Research Period at UIHC or VA

Year One

Two months of the first year are not assigned to clinical rotations. Part of this time is vacation. During the remaining time, the fellow is expected to meet with a number of faculty members to be introduced to the faculty’s research activities. At the end of that time, the fellow selects a faculty member to be his/her research mentor. The majority of the research activities will occur during the second year of fellowship.

Goals and Objectives:

During the first year the fellow develops a research or other scholarly project. The fellow is introduced to the basics of hypothesis development, design, protocol development, statistical analysis, and data collection. The project can be clinically or basic science oriented.

Teaching Environment: 

  • One on one mentoring with ID attendings or basic science researcher
  •  Research conference
  •  Research seminars

Evaluation:

Feedback on day to day progress on the project by involved faculty member(s). Written evaluation by the research mentor. The fellow presents his/her research ideas and findings at Research Conference. The fellow will provide written evaluations of the rotation to the fellowship director.

Year Two

The second year of the fellowship is dedicated to research. There will be approximately two or three months of clinical work. The fellow selected a faculty member during the first year. This mentor will guide his/her research activity and development during the second and subsequent years (if any).

Goals and Objectives:

During this year, the fellow is to develop, implement and complete a scientific (or scholarly) research project to demonstrate that he/she has learnt the basics of hypothesis development, design, protocol development, statistical analysis, and data collection. The project can be clinically or basic science oriented. It is expected that the results will be submitted to national scientific meeting and/or journal.

Teaching Environment:

  • One on one mentoring with ID attendings or basic science researcher
  • Research conference
  • Research seminars

Evaluation:

Feedback on day to day progress on the project. Written evaluation by the research mentor. The fellow presents his/her research findings at Research Conference. The fellow will provide written evaluations of the rotation to the fellowship director.

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