Elective & Sub Internship Program
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Department: MEPED-Pediatrics
Course: 558-Nutrition Clinical Research Experience

Course Coordinator:
Course Faculty:
Elective Location:
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Pediatric Core
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8-5 Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: 0 Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Sat. 8-12 Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The educational goals for this elective are to provide an experience for medical students in understanding the purposes, study design, analytical methods, interpretation and presentation of clinical research in nutrition. Upon completing the elective students should be able to understand the fundamental issues in human nutrition research. These might include: -Human use issues in clinical nutrition research -Study design (e.g. cross-over vs. longitudinal) Actual study methods: This will be specific to the investigator, but might include learning: -operate and use the body composition laboratory -stable isotope kinetics -dietary planning -indirect calorimetry Data analysis: Again this would be specific to the research program. As a clinical experience the elective will not focus on lab work, but hte student should understand the basic principles behind the analytical method being used. For example, students will not be trainded to operate a mass spectrometer, but should learn how to interpret tracer data if it is involved in their research groups project. Data interpretation: Basic nutritional multi-compartmental data modeling as well as statistical interpretation of the data may be part of the learning experience. Presentation is important that the student understand how nutritional research data are presented to the scientific community and the community at large. Depending on the project, this ay involve participation in a scientific meeting or discussions with the mentor's research group about this topic.
Learning Activities
The specific learning activities and readings will depend on the actual project. It is expected that each mentor would provide at least 5-10 articles and 3-5 lectures/discussions directly with the student. Most recent research will be at usual working hours, although it is typical for some studies to be performed on Saturday mornings so children do not miss school.
Evaluation Methods
Mentor will perform evaluations during individual meetings. It is expected that each student would complete some form of gradable report for the elective. This could be either in the form of a written paper on the topic being studied, or, an oral presentation. A rough draft of this should be reviewed by the mentor at the midway point of the rotation and a final presentation and evaluation session scheduled at the end of the rotation. As is appropriate for the clinical students, the usual H/HP/P/MP/F method of grading will be used.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Steven Abrams, M.D.
Contact Phone: 713-798-7124
Contact Fax: 713-798-7119
Contact Location:
Email: sabrams@bcm.tmc.edu
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