College of Medicine

College of Medicine

Medical Student Research Thesis Program

Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, PhD
CDU/UCLA Medical Student Research Thesis
Work: 323-357-3464
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A distinguishing component of the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program is the required medical research thesis. The thesis requirement Charles Drew University among a few select medical programs nationally providing research training as a requirement in the medical education curriculum. The Medical Student Research Thesis Program assists student in the third and fourth years in developing and completing an independent research project. While the overall theme of the MSRTP is healthcare disparities, students have wide latitude to choose research projects including biobehavioral/psychosocial, health services research and public policy with application to underserved communities. Fourth-year students present their research findings at the annual medical student research colloquium held each spring

Program Description
The CDU UCLA Medical Education Program is committed to train excellent physicians by means of providing excellent clinical, research, and practical training for individuals interested in serving urban, medically disadvantaged populations.  Students enrolled in the College are required to engage in a longitudinal research activity called “Medical Student Research Thesis Program” (MSRTP) at CDU which culminate in submission of a thesis.

Overall Goal
The overall goal of the MSRTP is to engage medical students in systematic acquisition, organization, analysis, and interpretation of information to develop new knowledge, attitude, and skills essential for becoming excellent physicians, providing excellent medical care, and becoming leaders in their fields.

Potential Areas of Research
In accordance with bench-to-bedside approach to translational research, students have wide options to choose a mentored research project in various areas such as basic, clinical, biobehavioral/psychosocial, environmental, quality Improvement, public policy, and/or educational research.