Independent Investigative Inquiry (III)

The III project must involve an underserved topic. Underserved Pathway students may complete any of the Independent Investigative Inquiry (III) Selectives. However, III projects completed within the context of RUOP (Selective 3) or GHIP (Selective 5) automatically qualify for Underserved Pathway credit. If you did not complete RUOP / GHIP talk to the UP ( about how you intend to complete this requirement.

If the School of Medicine waived your III requirement, please talk to an Underserved Pathway adviser to discuss fulfillment of this requirement. If the project that led to the waiver focused on issues affecting underserved populations, you may receive credit. Graduate level capstone projects related to an underserved population will be considered. If your waived III did not involve a topic relevant to underserved populations or issues, an Underserved Pathway adviser (email: will work with you to design an alternative project to allow completion of this requirement. It is helpful to get started early on this, as your clinical years leave little time for completion of a research project. We recommend you complete this prior to starting clinical rotations. To have the pathway included in your MSPE, the III or alternative project will have to be complete prior to the end of your 3rd year of medical school.


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