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Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Research

Because of the increased need for Infectious Diseases Clinical Investigators to address the growing crisis of emerging and re-emerging infections, the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School offers research training support for fellows interested in acquiring skills in the areas of clinical epidemiology and clinical trials research. This multidisciplinary, NIH-supported T32 Training Program "Infectious Diseases Training In Clinical Research" funds up to three years of research training during fellowship, supports both domestic and international research and draws upon a large number of University of Minnesota faculty members and colleagues at the Minnesota Department of Health.Our program supports up to five Infectious Diseases fellows each year.

Fellows entering this two year-training track will generally be second year fellows who have completed a clinical year of adult Infectious Diseases training.

In addition to working closely with a primary mentor on a research project related to an Emerging Infectious Disease topic (see list of training areas and primary mentors below), fellows will have an opportunity to take relevant courses in the School of Public Health. When desirable, this course work can lead to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree (for fellows interested primarily in epidemiology-focused research) or a Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Researchdegree (for fellows interested in clinical trials or other clinically based research).

Selection of a primary mentor is encouraged early in the first year of clinical training. In addition to receiving major guidance from their primary mentors regarding selection and refinement of their research projects, fellows will have the benefit of semiannual input from other faculty preceptors on the organization of their projects.

This is the primary method of supporting the research years of Academic Research Track fellows.

If you have specific questions regarding the T32 training program, please contact the principle investigator for this grant, Dr. David Boulware at boulw001@umn.edu.

Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium

The Global Health Fellowship Program, supported by the Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium and the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), provides fellows 11 months of international clinical research training. The Northern/Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium is a partnership between the Universities of Minnesota, Washington, Hawaii and Michigan; with international partnerships in Kenya, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Peru, Thailand and China. The program provides stipend support, modest research training costs, travel costs to and from the international collaborating country, and an orientation at NIH in July.
This is a tremendous source of research support for our Infectious Diseases fellows interested in Global Health research. Additional years of research training for Academic Research Track fellows are provided by the T32 training program.

If you have specific questions regarding the Global Health Fellowship Program, please visit the site here or contact the co-principle investigator for this grant, Dr. Shailendra Prasad at pras0054@umn.edu.

VA Clinical Chief Resident Positions

VA Clinical Chief Resident positions are available for research support of Infectious Diseases fellows interested in research projects based at the Minneapolis VA Hospital. These VA-based projects may involve additional research sites (University of Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minnesota Department of Health, etc.). This is the primary method of supporting the research years of Clinician Scholar Track fellows.