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Family Medicine Mentored Scholarly Activity (MSA)


The MSA project is a four-year requirement for all students culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. The MSA project is aimed at fostering self-directed, life-long learning.

Deciding on an appropriate MSA project requires that you complete some initial steps that will prepare you to zero in on an MSA project that is just right for you. We suggest starting with the following steps to get you moving in the right direction:

  1. If you haven't done so already, visit the School of Medicine MSA page to review the basic requirements and available resources for completing your MSA.
  2. Review specific research project opportunities within the Department of Family Medicine by viewing our current MSA Project Options list.
  3. To help facilitate matching your research interests with appropriate DFM faculty members, we ask that you fill out the online DFM MSA Interest Input Form.
  4. Once submitted, we will contact you about the next steps for getting started with your DFM MSA project.