The Clinical Research Affiliation provides an opportunity for entry-level DPT students to participate in mentored faculty research. This affiliation is offered to third-year DPT students during CE III and CE IV. Students who are accepted into the program spend approximately 20 hrs/wk conducting a mentored research project and 20 hrs/wk conducting patient care in a traditional clinical setting. Specific experiences vary depending on the individual needs of the faculty mentor and student, and must be pre-arranged between the faculty mentor, student, and clinical education advisor prior to the match process for CE III and IV.
To be eligible to apply for a Clinical Research Affiliation during CE III or CE IV, students must:
• Maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA throughout the 3-year Program (i.e., students placed on academic probation are ineligible to apply)
• Demonstrate strong clinical performance during all Clinical Education Experiences, as evidenced by:
o Evaluation of Clinical Instructor comments from CE I, CE II, and Fieldwork I
o Ratings >Intermediate on the CPI for Professional Behavior and Patient Management Skills in CEII
• Meet Program requirements for Clinical Education that will prepare student to be a “generalist” physical therapist (i.e., variety of settings, patient populations, rural/underserved)
• Demonstrate professional behaviors at the developing- to entry-level (Generic Abilities)
• Prior research experience with the faculty mentor may be necessary for some affiliations. Work-study, volunteer, and observation opportunities are available throughout the academic year to students who wish to gain research experience. It is highly recommended that interested students contact the faculty mentor early to determine whether prior experience is necessary.
• Submit a 1-2 page Letter of Intent and resume to Clinical Education Advisor and Research Faculty Mentor no later than May 31. The letter should describe any previous research or related experience, your personal objectives for seeking the Clinical Research Affiliation opportunity, and how you believe the experience will advance your career goals.
• Upon receiving the Letter of Intent, the Research Faculty Mentor will arrange a personal interview with the student to discuss specific opportunities and expectations for the Research Affiliation.
• Students will be notified by the Research Faculty Mentor regarding their acceptance status for the Clinical Research Affiliation no later than June 1.
• NOTE: Students are highly encouraged to meet with faculty mentors of interest prior to completing the Letter of Intent. A description of faculty research interests can be found here. Some faculty may not offer Clinical Research Affiliations every year.
• Students who are selected for the Clinical Research Affiliation will be assigned a clinical site that is arranged by the Clinical Education Advisor and the Research Faculty Mentor, with input from the student. To facilitate the transfer of knowledge between clinical and research settings, students will be matched with a highly qualified clinical instructor in an area of practice that complements the student’s research.
• Clinical sites for this affiliation will only be available to students who have been pre-selected for the program.
• The clinical site for the research affiliation will serve as the student’s first choice in the match process. Subsequent sites will be selected according to the standard lottery process.
The Goals of the Clinical Research Affiliation are to:
1) Advance clinical and scientific knowledge in the chosen area of study through interaction with a variety of clinical and research specialists.
2) Expose students to the process of clinical research including study design, subject recruitment, subject testing, data analysis and interpretation, and ethical conduct of research.
3) Promote integration of research findings to clinical practice by improving communication and presentation of research findings through informal (journal clubs) and formal (clinic and conference) presentations to multidisciplinary groups which may include basic and clinical scientists and clinical practitioners.