MGRD (MGRD)

MGRD 310. Introduction to Clinical Inquiry (IQ). 3 Units.

This course is designed for pre-allied health students to introduce key overarching medical topics, including bioethics, public health and health disparities, as well as to integrate key MCAT topics from other courses into a clinically applicable context. Further, select human anatomy and physiology topics will be introduced. An important component of this course is the IQ process, which will reinforce scientific inquiry, self-reflection and constructive criticism. This course will have limited enrollment and is by permission only. Offered as MGRD 310 and MGRD 410.

MGRD 311. Introduction to Clinical Inquiry (IQ) II. 3 Units.

This course is the second semester in a 2 semester series designed for pre-professional health students to introduce key overarching medical topics, including bioethics, public health and health disparities, as well as to integrate key MCAT topics from other courses into a clinically applicable context. Further, select human anatomy and physiology topics will be introduced. An important component of this course is the IQ process, which will reinforce scientific inquiry, self-reflection and constructive feedback. Offered as MGRD 311 and MGRD 411.

MGRD 399. Independent Research in Biomedical Science. 1 - 3 Units.

This course is a graded independent research course offered in the School of Medicine at the undergraduate level. Students may use the School of Medicine EnRICH (Enhancing Research and Industry Career Horizons) program to find external research opportunities, may work in the laboratory of a School of Medicine faculty or may identify an appropriate mentored research opportunity independently. Students work with research mentor and course director to create their customized learning objectives. Grades are based on meeting objectives and completing reflections. In lieu of a final exam, students will give a short presentation on their experience and what they learned.

MGRD 401. PREP-aring for Success in a Biomedical PhD Program. 1 Unit.

This course is designed to prepare NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Scholars for the rigors of a biomedical PhD program. This is a two-semester series (with MGRD 402 offered in the spring) that will help PREP Scholars navigate the biomedical PhD program application and admissions process, improve their application credentials, and prepare them for success in top biomedical PhD programs throughout the nation. Students receive scientific research training, instruction and experience in reading the primary literature, develop oral and written communication skills, and participate in professional development activities. Students will prepare a professional scientific abstract, submit it to a national meeting, prepare a scientific poster presentation on their research and present that research poster at a national meeting. Students will be graded on their quality of their work and the overall level of participation in class. This course is for the eight students accepted and enrolled in the PREP program as of July of each year

MGRD 402. PREP-aring for Success in a Biomedical PhD Program. 1 Unit.

This course is designed to prepare NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Scholars for the rigors of a biomedical PhD program. This is a two-semester series (with MGRD 401 offered in the fall) that will help PREP Scholars navigate the biomedical PhD program application and admissions process, improve their application credentials, and prepare them for success in top biomedical PhD programs throughout the nation. Students continue receiving scientific research training, instruction and experience in reading the primary literature, developing oral and written communication skills, and participating in professional development activities. This semester, students will learn the skills necessary for professional interviews. They will also be exposed to grant writing including determining the proper available grant funding mechanisms, developing a testable hypothesis, generating compelling aims, and searching of relevant literature. They will prepare professional presentation of a journal article. They will also prepare and orally present their own research at our Annual PREP Research Day. Students will be graded on their quality of their work and the overall level of participation in class.

MGRD 410. Introduction to Clinical Inquiry (IQ). 3 Units.

This course is designed for pre-allied health students to introduce key overarching medical topics, including bioethics, public health and health disparities, as well as to integrate key MCAT topics from other courses into a clinically applicable context. Further, select human anatomy and physiology topics will be introduced. An important component of this course is the IQ process, which will reinforce scientific inquiry, self-reflection and constructive criticism. This course will have limited enrollment and is by permission only. Offered as MGRD 310 and MGRD 410.

MGRD 411. Introduction to Clinical Inquiry (IQ) II. 3 Units.

This course is the second semester in a 2 semester series designed for pre-professional health students to introduce key overarching medical topics, including bioethics, public health and health disparities, as well as to integrate key MCAT topics from other courses into a clinically applicable context. Further, select human anatomy and physiology topics will be introduced. An important component of this course is the IQ process, which will reinforce scientific inquiry, self-reflection and constructive feedback. Offered as MGRD 311 and MGRD 411.

MGRD 425. Leadership and Professional Development Skills for Biomedical Sciences. 0 Unit.

This course is designed to give graduate students in the biomedical and health sciences an opportunity to reflect on their professional skills and develop skills in the area of leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.

MGRD 525. Independent Study for PREP Scholars. 1 Unit.

Independent Study for PREP Scholars enables the Scholar to undertake study of advanced topics in biomedical research science that are not offered as standing courses at Case Western Reserve University. Generally, the Scholar(s) work closely with their primary research mentor to explore the background research literature and current results of the Scholar's research project. A guided program of study using research reviews, primary research papers, discussions, critiques, and grant-writing sessions will ultimately result in written research proposal that focuses on specific aims or goals of the project and the research strategy including the background, significance, innovation, and experimental approach. This is a one-credit graded course that requires approximately 15h of total contact time for the semester and 3-4 hours of outside work each week. The purpose of this course is to provide knowledge and experience in fellowship grant writing, with a focus on the F31 application. This course is for the students accepted and enrolled in the PREP program.

MGRD 610. Internship in Biomedical Sciences. 1 - 9 Units.

This course is an ungraded (pass/fail) internship. Students are expected to identify a potential internship that will enhance their career in a meaningful way. For example, a student interested in education might choose to work with the Great Lakes Science Center to develop and help deliver content for a medical-themed summer camp. Students interested in getting a job in industry may find a company in their field and intern with them. Research experiences within CWRU or affiliated hospitals MAY be appropriate only if the student wouldn't otherwise get those experiences in their program and it would significantly help their career. Therefore, all internships must be identified and approved by the course director and, if counting as an elective toward their degree, their program director, prior to enrolling. All students must identify an internship mentor at the location of their internship. The course director will check in with their mentor regularly to ensure an appropriate experience for student as well as the hosting institution. Credits depend on the scope of the internship. For each credit you are enrolled in, you will be expected to work at least 50 hours. So, in other words, if you register for 9 credits in one semester, you will be expected to work a total of at least 450 hours, or about 11-12 weeks full time. Thus, the number of credits registered should coincide with the agreed upon scope of the internship. In order to pass this course, students will be expected to keep, and submit weekly, a reflection log. In addition, students will be expected to present on their experiences, including what they did and what they learned, at an end of the semester, and their internship mentor, program director and other students in this course will be invited to attend this public presentation. Students who do not meet the criteria for hours worked, miss more than 2 of the weekly reflections or do not do an end of the semester presentation will receive a failing grade.

MGRD 701. Dissertation Ph.D.. 1 - 9 Units.

Research experience in a selected faculty research laboratory designed for international exchange students doing PhD dissertation research. Prereq: Predoctoral research consent or advanced to Ph.D. candidacy milestone.