The opportunity to participate in research is an integral component of the training program. Fellows develop a thesis project under faculty tutelage. They are encouraged to develop their own research projects, with emphasis on appropriate study design, understanding of analyses, submission and presentation at national meetings, and paper publication. Fellows must present their thesis at grand rounds for thesis defense prior to graduation and submit a version of the manuscript for publication.
Fellows have the opportunity to apply for the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research Program through Georgetown/Howard University School of Medicine and GHUCCTS (http://www.georgetownhowardctsa.org/education). If desired, this can be completed without extending the length of the fellowship. Alternatively, fellows can apply for a Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research, which involves half the credits of the Master Degree.
Fellows are guided and supported in their projects by faculty mentors, research coordinators and the resources of the MedStar Health Research Institute. The MedStar Health Research Institute coordinates the research activities of all institutions within the MedStar Health system, provides infrastructure to support clinical research and supervises the animal laboratories on site. The Office of Graduate Medical Education also offers each fellow guaranteed research grants and funding to support the presentation of research at conferences or meetings.
There is also the opportunity to make video presentations through MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab, SiTEL (http://sitel.org). Fellows have created several award-winning videos that have been presented at national meetings as well as published online in journals.
The OB/GYN department also funds each fellow to attend the Exxcellence in Clinical Research Course (https://exxcellence.org). This six day renowned research course is run by Drs. David Grimes and Kenneth Schulz with intensive introduction to epidemiology, research methods and analysis.