Requirements + Guidelines

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View M1's research orientation meeting and M2's research block meeting from previous year. 

Non-Curriculum Research 

This is any research outside of summer research (M1 to M2 summer) and the  required 16 week research block . Curriculum Research: Required Research Block (M3 and M4). Please complete the non-curriculum research form and  return to the MSRO.  

Curriculum Research Requirements 2025 and Prior

Research Block is 4 months (submit all documents through the easel)

Curriculum Research Requirements for the Class of 2026

Research Block is 4 months first 12 weeks will be completed in the summer of year 1 and the last 4 weeks will be completed before Yr 4  (submit all documents through the easel)

How the research block is evaluated? The following documents are required and must be submitted through easel > research portal > click required 4-month research tab > click either research proposal, progress report 1, progress report 2 and upload your document. Please Note: if you miss your scheduled due dates from the schedule you submitted the system will not let you upload please send an email to and your dates will be extended so that you will be able to upload your documents.

  • Proposal (Due April 28,2023 upload into Canvas )
  • 2 Progress reports are required (At the end of 12 weeks research August 21, 2023 and after the additional 4 weeks of research)
  • Thesis (due Feb 28th M4 year)
  • Students must be evaluated by their research mentor at the midpoint and at the end of their 16 weeks required research block. Please use the Mentor Assessment of Medical Student Research Form.

Find out how your thesis is graded : Clinical ResearchBasic Science, and Quality Improvements.

If you have published a first author manuscript for your research during medical school, it may count as your MD Thesis. In order for your publication to be accepted as your thesis the actual pdf article must be submitted through Easel > click on the "Thesis/Project/Publication" tab > click "First Author Publication" > upload your pdf. The Office of Medical Student Research must approve your submitted paper.  

Thesis Directions

Formatting requirements

  • 8.5-by-11-inch paper size.
  • Double-spaced text throughout.
  • A single-column format for abstract through discussion sections. A single-column format for title, references, footnotes, figure legends and tables.
  • One-inch left and right margins and 0.25-inch spacing between columns.
  • 11-point Arial font.
  • Number all pages, including those with figures

A student's research is presented as a formal written thesis during the fourth year and must fulfill the following minimal requirements:

  • Title Page
  • Summary (in abstract form)
  • Critical review & citation of the work of previous investigators (introduction)
  • Valid research design (methods)
  • Evidence of mastery of appropriate methodology, including description (methods)
  • Presentation & analysis of research data (Results)
  • Conclusions supported by the data (Discussion)
  • Literature presentation & complete bibliography (References)

Detailed Guidelines


  • Should succinctly and clearly describe the major findings reported in the manuscript.
  • Avoid specialized terms and make sure to define all acronyms.
  • Must not exceed 250 words.


  • Presents the purpose of the study and its relationship to earlier work in the field.
  • Should not be an extensive review of the literature.
  • Usually less than one formatted page.

Experimental procedures

  • Brief but sufficiently complete to permit a qualified reader to repeat the experiments.
  • Procedures should be described in detail.
  • Previously published procedures should be referenced.
  • Modifications of previously published procedures should not be given in detail except where necessary to repeat the work.
  • Quantification of gel or blot intensities must be performed with data obtained within a linear range of exposure.


  • Presented in figures, tables or text.
  • Used proper statistical methods for analysis


  • Concise (usually less than two formatted pages).
  • Focused on the interpretation of the results. How does your study move the field forward?
  • Should not repeat information in the "Results" section. Does your data support previous studies in this field?


  • Cited in the text by number only.
  • References should include article titles.
  • Numbered consecutively in the order of appearance

Research Elective

This elective is offered to Case University and Lerner College students ONLY. The elective may be used to continue research already underway, typically to finalize a research block project. Typical activities include gathering more data; performing statistical analyses; and writing research results, often in preparation for publication. In order to take the research elective, you must first complete the Application for RESC 4001M Elective.

Please contact Dr. Croniger ( or 216.368.4967) or Sharon Callahan ( or 216.368.6972) in the Medical Student Research Office for information about scheduling a research elective and completing your research credentials.

If approved, the research elective will be recorded on your transcript and may count as up to 8-weeks of non-clinical credit toward graduation requirements. This 8 weeks of research is in addition to your 16 weeks during your Research Block. Please submit the elective in the course request site with a note in the Comments section that you were confirmed for the rotation, by whom and when. Do not add the rotation in CAS as it is non-clinical. You will write the weeks in the Additional Elective section of your Official Graduation Audit Checklist next year.