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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH:
Medical Students Plan Special Studies

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As the first step in a new spe-
cial studies program for selected
students in the Universial medical
school, 13 freshman and 19 sopho-
more medical students met their
faculty tutorial advisors at a din-
ner last night.
The innovation, somewhat sim-
ilar to the undergraduate honors
program in the literary college, is
an attempt to provide more chal-
lenging medical education for the
superior student.
Bases Listed
The participants were chosen
for the motivation, special in-
terests, and exceptional intellec-
tual capacity, on the basis of
their college records, medical col-
lege aptitude test results and per-
sonal interviews, r. John Weller,
associate professor of internal
medicine, said. Dr. Weller is co-
ordinator for the program,
The students represent approxi-
mately eight per cent and ten per
cent of the freshman and sopho-
more classes; respectively-
The principal speaker at last
night's dinner, which was also at-
tended by Dr. William N. Hub-
bard, dean of the medical school,
and the faculty committee on the
new program, was Dr. Ralph
Gerard, senior research neuro-
physiologist with the Mental
Health Research Institute. Its
primary purpose, however, was for
the students to meet their tutors,
who will assist them in arranging
their research,
"Research," Dr. Weller continj-
ed, "is the central theme of the

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plan, which consists of three in-
terrelated parts."
The first part consists of two
series of seminars, one each for
the freshman and sophomore1
groups, which will deal with re-
search topics supplementary to
the regular class work. These one-
and-one-half hour discussions will
occur on alternate weeks and, ex-
cept for the first one, will be run
by the students themselves, al-
though there will be two faculty
members present.
Reading Expected
Each seminar, Dr. Weller said,
will be led by two of the students,
who will be expected to do sub-
stantial reading in the particular
field under discussion, to prepare
for the seminar.
The seminars will be concerned
with the philosophical aspects of
research, the organization of ap-
proaches to research problems,
the methods and techniques utiliz-
ed in conducting research and
the analysis and interpretation of
research data.
Seminar Topics
The general topic of the first-
semester seminars for the fresh-
man is, the structure and func-
tion of cells; that for the sopho-
mores, investigate aspects of can-
cer.
The second part of the pro-
gram is the tutorial advisor sys-
tem. Each faculty tutor has volun-
teered his assistance, and at pres-
ent the number of volunteers ex-
ceeds the number of students
selected for the program, Dr.
Weller said. It is suggested that
each student meet with his ad-
visor on the weeks alternate to
those of the seminars.
Research Important
The third part is the independ-
ent research the student will carry
on through his medical school
course. Three of the freshman and
two-thirds of the sophomores have
already begun research during the
summer. Their interests often
carry them into fields of study
covered by other academic disci-
plines.
The seminars will continue
through the sophomore year, but
once the student is well into his
research area they will discon-

tinue and the original advisor is
likely to be replaced by a super-
visor of research in the specific
field, Dr. Weller said.
He added that special effort
will be made to avoid rigidity in
the assignmhent of either the re-
search topic or the tutor; that the
student will be free to changel
them if it seems advisable. "The
program will tie what the students
want it to be," he said. "It is for
their benefit."
The plan is somewhat pattern-
ed after a similar program at the!
New York University medical
school, Dr. Weller said. although
several schools have various typest
of programs of the same general
outline,
Plan Additional
He stressed that all medical stu-
dents are required to complete a
certain prescribed curriculum for
doctorate of medicine, and that'
the special studies plan is an ad-
ditional setup planned to give add-
ed knowledge and experience in

research. In many cases, he said,
the courses provide a background
training which can be exploited
through the additional research
provided for by the special studies
program.
At the end of the first semester
there will be a reevaluation of the
program and its participants.
Some may find they are carrying
too much of a load, and may de-
cide to drop out of the studies
plan and concentrate on their reg-
ular course work. Others not now
enrolled in the plan, who do well
and are willing to do the extra
work, may be asked to join sec-
and semester. Eventually, of
course, students in all four years
will be working in the program.
Suich reevaluation will be continu-
ous.
"The goal of the program is
not just to make students re-
searchers," Dr. Weller said. "Ex-
perience doing research gives bet-
ter scientific background for all
phases of medicine."

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Choral Union
Asks Singers
For Season
University Choral Union audi-
tions for new members will con-
tinue throughout Wednesday.
Any interested singer can have
an audition appointment by call-
ing NO 8-7513. Old members in
good standing may re-enter upon
application at the University Mu-
sical Society office in Burton
Tower not later than Sept. 29.
Rehearsals for the entire 325
person group are Meld Tuesday
evenings with additional sessions
preceding performances. Begin-
ning in January sectional re-
hearsals are scheduled on T hurs-

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