor. Your mentor is key to your success. Report your findings in the form of a scientific/medical manuscript or appropriate Scholarly work. Present your work at Medical Student Research Day. Gain an understanding of medical research and investigation.

8 Discovery Scheduling Discovery follows the Applications phase, starting in March 2015. Discovery must be completed by December 31 st, 2015. Final papers will be due January 14, 2016. Medical Student Research Day will be held April 21, 2016. Discovery can be scheduled as 5 month continuous block of time OR as 4 months followed by a final month at a later time to complete analysis. Discovery can start in March, April, May, June or July of 2015. August only With permission of the Director.

9 Discovery Scheduling (continued) Discovery mentors should be chosen by December 16, 2014. Depending on the start date, Research Proposals will be due mid-January to March.

10 Pilot program with GaTech Biomedical Engineering This will pair an Emory mentor with an idea for a useful new device with a Discovery student and a team of GaTech BME senior undergrads who will develop a prototype. The Discovery student will continue on with testing of the prototype in clinical or laboratory applications. The Discovery student would most likely need to start in March or April to Interface with the BME students in their Capstone course. Will probably pilot this with 3 or 4 Discovery students.

11 Here at Emory with a qualified Emory Mentor. At another US SOM or agency. This Away Mentor must still meet the requirments For mentors. A local Emory mentor will also be needed. Discovery can be carried out: At an international site on a project directed by an Emory faculty member. At an international site with an international mentor. This can get complex so Plan ahead/talk to Dr. Powers. A local Emory mentor will be needed.

12 Discovery is given a letter grade. Discovery is a 5 month course and consequently counts for 5 X a 1 month rotation in calculating your GPA. Discovery Grading Meeting deadlines is important and will count into your grade. The final paper deadline is FIRM! No extension for this deadline (January 14, 2016).

13 Final Paper 50%. Mentor’s Evaluation 15%. Discovery Grading breakdown SoCRATES exam and participation 10%. 2 page Research Proposal 10%. Timliness/meeting deadlines 15%.

14 Faculty member (Emory or other institution). At least 5 peer-reviewed publications. Discovery Mentor Qualifications Status as PI on some form of peer-reviewed funding WITHIN PAST 3 YEARS. (2012-2014). Funding can be from a private foundation, federal agency (NIH, NSF, CDC), Pharmaceutical company, internal Emory peer-reviewed grant. Mentor’s contract.

15 IRB and CITI requirments. Funding possibilities. Other Pre-Discovery course on OASIS. Personal student panel on OASIS – fill in information once you are matched with a project and mentor and over time as relevant.

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