Research Training Pathways
Selection of a research project and mentor is subject to the approval of the fellowship program director and the division chief. Fellows may elect either laboratory-based or clinically-based research training pathways. Fellows electing a clinically-based research training pathway will be advised to seek either informal input or formal instruction in research design and statistical analysis from one or more of a number of programs and resources available on the medical campus. These include CHOICES (Consortium for Health Outcomes Innovation and Cost Effectiveness Studies), the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and the statistical consulting service of the School of Public Health . In certain instances, fellows may have the opportunity to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health if it is appropriate for their research career goals. For all research fellows, a research advisory committee will be selected by the fellow and mentor. This committee will monitor the progress of research fellows and provide advice regarding research training and career development.
Advanced Research Training
After completing the traditional three-year fellowship program, selected trainees have the opportunity to further advance their training in either basic or clinical research. Such advanced training is invariably necessary for individuals with serious designs on an academic research-oriented career. Two additional years of research training can often be funded by the division's NIH training grant, or by a variety of alternative mechanisms.