Clinical Research

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina has eight funded positions for 12 months of formal training in clinical research. Research Fellows will also have the option to earn a Certificate in Clinical Research Program (CCR) through the MUSC College of Graduate Studies. The 19-credit hour certificate includes courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, team science, grants overview amongst others and is ideal for clinical specialists, residents, medical trainees and fellows.

This fellowship is ideally suited to medical students seeking a research year between their third and fourth years of medical school, and recent graduates interested in training in Otolaryngology and seek to improve their existing research experience in preparation for the Match in otolaryngology. Candidates must come from U.S. accredited allopathic medical schools.

The goal of this program is to provide junior trainees the skills required to develop a career in multidisciplinary clinical and translational research relevant to otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.

Mentors will create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for each research fellow, focusing on the six competencies: Scientific Knowledge, Research Skills, Communication, Professionalism, Management and Leadership Skills, Responsible Conduct of Research, and Career Advancement.

This research fellowship offers a unique opportunity to become involved in a variety of clinical research projects, all of which are conducive to obtaining peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international meetings. The fellow will be expected to organize and carry out multiple clinical research projects throughout the year. There will be formal training through lectures and one-on-one mentoring on study design, IRB application, data collection, biostatistics, manuscript writing, oral/poster presentation, and interview skills. There are typically multiple projects at various stages of completion in progress at any point in time. Excellent organizational and writing skills are required.

Projects are predominantly clinical trials, clinical outcomes research using databases, meta-analysis, and translational research in the areas of Otology, Neurotology, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sinus Surgery and Rhinology, Head and Neck Cancer, and Pediatric Otolaryngology.

Principal Investigators:
Terry A. Day, M.D.
Lucinda A. Halstead, M.D.
Joshua D. Hornig, M.D.
Paul R. Lambert M.D.
Eric J. Lentsch, M.D.
Ted A. Meyer, M.D., Ph.D.
Theodore R. McRackan, M.D.
Shaun A. Nguyen, M.D., FAPCR
Krishna G. Patel, M.D., Ph.D.
Rodney J.Schlosser, M.D.

The successful applicant will benefit greatly from collaboration and interactions with outstanding clinicians and clinician researchers within the MUSC ENT family. Interested candidates who are hard-working, passionate, empathetic, high-achieving, and kind are encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to:

Shaun A. Nguyen, M.D., FAPCR
Professor, Director of Clinical Research
Medical University of South Carolina

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