The UTHealth Scholarly Concentrations Program is designed to enrich the student experience through learning and scholarly activities specific to an interdisciplinary health-related topic.
The program goals for the Scholarly Concentrations are to:
- Complement and enhance the required curriculum
- Provide role models, mentorship, and guidance for students’ academic and personal development
- Increase interdisciplinary interactions
- Provide a longitudinal educational experience through structured and experiential learning activities
- Support student scholarship
The educational goals of the Scholarly Concentrations are for students to:
- Acquire expertise in an interdisciplinary, health-related area
- Develop critical thinking and analytical skills
- Improve oral and written communication skills
- Enhance self-directed learning skills
- Produce a scholarly product
Students participating in a Scholarly Concentration will engage in an independent, scholarly project guided by a faculty mentor. Examples of possible scholarly projects include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Development of a new clinical protocol
- Original basic or clinical research
- Development of a new curriculum component or module
- Evaluation of an outreach program
- Creation of a bioengineering tool or biomedical software
- Creative medical writing
Students who successfully fulfill the concentration requirements will receive a certificate of completion and will be recognized at commencement.
Interested students should:
- Review the concentration areas and select the one of interest.
- Complete the online application*
* First-year medical students are eligible to apply in January upon successful completion of their first semester of work. Students will be notified of their application status by the director of the concentration. Acceptance in a concentration will be determined by the Concentration Director based on the student application, specific concentration requirements, and the number of positions available.
Detailed Description of Scholarly Concentration Areas
- Advocacy in Child Health
- Behavioral Science and Substance Use Disorders
- Clinical Quality, Safety, & Evidence-Based Medicine
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Geriatric & Palliative Medicine
- Global Health
- Medical Education
- Medical Humanities
- Molecular and Translational Medicine
- Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering
- Primary Care and Family Medicine
Program Timeline (example)
In January, students will have the opportunity to apply to a scholarly Concentration of their interest. Once students have selected and have been accepted into a concentration, they will have the opportunity to select a faculty mentor, identify a scholarly project, and explore funding opportunities.
In the Summer after the first year, students will engage in concentration activities as required. Students may also be eligible to participate in the Summer Research Program where they can focus on their scholarly project (10 weeks).
Students will continue to participate in their respective concentration activities including attending courses/seminars, completing experiential requirements, and continuing their scholarly projects.
Students will complete concentration requirements including their scholarly project.
The UTHealth Scholarly Concentration Program is a voluntary experience for current medical students. Students applying to a Scholarly Concentration must be in good academic standing as determined by the Students Evaluation and Promotion Committee. Students must maintain good academic standing in order to continue with their selected concentration.
Program Manager: Linh Trinh
Scholarly Concentrations Program
6431 Fannin JJL S80-6
Houston, TX 77030
Telephone: (713) 500-5105
Fax: (713) 500-0603