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Students in the Drew/UCLA medical program conduct an original research project related to the Primary Care program as part of their graduation requirements. The research projects generally grow from the students experiences in the Primary Care program continuity clinic that the students attend throughout their third year. During this year, students develop their research question, write a protocol, and obtain IRB approval for their research. Research is mainly conducted throughout the 4th year, culminating in a research paper and presentation at a student research colloquium. This research program will be transforming into a full medical thesis program beginning with the class of 2004. The research projects conducted by the students are a valuable contribution to medical knowledge about the underserved population that is served by the King/Drew medical center and satellite clinics. This is a population that has traditionally been underrepresented in medical research, and which faces significant health risks that are specific to urban underserved populations. To improve dissemination of this valuable research, the College of Medicine and King/Drew Health Sciences Library at Charles R. Drew University, working with the UCLA Library's Digital Library Program and Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library began a project to catalog and publish the student research papers on the web. By providing online access to these projects, together with rigorous indexing, this valuable research can become more widely known. It is also becomes a valuable publication for the students. As a model for this project, we chose the "Nutrition Bytes" publication archive that was developed at UCLA . "Nutrition Bytes" is a publication of research submitted by a variety of students, including all UCLA and Drew first-year medical students, on topics pertaining to diet and nutrition. The research papers are professionally abstracted and indexed by the Biomedical Library staff, and the cataloging information and abstracts entered into a searchable, web-accessible database (http://digital.library.ucla.edu/nutritionbytes/). For the Drew Primary Care research paper project, we chose to additionally include links full text documents of the research papers in PDF format. Beginning with the research papers submitted in 2001 by the class of 2001, all students are asked to sign a publication waiver, stating that they understand that their research paper will be published on the web site, and that this may preclude submission to other peer-reviewed publications. Students who do not wish to have their paper published will have the cataloging and abstract information online, but not the full text of their research papers. Papers submitted from 1998 to 2000 will be added to the database if author permission is obtained. Before 1998, students were required to do a presentation, but a formal written paper was not required. The group discussed including these presentations (generally in the form of MS PowerPoint files) in the database, but it was decided that these "documents" were not sufficient for publication. In the future, research predating 2001 may be abstracted and cataloged in the database, without the actual presentations.