The Medical-Scientist Project

A multilevel transdisciplinary approach focussed on methodology, ethics and integrity in biomedical research - 2018-2023

Following and supporting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): our basic underground

RRI principles are based on the six key components of RRI, i.e. governance, public engagement, open access, gender, ethics and science education. We developed the present project aiming at integrating the values and requirements of RRI at several levels:

Public and associations involvement

In defining the project we paid specific attention to public engagement and to active and balanced promotion of science, with particular regard to stakeholders. Identified stakeholders are, in order of priority: medical students, physicians, patients and their families. We sought their active involvement by promoting collaboration with associations and organization representative of medical students (SISM) and of patients and their families (AsPI). We plan to extend such involvement to addictional subjects during the development of the project. This is an important and innovative aspect of our project, as there is increasing consensus worldwide that the engagement of patients and the public is crucial for design and conduct of research (see e.g. Domecq et al., 2014).

Research integrity, sustainability and accountability

We aimed at including and fostering RRI criteria, standards and outcomes during project development, e.g. ethical acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability. We put at the core of both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training in science and research some key principles of paramount importance such as research integrity and accountability, knowledge of ethics principles in preclinical (e.g. with animals) and clinical research (on patients and healthy subjects). Our previous experience provides strong fundaments for the present commitment to ensure that funds and resources are utilized without any misconduct and in an optimal way, according to the purposes of the funding organization (in this case Fondazione Cariplo), taking full responsibility towards the general public.

Open access to resources and results

We also specifically promote the open access to resources and results of the project, first of all being committed to dissemination of training material (videorecordings, handouts, workshops and meetings) through the web, where they will be available to trainees, potential candidates in future training programs as well as to the general public.

Gender equality

Regarding gender equality, we will aim at the integration of such dimension at all the levels of the project, at the same time being committed to attracting the best potential candidates at both under- and postgraduate levels.

RRI principles in project monitorization and evaluation

RRI principles have been incorporated also in project monitorization and evaluation, with an external independent supervising committee, which is composed of internationally acknowledged experts in biomedical research teaching, training, assessment, research ethics and integrity.

Promoting the use of results by academic policy makers

Finally, we will aim at promoting and facilitating the use of project results by academic policy makers, with the purpose to render such project as an integrated platform suitable for all the Schools of Medicine at national level.

Our program for undergraduates

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Opportunities for Postgraduates in specialistic training

A Master for Postgraduates integrated into professional/working environments

Expected benefits from the project

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