Preparing an III Petition for a Literature Review
The III petition should be brief, generally 1-2 typed pages, but should provide enough information to give the committee a good idea of what you plan to do. The intent of the committee is to spare you the grief and heartache that come from discovering at the end of your third year that your III project is too ambitious, is giving you uninterpretable data, or is in some other way ill-conceived.
A good petition (and a good study) begins with a simple, clear purpose. This purpose should be reflected in each of the components of the study described below. The purpose will dictate which subjects to choose, what study design to use, what variables to measure, and what analyses to perform.
The III committee is diverse in terms of medical and technical background. Therefore, write your petition for a general audience. Avoid using jargon, and define any technical terms you can't avoid. If the information can be better presented in non-narrative form (graph, bulleted list, flow diagram, etc.), by all means do so.
Below are some guidelines for what to include. Because each study is different, not all of the items below will be pertinent to every study.
Provide a brief introduction to the problem you are investigating. This might include:
The majority of III petitions require some tweaking before they are approved.