This session will explore the impact of medical student scholarly activities on skill development and career trajectory, using data from the medical education literature and the National Resident Matching Program. Questions about the use of student research in the residency application process will be addressed, including how program directors use research participation and productivity as proxy measures of desirable characteristics among program applicants.
Dr. Wolfson is Assistant Dean of Medical School Research and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Wolfson directs the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum and serves as the faculty lead for all scholarly opportunities for Pritzker medical students. Her work related to medical student research has been noteworthy: she developed a novel Authorship curriculum, and she directs the Scholarly Concentrations Collaborative, a group of medical education leaders who work together to grow opportunities for student research. Dr. Wolfson conducts NIH-funded research as part of the National Research Mentoring Network that aims to improve mentor training for women and minority medical students.