The purpose of the elective is to introduce the student to the scientific atmosphere of the surgical sciences.
There are many different projects available, and each has its specific requirements. However, all of the projects involve the surgical preparation of the research model, the measurement of the experimental variables and the assessment of the data.
The student has the opportunity to acquire an understanding of experimental design and the methods for evaluation of the experimental data.
All requests for this elective must be presented to the course instructor with a letter of support from the sponsoring member of the faculty and a description of the research project. A student requesting a research experience must file all pertinent information with the Department of Surgery's coordinator prior to registering for the course.
Prior to registering for a research elective, students will need to meet with Dr. Milling regarding project and work with the department to find a faculty mentor. Students should discuss project ideas with their mentor and provide a short description of the research they would like to conduct during the elective. Students will then take this description to the department chair and/or course director for approval. After obtaining approval, students will complete a drop/add form, working with the appropriate department/course coordinators and send the completed form to the registrar in order to register for the research elective.
Contact coordinator with arranged preceptor, location, and goals.