Clinical and Translational Research Training in Urology
This training program provides fellows with the necessary background in biostatistics, epidemiology and clinical study design, health service research and an opportunity to apply these clinical research skills in a mentored setting.
- Year One
The trainee will participate in all coursework required by the Rackham Graduate School to obtain a Master’s Degree. The trainee has the opportunity to select one of the following degrees: Master of Publich Health in Epidemiology, Master of Science in Clinical Research and Statistical Design, Master of Science in Health Administration or Master of Science in Health Services Research.The concepts and methodology behind clinical and health service research will be taught in detail, and trainees will learn how to solve problems relating to the incidents and outcomes of human disease using specific examples. Emphasis will be placed on understanding various aspects of clinical study designs, analyses and implications for health care. Electives are available and can be selected from the vast offerings within the School of Public Health. Trainees will identify a research mentor and begin to plan their main clinical research project. Together with the mentor, the trainee will design a study protocol following the NIH format for a major clinical research project that will be completed in the second year of this program. Emphasis in this training program will be placed on training in preparation for submitting NIH level grants.
- Year Two
By the beginning of year two, the fellow will have acquired many of the skills necessary to carry out a high quality clinical research endeavor, and will be expected to put these skills into practice. He or she will be required to initiate, complete, and report in a peer-reviewed journal an independent clinical research project relevant to Urology. Existing databases in the Department of Urology include benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer detection, radical prostatectomy, bladder cancer, impotence, female and reconstructive urology, and a population-based cohort study of prostate diseases in African American men. These databases exemplify the breadth of clinical research topics from which trainees may choose.
Trainees must commit 40 hours pre week to the program and its related research activities, consonant with NRSA regulations. Within the full-time training period, research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. This will ensure the trainee has sufficient time to attend classes. To maintain surgical skills and remain involved in clinical medicine, trainees may elect to participate in clinical care beyond the 40 hours per week of the program. The additional clinical effort will be limited to 20 hours per week.
During the course of the training program, trainees are expected to participate in U-M conferences/seminars conducted within the University of Michigan Medical Center. These are designed to provide the trainee with exposure to clinical urology, research ethics, basic science research and health services research. The Department of Urology offers weekly conferences in Urologic Oncology, Pediatric Uroradiology, Uropathology and Grand Rounds. In addition, the trainee will participate in PIBS 507-508: An Introduction to Translational Research Seminars offered by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research.
Trainees are expected to complete all required coursework and fulfill requirements of the Rackham Graduate School. In addition, he/she is required to carry out a well-designed clinical research project using primary data collection or secondary datasets, to present this research at regional and national meetings, and to have at least one scientific manuscript based on this project submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.
Loan Repayment Program
Trainees of this program are eligible for support from NIH in repaying educational loans
1. Be committed to an academic research career in Urology
2. Be highly regarded as physicians by those responsible for their clinical training
3.Plan to complete the clinical requirements for Urologic ACGME-approved training program by the date of entry into the program (with the exception of University of Michigan applicants who may substitute their laboratory research year for the first year of this training program)
4. Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident
All applicants are required to submit their curriculum vitae, along with at least three letters of support, and the completed application. (PDF version). Applicants that receive a favorable review will be invited for an interview at which time official copies of undergraduate and medical school transcripts should be submitted. Requests for more information and an application should be directed to: Lora Allen, Residency Coordinator, Department of Urology, 3875 Taubman Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5330, Phone: (734) 615-0563, Fax: (734) 936-8037.
John T. Wei, M.D., M.S.Professor
James E. Montie, M.D. Professor