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Mentored Scholarly Activity

Scholarship for Life Long Learning

The MSA project is a four-year requirement for all undergraduate medical students. The project culminates in a capstone presentation in Phase IV prior to graduation. The goal of the MSA curriculum is to foster self-directed, life-long learning over the course of the medical student career. The MSA requires students to identify and work with a mentor to complete their projects, which also prepares them for working with mentors in their careers and serving as mentors to others in the medical profession.

Course goals demonstrate:

  • Progress through the Phases and display independence and collaboration
  • Ability to formulate a specific problem statement, question, hypothesis or aim
  • Willingness to work effectively with a mentor.
  • Ability to critically review and analyze literature on an important scholarly topic.
  • Preparation of a scholarly project with appropriate methods and develop a plan to complete the project,
  • Ability to synthesize and present results of a scholarly project.
  • Use of the scientific method to test and or verify hypotheses in clinical and translational research.​ 

MSA Phase I - IV Course​ goals with objectives PDFs:


Grading will be pass/fail, assessed at the end of each semester based on the student meeting the expectations and requirements for that particular phase of the curriculum. The final grade in Phase IV will be determined by the director, mentor, associate director and a team of faculty evaluators.

Contact Information​

MSA Course Director: Kristen Nadeau, MD, MS​​

Thematic Areas and Associate Directors:

Laboratory (Basic) Science – John Tentler, PhD

Bioethics, Humanities, Arts, & Education – Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD​

Clinical Science – Kristen Nadeau, MD, MS​​

Clinical Science –​ Jim Maloney, MD​

Epidemiology, Public & Community Health – Rita Lee, MD

Global Health – Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH ​

Leana May, DO, MPH

Program Coordinator:  Zachary Lundquist​ –​​​​​

MSA Library Liaison: John Jones – 303-724-2121