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Research Training Opportunities

Following your residency, you may wish to pursue a career in clinical or basic research. University of Michigan and the Department of Neurology can provide the necessary infrastructure and formal training to promote your success. Some examples of formal training programs and support for research efforts follow.

Neurology Department Training Grant (NIH T32)

This training program in basic and clinical neuroscience in the U-M Department of Neurology is supported by the National Institutes of Health and has six fellow positions available per year.

Approximately 35,000 square feet of laboratory space are available for basic research, and 20 faculty members -- most of whom are both clinical neurologists and basic or clinician scientists -- serve as preceptors. We train physicians and basic scientists to conduct basic and clinical neuroscience research. We offer basic science training in cell and molecular neuroscience, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and neurogenetics, and clinical science training in the dementias, neuromuscular diseases, movement disorders, sleep disorders and neurogenetics.

Clinical training involves evaluation of clinical disorders, clinical-pathological correlations, neuropharmacological interventions, anatomical and functional imaging, including positron emission tomography studies, epidemiological studies, and experimental therapeutics. Training is in the individual laboratory or clinical program of a faculty member but is supplemented by interdisciplinary and collaborative project meetings, seminars, and appropriate course work. All trainees in clinical science programs are required to enroll in the U-M School of Public Health Masters Program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis.

Postdoctoral trainees are neurologists or physicians in related fields who have completed clinical training and select a basic or clinical research career, and biomedical scientists who seek training in basic neuroscience research. Efforts are made to recruit qualified women and minority students for training at all levels.

Please contact Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., for a program application (efeldman@umich.edu).

University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars® Program (RWJ CSP)

This program offers graduate-level study and research as part of a university-based post-residency training program. The RWJ CSP stresses training in quantitative and qualitative research methods underlying health services research essential to improving health and medical care systems. The program’s newest iteration also emphasizes community-based research and leadership training. The goal of the program is the integration of Scholars’ previous clinical training with skills in program development and research methodology to help them find solutions for issues in public policy, community health and clinical practice. Formal training results in a Masters in Health and Health Services Research.

University of Michigan School of Public Health Masters of Science Program

The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers a Master of Science (MS) program in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis (CRDSA). The On Job/On Campus (OJ/OC) training is designed for health care professionals who are involved in clinical research. It helps them develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while continuing their professional employment. Classes meet one 4-day weekend (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) each month for 18 months.

University of Michigan School of Public Health Masters of Public Health Programs

The School of Public Health also offers a traditional 2-year Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in Biostatistics, Health Services Research, and Environmental Health Sciences.

Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology

The summer program offers instruction in the principles, methods, and applications of epidemiology. Distinguished faculty from academic centers and governmental agencies throughout the United States and other countries are responsible for introductory and advanced courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and data management. Curriculum options include one-week and three-week courses. Special evening lectures by guest speakers, and weekly social events, complement the classroom sessions.

University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR)

ISR offers training in survey research techniques and other quantitative methods in social research. Programs range from summer courses to master’s and doctoral degrees.

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