General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship

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Fellowship Director

Portrait of Steven Fu

Steven S. Fu, MD, MSCE

steven.fu@va.gov

The University of Minnesota Division of General Internal Medicine and the Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR) offer a Research Fellowship designed to prepare board eligible internal medicine physicians for successful careers in academic medicine. The Fellowship program provides individualized training and progressive experience in three major areas: Clinical Research; Medical Education and General Medicine Health Care Delivery.

Program Description
The Fellowship is a 2 year (with a 3rd year option) program funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The program includes formal training in research methodology leading to a masters degree, an intensive mentored research experience, and training in all aspects of professional academic life, including grant and manuscript writing, clinical teaching, research and educational presentations, and critical review of the literature.

About Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research (CCDOR)
The fellowship is housed primarily at the Minneapolis VA’s CCDOR. Founded in 1998, is comprised of an interdisciplinary community of professionals conducting methodologically rigorous, clinically relevant research intended primarily to improve the health care of veterans. The Center supports over 80 funded projects and an annual budget of over $10.5 million. There are currently 22 PhD and MD core investigators, 22 affiliate investigators, and 36 research and administrative support staff, including 10 in the biostatistical and data core. In addition there is an active post-doctoral training program for PhD investigators.

Mentoring
Each fellow is paired with a primary mentor who is responsible for the overall success of the fellow’s career and professional development. Additional content or methodology mentors may be added to the team, as necessary. CCDOR supports a formal mentoring program that includes written materials, close oversight of the mentoring process by the fellowship director, ongoing training of mentors, and protected time for senior investigators to engage in formal mentoring.