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History and Purpose of the Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI)
Recognizing that research is an integral part of a university, the School of Medicine of St. George's University established the Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI) in 2009 to encourage, support, facilitate and centralize medical student research during the four years of a student's medical education. By offering exceptional students the opportunity to work on faculty-mentored research projects, the MSRI aims to:
a) Advance the research arm of the medical school's mission and outcome objectives, while
b) Enhancing student development and competitiveness for residency programs.
The MSRI offers medical students who have demonstrated academic excellence (minimum WMPG of 85.00%, no exceptions) to become involved in research. Graduation with research distinction is offered for students who have a minimum WMPG of 85.00% and two or more peer reviewed publications at the time of graduation.
All St. George's University faculty members are encouraged to participate, and mentor medical students in their research and scholarly activities.
The goals of the MSRI are to:
Each student participant works with a faculty mentor with special expertise who has been matched, as closely as possible, to the student's research interests and career goals. Students either assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.
The intensive nature of the program requires a large-time commitment from the participants, but the time commitment is up to the students. Participants are required to attend all scheduled events and activities related to the program. Students must be present the entire length of the program.
MSRI is divided into Basic Sciences and Clinical Years. For information on the respective programs please contact the persons below:
Ian Murray, Ph.D. Grenada MSRI Basic Science Director IMurray@sgu.edu
James Coey, M.D. UK-KBT MSRI-KBT Basic Science Director JCoey@@sgu.edu
Beryl De Souza. M.D UK MSRI Clinical Director firstname.lastname@example.org
US Clinicals: contact Hospital Research Co-ordinators, or Faculty active in research
Basic Sciences MSRI, Terms 2 through 5:
Students are only accepted into the MSRI during Term 2 of Basic Sciences. Students are asked to concentrate on projects in Term 2, Term 3, and Term 5. Due to the intense course-load that exists in Term 4, students are not expected to participate in research during this time.
MSRI participation (Basic Sciences Years)
Students are only accepted into the MSRI-Grenada during Term 2 of Basic Sciences .
Students who have a minimum WMPG of 85.00% in BPM 1 are eligible to apply.
Students must maintain a minimum WMPG of 85% to remain in MSRI.
Application and MSRI matching process