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Research Experience – BWH Endocrinology Fellowship

First Year of Fellowship

First year fellows are allowed time for independent study for two to three months of the first year. First year fellows are expected to use this time to focus their research interests and identify a mentor, and begin designing research projects to be executed during their second and third years of fellowship. During the independent study rotation, fellows do not cover the inpatient consult service, unless they are assigned to weekend on-call coverage. However, they do continue to participate in all of the scheduled ambulatory clinic rotations.

Second and Third Years of Fellowship

By the end of the first year of fellowship, fellows typically have identified a primary research mentor and formulated research projects to be conducted during the second and third years of fellowship. All second and third year fellows also attend and participate in the Endocrine Research Conference, which occurs weekly and offers the opportunity for both basic and clinical research faculty and fellows to present their ongoing research.

Some fellows choose to receive didactic training in research during their second and third years of fellowship. For fellows with an interest in clinical/translational science, an option is the Clinical Translational Research Academy (CT Academy) at Harvard Medical School. This program is free and provides one-two years of didactic training in methods essential for patient-oriented and translational research. Upon completion of this program, graduates receive a certificate of completion from Harvard Medical School, and are typically well poised for receiving ongoing mentored funding.

Several other non-degree courses are also available free of charge through Harvard Catalyst – more information is available here. A few particularly well-received courses are:

Several fellows have also participated in the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health. This program is not free of charge. However, thank to the generosity of grateful patients, the fellowship established the Robert G. Dluhy, MD, Fund for Fellowship Enrichment. Fellows can apply to this fund for support to engage in a professional development activity (beyond those offered as part of their fellowship) that will enrich their career, such as the Summer Program in Clinical Effectiveness. However, the availability of funding cannot be guaranteed as support is awarded through a competitive application process.

There are a range of other Masters level training programs that are available to fellows, described in detail below. These Programs are not free of charge and the tuition typically exceeds the funds available from the Dluhy Fund described above. Therefore, funding cannot be guaranteed- additional funds would have to be secured from other sources. These are the current Masters Program offered by Harvard Medical School.

Master in Clinical Science Operations

Provides physicians, clinicians, nurses, allied health professionals and administrators with operations management training they need to lead teams, optimize efficiency and improve the patient experience.

Master of Healthcare Quality and Safety

Equips clinicians and clinical administrators with the operational skills to lead and work effectively in quality improvement and safety initiatives within their health care organizations.

Master of Medical Science in Clinical Investigation

Delivers world-class training in the methods and conduct of clinical investigation for future leaders in patient-oriented research. New this year, a Translational Track and pathways on comparative research and clinical trials have been added.

Master of Medical Science in Immunology

Designed for students with a strong undergraduate biology background and an interest in medicine or fundamental research, as well as academic physicians who seek an in-depth knowledge of immunology to further their professional goals and research expertise.

Master of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery

Provides global health professionals with the knowledge and skills in management, program design and field-based research necessary to become leaders who impact the future of global health delivery.

Master of Medical Science in Medical Education

Gives those who already excel in one of the health sciences disciplines an opportunity to turn their specialized knowledge and skill towards the advancement of health professions education.

Master of Bioethics

Equips students with the foundational theoretical knowledge, practical skills and hands-on experience needed to engage in—and lead—the integration of ethics into meaningful work in their chosen fields.

Master of Biomedical Informatics

Develops highly-trained researchers who can integrate, interpret and act upon the large-scale, high-throughput, and complex data that are generated in the course of biomedical research and the practice of medicine.

Ursula Kaiser, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, describes research aspects of the Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program.


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