All fellows complete a research project of their choice during their second year. The project can be mentored by any of the diverse faculty in the division or outside the division. It can span basic science, translational, clinical or epidemiological topics. For fellows invested in an academic career, an optional 3rd year of research training is available.
Basic Science and Translational Research
Multiple faculty members and medical school resources are available to fellows interested in basic science and translational research:
- For fellows new to this type of research, formal training in laboratory techniques is available in the summer of the second year through a nine-week Postdoctoral Research Training Program. There are no clinical responsibilities during this time.
- The George M. O'Brien Renal Center at the University of Michigan offers a range of support for young investigators interested in translational research.
- Several basic science nephrology faculty members are available as mentors in diverse areas of nephrology.
Clinical Science and Epidemiology Research
Multiple faculty members and medical school resources are available to fellows interested in clinical research:
- For fellows new to this type of research, a master's level training program is offered by the Department of Biostatistics and available through the School of Public Health. The On Job/On Campus (OJOC) program is a 20-month program offering training in clinical trial design and advanced biostatistics.
- Master of Science in Clinical research is also offered through the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR).
- Formal training in Safety and Quality Improvement is available through the 5-month Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Scholars Program (PASQUAL).
- Training in medical education is available through the Community of Medical Educators in Training (CoMet).
- The U-M Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center has many ongoing research projects and administers the United States Renal Data System (USRDS).
- Arbor Research Collaborative for Health has many ongoing clinical cohort studies, including DOPPS and CureGN.
- The Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI) Clinician Scholars Program has opportunities for training in health policy research.