Introduction to research
The first month of research in the first year is spent on introductory online courses in the conduct of good clinical research, the protection of human research subjects, and statistical methodology are completed. Finding appropriate mentors, planning and initiating research projects, and writing case reports are often performed during this time.
Structured training in scholarly activity
Fellows may choose one of three tracks to focus their scholarly activity training efforts.
- Clinical/translational/basic research methodology
- Quality improvement methodology
- Medical education methodology
Each track includes specialized mentors, institutional resources, training courses, and associated national meetings so that each trainee receives the necessary resources to meet their career goals. Cross-over between tracks is possible in specialized circumstances.
The remaining 11 months of research time in the first three years are spent executing the project, presenting the results at a national meeting, and writing/publishing the manuscript. Many opportunities exist to perform more than one project if the fellow chooses. In addition, those interested in a career in research have the opportunity to take graduate coursework, and write/obtain grant support for future studies.
Due to strong mentorship and divisional involvement in multicenter research, our fellows have a strong record of academic productivity. Since 2010, current and former fellows of our program have secured a number of national honors that attest to their excellence, available institutional resources, and the commitment to mentoring by our faculty. These honors include:
- Eight fellows obtained grant funding to further their careers in clinical research at MUSC: from the NIH, the Pediatric Heart Network, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Society of Echocardiography, American Academy of Pediatrics, Mend a Heart Foundation and Leducq Foundation Transatlantic Network for Cardiovascular Research
- Seven fellows obtained grants from the NIH as part of the highly competitive NIH Loan Repayment Program, which rewards fellows who dedicate their careers to academics
- Eleven fellows were selected as finalists at Young Investigator Competitions at national scientific association meetings.
- Three fellows have led NIH/NHLBI Pediatric Heart Network writing committees
- Fellows have published more than 70 manuscripts
- Fellows have presented more than 80 abstracts at scientific meetings