Fellows wishing to pursue training in clinical investigation begin their training with an intensive "Summer Seminar in Patient-Oriented Research" (in fact, all fellows are encouraged to take the seminar). The fellow works closely with a faculty mentor to develop areas of interest for investigation. Fellows may qualify to enter the VA Quality Scholars Program, an innovative program to enhance the care delivered to the nation's veterans.
Clinician investigator fellows continue a clinical practice but focus the majority of their efforts on research training and methodology. Participation in faculty development skills sessions is expected.