Mentored Research

Fellows are expected to spend 40 hours per week engaged in primary care research-related activities.

Formal research training is provided through coursework and through the conductance of an independent research project, leading to a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Investigation.

Formal coursework includes: clinical research methods, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services research methods, clinical trials design, medical informatics, grant writing, scientific integrity and the responsible conduct of research and an integrative seminar. Follow this link for more information about the MS in Clinical Investigation curriculum.

Under faculty mentorship, fellows learn and gain experience in the research process by conducting independent research projects.

Fellows learn to:

  • identify a research question
  • perform a literature search
  • address study design issues
  • submit a proposal to the Institutional Review Board
  • collect data
  • analyze data
  • write an abstract
  • present results at a research meeting
  • and write a paper that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

Fellows are closely supervised during one-on-one meetings with mentors as well as during regular fellowship and divisional research meetings.