The research fellowship will require a minimum of two years to complete with the option of an additional third year. The overall goals of the fellowship are to: (1) complete a research-based Master degree program; (2) fulfill additional learning objectives as outlined for the fellowship (3) complete at least one clinical research study with the fellow functioning as the PI; (4) benefit from diverse, intensive mentored, and adjunctive educational opportunities; and (5) submit at least one (but likely more) grant applications for career development or pilot grant funding.
During the two-year training period, the fellow will learn material from 15 core content areas, integrated between advanced methodological coursework, applied research, and mentorship. The core content areas include: (1) identification of an area of focus; (2) hypothesis development; (3) research design; (4) data collection; (5) data monitoring; (6) data analyses; (7) research presentation; (8) manuscript development and publication; (9) grant funding; (10) project management; (11) research ethics; (12) regulatory requirements; (13) informatics; (14) clinical and teaching skills; and (15) academic career development. As program directors, Drs. Haukoos and Ginde will be responsible for assessing and documenting the adequacy of knowledge and experience in each of the 15 areas in conjunction with the other mentors.
As a broad overview, the learning objectives will be fulfilled through: (1) completion of the fellow’s primary research project; (2) meetings with the fellow’s mentors; (3) completion of an advanced degree in research methods; (4) presentation at local, regional, and national scientific meetings; and (5) continued clinical experience as an attending emergency physician at Denver Health Medical Center or the University of Colorado Hospital.
Several options exist for formal advanced research training in Colorado, including but not necessarily limited to the following Master degree programs: (a) Master of Science in Clinical Sciences (Graduate School and CCTSI, University of Colorado Denver); (b) Master of Science in Epidemiology (Department of Epidemiology, CSPH); (c) Master of Science in Health Services Research (Department of Health Systems, Management, and Policy, CSPH); and (d) Master of Public Health with 14 different areas of concentration (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, global health, health services research, health systems, management, and policy) (Colorado School of Public Health).
Fellows will matriculate into one of the Master-level programs at the outset of the fellowship. If a fellow already has an advanced research degree, formal matriculation into a degree-granting program may be replaced with selected coursework to augment prior training. Fellows may also elect to matriculate into doctoral programs in epidemiology, clinical sciences, or health services research with the intention of completing coursework during the fellowship but completing the dissertation portion after fellowship; a doctoral degree is not a requirement of the fellowship. Dr. Haukoos (Program Co-Director) has appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, CSPH, as well as the Clinical Sciences Graduate Program, University of Colorado Denver; Dr. Ginde (Program Co-Director) has an appointment in the Department of Epidemiology, CSPH; and both will facilitate fellow integration into the programs.