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The Capstone is a required program for our OUWB medical students that provide faculty-mentored scholarly projects that span the four years of undergraduate medical education. The projects are selected in the student’s and their mentor’s area of research interest. Capstone represents an important component of the OUWB curriculum that encourages students to develop skills in initiating scholarly work, identifying appropriate resources, developing and evaluating protocols, collecting outcomes data, analyzing results, and disseminating their findings to the appropriate audience. Capstone coursework incorporates instruction in research methods providing an introduction to research design and supporting the student’s development and implementation of their scholarly project.
Medical students will be encouraged to look for projects that impact the health care of individuals in all sectors of the community. Capstone projects may involve – but are not limited to - the following examples:
- Develop an independent hypothesis-driven project, or contribute in a meaningful way to an ongoing clinical or laboratory research project;
- Design, implement and assess new community or school-based health initiatives that are designed to promote healthy behaviors;
- Be involved in the assessment of novel health policy initiatives;
- Develop and assess the effectiveness of new instructional methods or curricula for medical students, physicians, other health care professionals, and patients; or
- Implement, and assess the effectiveness of global health-care initiatives internationally or locally with immigrant populations.
The Capstone Program begins with mentor and project selection embedded in the research methods instructional course during the M1 year. Subsequent progression through each phase of the student’s project is supported by Capstone coursework throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum. Protected time for students to work on their Capstone projects is also embedded throughout their four years at OUWB. The M4 Capstone course will culminate with a written summary of the project and a formal presentation at a Capstone Project Forum to which the entire medical school student body, faculty, University and Hospital Communities will be invited.
The School of Medicine anticipates awarding partial fourth year scholarships for outstanding achievement in several project scholarly concentration areas. The Capstone Program will also encourage students to publish their findings, along with providing travel funds when appropriate for students to present their completed work at regional and national meetings under the guidance of their mentors.
An important goal of the Capstone Program is to provide an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate the potential to promote health via scholarly activity in a wide range of health-related settings.