Scholarly Concentrations Program

Scholarly Concentrations Program

For Students


If you are interested in applying to the Scholarly Concentrations Program, please apply here.

Students are encouraged to decide on a given concentration by the end of September in their first year. Three mechanisms are utilized for recruiting students: a faculty led introduction/orientation showcasing all concentrations, a 2-month open invitation for “group shopping opportunities” and a student-centered Round Robin event. Following these events, students submit their applications to the SCP and to the concentration of their choice. Applications to the concentrations are reviewed by the concentration leaders, representing both basic science and clinical disciplines.

Students who are accepted in the SCP are asked to sign a Student Commitment Form. Students may apply for only one Scholarly Concentration. As such, students may transfer to another concentration within their MSI year with permission of the current and receiving faculty leaders and the director of the SCP. The student is required to complete a Change of Status Form and must provide a detailed explanation for why they have decided to change concentrations.

Program Requirements

The SCP has both ‘participation’ and ‘capstone project’ requirements. Graduation with a SCP designation is at the discretion of the Faculty Leader, Mentor and the SCP Director and Associate Director.

Each student who joins the SCP is expected to complete a minimum of 180 contact/activity hours toward fulfillment of the participation requirement over the 4-year scholarly experience. Portions of this requirement may include curricular components in Years 1 and 2, opportunities for scholarly work during the summer between Years 1 and 2 and participation in SC-focused electives in Years 3 and 4.

Capstone Project:
The capstone (also referred to as the final project) requirement is a scholarly project that SCP students must complete and submit by February 1st of their fourth year. Students must gain approval for their capstone project from both their faculty mentors and from the director of the SCP. This capstone project must demonstrate scholarship. It may be original research, a paper, a presentation, or a service project and it should demonstrate the student’s growth through analytic, leadership, or creative processes.

Students work on their capstone projects throughout the 4 years of medical school. Specific opportunities for capstone work include the summer between Years 1 and 2 as well as designated elective times in Years 3 and 4. Capstone projects have included creating systems for better treatment of the underserved, developing learning modules for students in the MCOM pre-matriculation program, and improving systems to ensure patient safety. To date, students have published their SCP capstone projects in a variety of peer reviewed scientific journals and have presented their abstracts at national and local meetings.

Here are examples of Capstone Projects completed in past years.

Portfolio of Experiences:
The student is required to keep a complete record of all of their concentration experiences (educational and/or creative experiences) as well as activity hours for the concentration. The ePortfolio system is ideal for recording all student activities. At minimum, the student should update their records quarterly. Sufficient and accurate documentation of achievements for the required concentration experiences is necessary for recognition at graduation.