Capstone Project Requirement


Evidence-based practice and learning is a core principle of medicine. Students are taught the principles of evidence-based medicine throughout their education at the School of PA Studies to help them develop skills necessary for competent clinical practice upon graduation.


Beginning with the Class of 2019, which matriculates in June 2017, a capstone project will be required for graduation. Students will work in small groups under the guidance of a faculty member to fully develop an evidence-based manuscript based on a clinical question or topic of interest to the group. The capstone project may take the form of a review of a clinical topic, a written case study, poster presentation on a medical topic or case study, patient information brochure with background documentation, a quality improvement project, or a three-chapter research proposal. Other project ideas may be acceptable pending faculty approval.


During the course of the academic phase the student will be introduced to principles of evidence-based medicine, review of medical literature, hypothesis development and analysis. Capstone project details and development will begin in the academic year culminating in a manuscript and presentation in the clinical year. The capstone project will be incorporated throughout several courses including the Evidence Based Medicine.