The research component of the fellowship is designed to provide trainees with an intensive introduction to the principles and techniques of clinical or laboratory investigation. Divisional research training grants allow our fellows to pursue this on a full time basis and opportunities are available for fellows both within and outside of the Division of Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism. During the first year of the fellowship, trainees become familiar with the research interests of faculty members, both through informal interactions and their presentations in Research Conference. Fellows are also encouraged to meet individually with faculty members to discuss research interests.
After deciding on a topic and preceptor, fellows prepare a research proposal with the guidance of the preceptor. This provides useful experience in developing an experimental plan and preparing a grant application, and also helps to formally define the fellow's project. Appropriate proposals are submitted to the N.I.H. for individual National Research Service Awards by the middle of the first year.
Fellows present their work in the Division's research seminar and are encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for presentation at national meetings. Research training may be supplemented by formal graduate courses at the University. Past fellows have taken courses in fields as diverse as Clinical Study Design, Eukaryotic Genetics, and Biomedical Statistics.
For those specifically interested in clinical or translational research, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine offers Masters Degrees through three programs: Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE), Masters in Translational Research (MTR), and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
Information on these and other research training options can be found at http://www.med.upenn.edu/clinrestraining/