Scholars in Medicine And Research Training Certificate (SMART)

Particpant contract

The purpose of this program is two-fold: 1) to enhance knowledge, comfort and skills needed to design and implement research projects and 2) to facilitate completion of a scholarly project through design of a high quality protocol. Expectations include: (1) mandatory attendance at six 60-minute sessions over a six-month period, (2) completion of online didactic materials and quizzes, (3) development of a research project, including building a research team, developing a research question, conducting literature review, describing data collection and analysis methods, and plans for dissemination of findings.

Course Details
Classes will occur in the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita (KUSM-W) Sunflower Room. A signed contract must be completed by the August session. Each meeting will be a working session for residents to engage with a panel of experts and receive feedback on their proposed project. Assignments will be competency based and should be completed regularly throughout the course.



Assignment Due

8/30, noon or
8/31, 4 p.m.

1. Blackboard, Literature Review and Hypothesis Development

Mentor, contract, working title
and research question

9/28, 4 p.m. or
10/11, noon

2. Research Design, Data Collection Methodology

section draft due

10/26, 4 p.m.
or 11/1, noon

3. Research Ethics and Institutional Review Boards

Methods section draft due

11/30, 4 p.m. or
12/6, noon

4. Basic Statistics

Human Subjects Training and
COI must be completed

1/25, 4 p.m. or
1/31, noon

5. Discussion and Conclusions

Protocol draft due

2/22, 4 p.m. or
2/28, noon

6. Posters, Oral Presentations, Writing for Publication

Final protocol due
March 1, 2017

By March 1 SMART participants are required to have completed all of the online trainings and videos and submit a final draft of their protocol. Once the courses conclude and outcomes are accomplished, participants will receive a certificate of program completion.  

Contact Information
Cari Schmidt, Ph.D.
SMART Program Director
Associate Research Professor and Director of Pediatric Research
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS 67214
Email:; Phone: 316-293-1810; Fax: 316-293-2686

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