Training and Research Experience

Training/Experience in Clinical Research and Scholarship

Course Work

  • Fellows complete coursework that leads to either an MPH in epidemiology or health services research or an MS in clinical research through the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Graduate School. Tuition is covered.

Conferences and Seminars

  • Each month, fellows participate in journal clubs as well as research, teaching, and clinical conferences and workshops. Formal training in systematic reviews is offered.

Independent Research Projects

  • Fellows develop, pursue and complete 2-3 independent research projects with the guidance of mentors of their choosing.

Training in Medical Education

Fellows gain expertise in medical education including program development and evaluation. Fellows participate in workshops and seminars, directed independent reading and clinical experience with feedback from faculty.

Training in General Medicine

Fellows further their expertise in general medicine and chronic disease management. The fellowship offers a wide range of clinical experiences including a Primary Care Continuity Clinic, a Women’s Comprehensive Health Care Center and a Geriatric Rehabilitation and Education Clinical Center (GRECC).

Active Areas of Research

Within CCDOR

  • Disease Prevention/Health Promotion
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Vaccine Preventable Disease
  • Cancer Detection and Prevention
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Benign and Malignant Urological Diseases
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms and Vascular Medicine
  • Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment; Women’s Health
  • Skin Diseases
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Patient Disease Self-management
  • Quality of Care
  • Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
  • Systems Interventions

Research methodology includes clinical trials, observational epidemiology, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, surveys, database analyses, and economic analyses. Formal Centers nested within CCDOR include 2 Quality Enhancement Research & Implementation Centers, one with a focus on colorectal cancer and one with a focus on polytrauma and blast-related injuries; an AHRQ funded Evidence-based Practice Center; a Center of Excellence in Clinical Research; and a Cochrane Review Group for Prostate and Benign Urological Diseases. 

Veterans Health Administration and Minneapolis VA Health Care System

The Veterans Health Administration is a comprehensive healthcare system for the nation’s veterans and the largest managed care system in the United States. The Minneapolis VA Health Care System is a large teaching hospital with 237 acute care diagnostic and treatment beds, as well as a 104 bed extended care unit. The medical center provides primary, specialty, mental and behavioral health, extended care, and rehabilitative care to over 45,000 veteran patients. It has one of the largest education and training programs in the VA system and is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.