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Med Educ Online. 2011;16. doi: 10.3402/meo.v16i0.8443. Epub 2011 Dec 5.

Process of discovery: a fourth-year translational science course.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, USA.



The Liaison Committee on Medical Education notes the importance of educating medical students on clinical and translational research principles.


To describe a fourth-year course, "Process of discovery," which addresses teaching these principles, and to discuss students' perceptions of the course.


Core components and pedagogical methods of this course are presented. Course assessment was performed with specific pre- and post-course assessments.


During academic years 2004 to 2009, 562 students were enrolled, with assessment response rate of 94% pre-course and 85% post-course. The students' self-assessment of their current understanding of clinical and translation research significantly increased, as well as their understanding of how clinical advances will take place over the next decade.


A fourth-year course teaching clinical and translational research is successful, is seen as a positive experience and can meet the requirements for including clinical and translational research in the medical school curriculum.


basic science course; clinical and translational research; fourth year course; medical school curriculum; medical students; translational science course

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