The Clinical Research Thesis concentration is designed to give students the ability to identify and problem solve healthcare-related issues, which in turn allows them to provide solutions in increasing healthcare access, improving patient outcomes, and other quality improvement needs.
Students apply research methods learned to solve healthcare issues in our partner clinical sites. In partnership with COPE Health Solutions, KGI graduate students complete their Clinical Research Thesis projects within one or more of the hospital sites within the COPE Health Scholars program.
Graduates of this concentration are uniquely positioned for future careers as medical researchers (clinical and academic), hospital administrators, or for the pursuit of doctoral studies or a medical or healthcare professional degrees. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in the areas of nosocomial infections, blood stewardship and usage, antibiotic stewardship, ICU cost control, staff performance, pain management, and case costs.
Through this research project, students will actively engage in projects that align with their field of study and learn from their on-site advisor how to identify hospital and/or health system needs to provide solutions to address gaps in quality and patient outcomes. Students will be assisting in data collection and statistical analytics, as well as tracking progress of existing or pending hospital projects. Students will not be assisting with hands-on patient care or delivery, but instead gain exposure to various careers in healthcare by going participating in rounds with nurses, doctors, and/or hospital administrators to gather the necessary data for their focused project.
Course Offerings in the Clinical Research Thesis Concentration – 16.5 units
Students planning to pursue the Clinical Research Thesis concentration must apply to participate in the program through the KGI-COPE application website. One of the prerequisites to participate in the program is enrollment in the ALS 495: Research Thesis course by the end of May.
Students must dedicate a minimum of 18 hours/week to work on their thesis.
Sample Project Topics
Nursing/Infection Prevention Departments
Antibiotic Stewardship Program
Documented indication of every transfusion
ICU Cost Control
Ventilator weaning and associated ICU protocols
Physician feedback on performance
Analysis of components of high cost/high volume procedures
Examples of hospital site placements
- Adventist Health Bakersfield (AHBD) – Bakersfield, CA
- Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL) – Glendale, CA
- Adventist Health Simi Valley (AHSV) – Simi Valley, CA
- Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) – East Los Angeles, CA
- California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC) – Downtown Los Angeles, CA
- Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) – Covina, West Covina, and Glendora
- Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Hoag) – Newport Beach, CA
- Kaiser Permanente Irvine (KPI) – Irvine, CA
- Kaiser Permanente Riverside (KPR) – Riverside, CA
- Kaiser Permanente South Bay (KPSB) – Harbor City, CA
- Riverside Community Hospital (RCH) – Downtown Riverside, CA
- Francis Medical Center (SFMC) – Lynwood, CA
- John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) – Oxnard & Camarillo
- Joseph Hospital of Orange (SJO) – Orange, CA
- Mary Medical Center (SMMC) – Long Beach, CA
Clinical Research Thesis Requirements
- Complete training on regulatory and compliance-related issues (HIPAA, emergency response protocols, codes, etc.)
- Clear background check
- On-site interview at clinical site
- Proof of immunization/test records
- Health screening
- Proof of CPR certification
- Proof of health insurance