Research Integrity in Medical Student Curricula

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to thank you for accepting to take part in the Research Integrity Study.

What is the Research Integrity Study and why is it relevant?
As an ever changing science, Medicine has established research as an undeniable part of its foundations. Thus, many universities proudly promote research within their students. Unfortunately, many fail to offer a proper training related to Research Methodologies and Research Integrity. A call to action is paramount as we witness a rising number of research misconduct worldwide.
This is the reason why Medical students from the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA) have decided to design a short survey in order to assess the current status of research integrity within the Medical Curriculum in universities covered by National Member Organizations (NMO) of the IFMSA.
The Research Integrity Study is the tool that will allow us to draw conclusions about the overall state of the problem.

What is your role within the study?
As mentioned before, the study will consist of a short survey about your personal experience with Research Integrity within your university. The study focuses on studying the prevalence of Research Integrity Education within core medical school curricula, electives or even as part of an extracurricular activity.
The completion of the survey may take up to 20 minutes and the results will be used for scholarly purposes only.

You can participate in the study if you are:
A Medical student (currently enrolled in an undergraduate Medical program)
At least 18 years old
Currently studying in a universty covered by an NMO of the IFMSA

What will happen after you’ve completed the survey?
The data collected will be stored in a password protected electronic format and the participation is voluntary and confidential. Your name will not be included on the survey.
You may choose not to participate. If you decide to participate in this research survey, you may withdraw at any time.

What will you get from participating?
The participation in the Research Integrity Study is entirely voluntary and no compensation, economical or otherwise, will be offered for any of the participants.

Any further questions?
Should you still have any doubts about the project, please contact us at: lorma@ifmsa.org

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