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Scholarly Project


Every medical student is required to participate in and present the results of a scholarly project during their training at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


1. Projects include the following:

1.1 Any scholarly driven activity can fulfill the project requirement (e.g., clinical, basic, or translational research; case review with comprehensive literature review; meta-analysis; educational, quality improvement, or community based service learning project), consistent with the chosen pathway goals.

1.1.1 A project plan/ proposal should be submitted to and approved by the pathway advisor/mentor prior to starting.

1.2 The project must meet Glassick’s Criteria for scholarship (i.e., clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, significant results, effective presentation, reflective critique – see attached scoring rubric below).

1.3 The project must take place during training at MCW.

2. Effective presentation of the project includes two required components:

2.1 Submission of a final project paper approved by the student’s pathway advisor/ mentor or a submitted manuscript is acceptable.  While not required, submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal is encouraged.


2.2 Presentation of projects as a poster or podium (selected) presentation must occur at the M-3 Spring Pathway Scholarship Forum or M-2 Medical Student Summer Research Program Poster Session.

2.2.1 Additional dissemination to a local, regional or national audience is encouraged: e.g. professional meeting; however, pathway funding is not available for student travel at this time.

3. Students may participate in collaborative projects with faculty or other students.  However, for credit, the student must qualify for “authorship” of the project, consistent with MCW’s Principles for Authorship on Scientific and Scholarly Publications, demonstrating each of the following:

3.1 Substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;

3.2 Drafting the project report or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and

3.3 Final approval of the project by all students in the group.

Contact Us

Pathways staff are located in the Academic Affairs Office, Suite M3215.

General Inquiries

Pathways Team Lead
Physician Scientist

  Clinical & Translational Research
  Molecular & Cellular Research
Meaghan Hayes, MEd

Global Health,
Health Systems Management & Policy

Urban & Community Health
Hilary Chavez, MS

Clinician Educator,
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

Jen Kraus