Each May before graduation, MSW students present their clinical research papers to faculty, colleagues, friends, family, and the greater St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work community. These presentations encourage us all to explore new perspectives of social work practice.
The Marion Frauenthal Sloane Award is named for the daughter of the founder of the Hospital for Joint Diseases and is presented for an original clinical research paper submitted by an orthopaedic resident or recent graduate. Marion Frauenthal Sloan was probably the first female orthopaedic surgeon in the United States and practiced before establishment of the ABOS (Ruth Jackson was the first board certified female orthopaedic surgeon). The award is presented once each academic year (July to June). Deadline for submission is September 30 following the academic year and should be submitted to the Vice Chair for Education. A committee comprised of the Program director, Associate PD, Chair and research director will select the winner from submissions.
Writing a clinical research paper
As part of our MSW in clinical social work practice, all students write a clinical research paper and participate in our annual Clinical Research Paper Presentation Day. These papers provide an opportunity for students to bring their passion for a topic, population group, practice field, or service delivery area to life while working with a faculty mentor and a community research committee. Students develop skills to critically conduct and interpret social work research to evaluate clinical practice, policies, and programs. The project also provides a tangible demonstration of the student's ability to integrate social work theory with research findings. Employers often seek experience in program evaluation and these papers act as excellent examples of graduates' research capabilities and their ability to contribute to the growing body of social work knowledge.