Scholarly Concentration

Office of Medical Education

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The Scholarly Concentration program is a four year voluntary program of study parallel to the medical school curriculum that promotes in-depth learning in a selected area of study. Students who participate in a Scholarly Concentration undertake mentored study in one of the following fields of interest related to medicine: clinical ethics, family medicine, global health, medical education, narrative medicine, nutrition, or service learning. This learning opportunity develops critical thinking, hands-on experience with the methods by which new scholarly information is generated and skills in evaluation of new data.

By the end of this course, the students will:

  • Gain exposure to scholarship within their concentration.
  • Be introduced to scholarly careers in medicine.
  • Work closely with a mentor to formulate a research question or scholarly objective and to develop a plan that addresses the student's research question with appropriate methods.
  • Develop additional skills in critical thinking, self-directed learning, written and oral communication.
  • Be able to present and/or publish their work.

Students customarily perform 4 weeks of applicable work between year 1 and year 2 of medical school and a 4-week topical elective in their 4th year of medical school.

To request acceptance into a Scholarly Concentration program, a student must be in "good standing" following the completion of their first semester of medical school and should receive a letter of approval from the Student Promotion and Conduct Committee by the end of their first year.

Requirements for the Scholarly Concentration vary between coordinators so a student should always contact the faculty member associated with a particular concentration in order to verify the program requirements. More on eligibility requirements.

Scholarly Concentration programs are conducted entirely within the School of Medicine so no additional tuition is charged. All students will sign a Statement of Understanding with their mentor at the outset of the Scholarly Concentration.

Initial inquiries should be directed to the Office of Medical Research at OMR@med.unr.edu, (775) 682-7320.

Below is a listing of our current program offerings.

Concentration Details