Each year some students elect to conduct medical research for their M.D. thesis in one or another area of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts (including medical history, medical ethics, medicine and the law, film, photography, medical sociology, medical anthropology, and literature). Like other kinds of student research, the creative discipline required in pursuing the M.D. thesis in these areas helps shape the physician-scholar by cultivating critical judgment, imagination, and scholarship, while developing critical research skills and making an original contribution. At the same time, the challenges involved in research pursued in the archive, library, or field may differ from those encountered in the laboratory.
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