Medical School

Office of Student Scholarly Activities

Our Scholarly Pathways allow students to individualize their medical training while working with peers and faculty mentors to pursue an area of common interest in greater depth. Scholarly Pathways are a required component of our curriculum for all First and Second Year students, with an option to continue in the Third Year.

Each of the Pathways features two components:

1) a structured curriculum with a core set of competencies delivered through monthly workshops, or core sessions; and

2) flexible, experiential noncore enrichment activities guided by a faculty advisor and an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) designed to apply core concepts in a variety of settings. 

By the end of the Third Year, all students complete and present a scholarly project.

Scholarly Pathways

Explore each of MCW's Scholarly Pathways.

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Summer Academic Programs for Medical Students (SAMS)

Explore careers in cutting edge biomedical research and academic medicine and add prestige to your medical school CV.

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Scholarly Project Resources and Project Ideas

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

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  • MD/MPH Dual Degree

    Our MD/MPH dual degree program provides you with a much greater understanding of health issues and better tools in preventing human disease.

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  • MD/MS Dual Degree

    The MD/MS in Clinical and Translational Science Program is designed for students who wish to pursue a medical career with a research focus.

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  • Honors

    The Medical College of Wisconsin offers opportunities for students to graduate with an Honors distinction in specific areas, consistent with components of the MCW institutional mission.

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  • Community Engagement

    Review information about community engaged learning.

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Resources and Quick Links

Faculty Resources

Faculty Pathway Project Proposal Form
This form is for a faculty member to propose a scholarly project for one or more medical students in an MCW Pathway.

Handbook for Faculty (PDF)
This handbook is intended to provide faculty serving as Advisors and Project Mentors with information needed to support student achievement in the Scholarly Pathways.

Pathway Advisor Expectations (PDF)
You have been asked to serve as a Pathway Advisor. This letter is to offer some guidance on what the role entails.

Teaching Toolbox
The toolbox was designed by the Faculty Development Workgroup. It contains downloadable documents, tutorial videos, and helpful websites to make time in the classroom more effective and efficient. The toolbox introduces basics, then advances to best practices. As we grow and learn together, more content will be added to support your goals.

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Questions? We're here to help

General Inquiries

Meaghan Hayes, MEd
(414) 955-2812

Pathways Team Lead
Clinical & Translational Research Coordinator

Sarah Leineweber
(414) 955-2811

Coordinator for:
Global Health
Urban & Community Health
Molecular & Cellular Research
Health Systems Management & Policy

Jen Kraus
(414) 955-2286

Coordinator for:
Clinician Educator
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety