In keeping with the scientist-practitioner training model, interns participate actively in research projects during the course of their year. The goal of the research component of the internship is to develop the intern’s capacity to interpret, critique, and conduct research. Interns become active participants in existing research groups or projects, with a time commitment of approximately one half day per week. The intern’s project will be conducted under the guidance of one of the internship supervisors, most likely a supervisor in the intern’s major track. Supervisors integrate interns into research meetings early in the internship and present ongoing projects as well as new ideas. Interns may elect to participate in a research project outside their major if agreed upon by the intern and a supervisor. Alternatively, interns may generate their own project idea along with a supervisor. Satisfactory completion of the research project requirement will be demonstrated by the end of the training year by: (1) Presentation by the intern of the research project/ results in case conference, Grand Rounds, Internship Training Committee meeting, or other meeting, and (2) a written product (e.g., conference submission, manuscript submission, summary of project), and (3) documentation by the research supervisor that the research plan was satisfactorily fulfilled.
Other research activities incorporated within the internship include the Outcomes Research seminar, led by Dr. Haut, and the many track-specific case conferences that integrate clinical research with practice (See Didactics). Interns are also encouraged to attend the Department’s Scholarship Retreat, held off-site for a weekend every August.