Student Osteopathic Academic Research

Under the auspice of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC), Students for Osteopathic Academic Research (SOAR) is a program designed to develop osteopathic research projects at the medical student level. This effort will be two-pronged, focused on education and networking. The educational outcomes will be accomplished with a research development group (RDG). The RDG is the focus of collaboration with the National Undergraduate Fellows Association. Ideally, this group will be led by a fellow at each college of osteopathic medicine (COM) where fellowship programs exist, or by a faculty advisor at COMs where fellows are not available. In addition, we hope a motivated student can partner with the fellow or faculty to assist student outreach and obtain student perspectives from each school. The group will be designed to facilitate the step-wise development of student osteopathic research projects. By the end of the year, the medical student (or group) will have designed and written a research proposal and will be familiar with the necessary steps required to actualize the research project itself. Upon completion of the research proposal, which will be reviewed by fellow and faculty advisor, the student will be given a Research Scholar certificate, an honor conferred by the LBORC.