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EMSP 491/492

EMSP 491/492 is an independent study program for Rice EMS students interested in prehospital medical research. All students will complete a research project under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member, but there is no formal classroom instruction. Students must perform research with a Baylor College of Medicine faculty member and is required to spend at least 9 hours per week actively working on their project for 3 hours of course credit.

EMSP 491/492 requires a research proposal, bi-monthly reports and a final project (either a research paper in the fall semester or a poster presentation in the spring semester). Instructor permission is required. To receive credit, a student must participate in a research project. Credit cannot be received for physician shadowing, and students will not receive course credit if they are being paid for their work.

Interested in Taking this Course?

Inform Program Director with your interest: Contact Program Director Lisa Basgall with your interest – general or specific. Lisa will send you further information regarding available projects and the course curriculum, and can answer any questions about the independent study program. 

Finding a project: Prior to enrollment in EMSP 491/492, you must secure a position on a research project. You can identify projects by reading faculty members’ scientific publications and website research summaries. You can then email the faculty member to inquire about the possibility of performing research within their area of interest. If the faculty member agrees, you and the faculty member can meet to discuss the available projects and other details.

Registration: Once you have found a project, you must then obtain a signed special registration from Lisa Basgall and register for EMSP 491/492.  You must then complete an application form at least one month prior to the start of classes.  The EMSP 491/492 Course Director will then contact your off-campus professor to confirm that s/he has agreed to supervise you. The off-campus Physician Faculty supervising your research contributes to the assigned grades.  All EMSP 491/492 students should register before the beginning of the semester; those students who register after the second week of classes will face a grade penalty. Students who begin their research late will be required to make up missed research hours over the course of the semester.

 Contact Program Director Lisa Basgall for additional information about registering for the course. 


Course Personnel (Contact Us)

   Dr. Shane Jenks – Course Director

   Lisa Basgall – Program Director

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