Underserved-focus Scholarly Project

Most students complete the UP Scholarly Project requirement as a Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) project. Underserved Pathway students may complete any of the III selectives, but to qualify for the Pathway, the project must involve an underserved topic. III projects completed within the context of RUOP, GHIP, or the UW Medical Student Addiction Research (MedStAR) training program automatically qualify for Underserved Pathway credit (no pre-approval needed).

Some students fulfill this requirement with a health equity advocacy project and adjacent paper. Most advocacy projects are developed in conjunction with a community partner. The paper includes background information including evidence showing a need for the project, methods and approach, results, and reflection.

If you did not complete RUOP, GHIP, or MedStAR, please contact the Underserved Pathway Program Manager upath@uw.edu about how you intend to complete this requirement. Be sure to send in your proposal for pre-approval (see the revelant deadlines here.) It is important to get started early on this, as your clinical years leave little time for completion of a research project. We recommend you complete this requirement prior to starting clinical rotations.

If the School of Medicine waived your III requirement upon entry to medical school, get in touch with Underserved Pathway Program Manager upath@uw.edu to discuss fulfillment of this requirement. If the project that led to the waiver focused on issues affecting underserved populations, you may receive credit. Graduate-level capstone projects related to an underserved population will be considered.