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Program Structure

Fellowship begins July 1st of each academic year.

All fellows are involved in the following learning activities - research, professional development, and teaching. For primary care fellows, clinical duties will be in the specialty of their divisions.

Fellows will be enrolled in the Master of Science in Clinical Research and have weekly seminars based on the following core components:

  • Research Training: The research component begins in the first summer with a research institute that is designed as an introduction to research and to statistical programming. The core curriculum, which starts in the fall semester, is the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) in the Department of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Epidemiology at MUSC. Course work is supplemented with a Works in Progress seminar series with topics of research methods, critical evaluation of the literature and research opportunities with faculty involved in the program. Fellows will do an individual research project under the guidance of an advisory committee. They will also be involved in grant writing though obtaining funding is not a prerequisite for the research project. Fellows also participate in and are an integral part of a journal club designed to guide them in critical reading of the literature.
  • Education and Teaching: This area emphasizes the principles of adult education through a combination of didactic sessions, teaching opportunities and observed and evaluated teaching. Fellows are introduced to innovative strategies and technologies for teaching and evaluation. Technologies include distance learning, standardized teaching and computer based teaching.
  • Professional Development: As part of the professional development curriculum, the fellows will learn and practice communicating research results. This is to supplement the education and teaching skills curriculum and to introduce the fellows to academic culture. Seminar topics in this area include time Management, CV preparation, Writing Workshops, and Writing an Abstract. Other topics include Serving the Underserved, State of the Art in Managed Care and Community- Based Partnerships.

Program Funding

This program is funded in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations and by Department of Health and Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration and The Bureau of Health Professions.