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Block III Elective Guidelines and Forms

Block III CHM students are eligible to take up to two four-week research electives during their third and fourth years. Only one elective month is allowed during third year. These are full-time clerkships, with a 40 hour per week commitment (160 hours). The research elective provides students with an opportunity for intense hands-on, research experience during which they can learn about conducting research through involvement in either an established or student-initiated research project. If you are interested in taking a research elective, please contact your community campus administrator and research director.

If you do not have a research mentor yet, please fill out the CHM Research Matching Request format least sixty (60) days prior to the start of the elective. The matching form is step 2 on this page: CHM Research Matching Request Form

If you already have a research mentor and project,please read the instructions and complete the forms below.

Please note: All students planning to conduct research atMercy Health Saint Mary's (MHSM)in Grand Rapids must inform the MHSM Clinical Research Coordinatoras early as possible. Please contact Mark Trottier for contact information.

Applying for a ResearchElective
The Block III Research Elective requires the filling out of anApplication Form (see link below), and the submission of aResearch Proposal and Plan(see instructions and sample below). These items are due thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of the elective. The Application Form are fillable pdf forms. Please turn in hard copies of the forms (with signatures) and a copy of the research proposal and plan to the Community Research Director or the Community Administrator. Poorly written Research Proposals will not be approved. Please contact the Community Administrator for questions.

Legacy curriculum students in need of responsible conduct of research (RCR) training should complete the "MSU Graduate School RCR Program" modules in the CITI program. Go here: CITI website (see "CITI login" button) and for instructions. A video tutorial on accessing these modules.

Completion of the ResearchElective
Completion of the Research Elective requires submission of anEvaluation Form (see link below) and aFinal Research Summary(see instructions and sample below). The Evaluation Form is a fillable pdf form. Please turn in hard copies of the form (with signatures) and a copy of the final research summary to the Community Research Director or the Community Administrator. The Final Research Summary can include the original Research Proposal and Plan, with appropriate modifications, along with a results and discussion section and/or summary of research activities performed by the student. The Final Research Summary will be critically evaluated, and may require revisions before a passing grade will be assigned. Posters, abstracts, and other research deliverables may also be submitted along with the Summary, but are NOT satisfactory without the Summary.

Research Elective Video Tutorial

Research Elective Forms, Instructions and Samples

  1. Application for Research Elective Instructions
  2. Research Elective Application Form
  3. Sample Proposal and Plan
  4. Research Elective Evaluation Form
  5. Sample Research Elective Summary