The Project Option is an 11 week period undertaken during Year 4 and runs between May and July. The first 10 weeks is for students to work on their projects with a final week for presentations and assessment. Projects are supervised by a named individual who is usually a Consultant.
Projects may be based within the hospital or community. The topic may be within any clinical speciality, laboratory or basic sciences, health care management, health informatics, clinical risk and safety, ethics or medicolegal.
At the end of the period the student must provide a written report and undertake an oral presentation, both of which will be assessed.
There are two categories of Project Options:
1. Non-research based e.g. audit, systematic review, critical appraisal
2. Research based – please note this will require written approval from the relevant R&D Directorate and Ethics Committee
The specific aims and objectives of the Project Option are as follows:
· define the objectives of the chosen project
· study a particular problem, specialty or aspect of medicine in depth
· plan how to make best use of the time allocated
· be able to critically review literature
· understand research methodology
· understand basics of statistical analysis of numerical data
· be able to communicate clearly in writing
· be able to communicate key findings in a 5 minute oral presentation
The Lead for the Project Option period at ELHT is Dr Lee-Suan Teh (Consultant Rheumatologist). She is keen to develop a greater range of high-quality Project Options here in East Lancashire. If you are interested in offering a project, or would just like to find out more information, please do not hesitate to contact her either directly at email@example.com or via the Department of Undergraduate Education.