Training Pathways

Fellows may elect either clinically-based or laboratory-based research training pathways.

Clinically-based pathway

Fellows electing a clinically-based research training pathway and who are pursuing patient-oriented research require comprehensive and formal training in relevant fields such as clinical research design, epidemiology, health economics, and advanced biostatistical methods. These fellows will be advised to seek formal instruction in research design and statistical analysis from one or more of a number of programs and resources available on the medical campus including the:

In most instances, fellows selecting this pathway will have the opportunity to obtain a Master's Degree in Health and Healthcare Research or in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, if it is appropriate for their research career goals.  

Laboratory-based pathway

Fellows electing a laboratory-based research-training pathway will enter the laboratory of one of the Division’s mentors. In some instances, specific course(s) may serve as an adequate complement to address a trainee’s particular needs. Courses either taken or audited by past and current trainees over the past several years include:

  • Molecular Genetics (HG 541) and Human Genetics (HG 542) in the Department of Human Genetics
  • Introduction to Infectious Disease (Microbiol 505)
  • Experimental Immunology (Immunol 850)
  • Signal Transduction (Biochemistry 576)
  • Special Topics in Signal Transduction (Biochemistry 591)
  • Other courses that may be of interest to trainees include Immunology (Microbiol 440), Virology (Microbiol 415), Cellular Biotechnology (Microbiology 504), Introduction to Scientific Communication (Microbiol 512/Pharmacology 502), Molecular and Cellular Immunology (Microbiol 640)

Post-graduate fellows who have entered the Multidisciplinary Research Training Program in Lung Disease participate in a well-defined curriculum that incorporates experiential and didactic opportunities for advanced degree training.