PREP Capstone

What is the PREP Capstone?
The Capstone Project provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to comprehensively address a clinical, public health and/or social problem pertaining to pain. All MS-PREP students are required to complete the Project over two adjacent semesters during the final year of the program. The first semester is devoted to the planning phase of the project, and the second semester to the implementation phase. The Capstone Project should use approaches from research, education and policy to address real-world pain issues.

What are the criteria for placement?
To qualify as a PREP placement site, an agency or organization must be willing to designate a preceptor who will provide guidance to the student, be available to meet with the student on a regular basis, and provide feedback on student performance to the PREP course director; and communicate with a student about prospective projects, including some the student may suggest or initiate, to identify a project that meets all of the criteria described below for Capstone Projects.

What is the criteria for the Capstone project?
An acceptable Capstone Project must be conceived, planned and implemented within two semesters, and must have a clearly defined beginning, middle and end.  In addition, a successful project must be sufficiently detailed and rigorous to require 120 hours of work over the two semesters. The Project should contribute to the development of new knowledge or innovations in the area of pain research, education or policy and result in a product that can be written and summarized in a standard presentation format with background information and sections for methods, results, discussion, and literature citations.

What is the role of the Capstone preceptor?
The Capstone Preceptor serves as the expert in a relevant field who has agreed to supervise the day-to-day activities of a student’s project preparation and implementation. We ask that preceptors play not only the traditional supervisory role, but also recognize their role as mentors. We request that the preceptor and student meet within the first month of the planning semester, and on a regular basis thereafter through the duration of the implementation semester. We encourage preceptors to attend the student’s final oral presentation, if possible.

How do I become a Capstone preceptor?
Please contact:

Libby Bradshaw, Academic Advisor for the PREP Program or 617.636.6946.