Teaching medical students research while reaching the underserved

Fam Med. 2005 May;37(5):315-7.


Objectives: This study's objective was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a 9-week summer training program for teaching medical students research, while performing community-based participatory research in an underserved area.

Description: Interactive didactic sessions familiarized students with research methods. Concurrently, they designed and completed a participatory project with a community mentor.

Evaluation: Questionnaires were used to assess students' experience with the program, their project, and their mentors. Pretests and posttests assessed students self-perceived understanding of research principles.

Conclusions: Evaluation indicated that the program increased understanding of the research process and acquainted students with caring for patients in medically underserved communities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical / methods*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Health Services Research*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research / education*
  • Students, Medical*
  • United States