Research Programs

Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Offers a Dedicated Year of Research for Fellows

One year of the University Hospitals Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship is a dedicated thesis research year. During this time, the fellow has limited clinical responsibilities and is expected to devote near full-time efforts toward learning the latest investigative techniques and how to apply them to problems related to gynecologic malignancies. Fellows will be able to choose from basic, translational, epidemiologic or clinical projects. Although the minimal requirement involves the generation of a mentored thesis and publication of a manuscript related to that thesis, the larger focus is on developing towards independence as a clinician research scientist.

Identifying a Research Mentor

Fellows may select from a variety of potential research mentors within the institution and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and will formally interview among select potential research mentor candidates in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, epidemiology or biostatics during their first month. Fellows with specific interests that are outside the faculty areas of interest may contact additional faculty within the institution for possible mentorship; however, to be approved as a fellow’s primary research mentor, a faculty member must have a funded research program, mentoring experience and have adequate facilities and space.

The Individual Development Plan (IDP)

The training of Gynecologic Oncology fellows will be individualized based on the Fellows’ previous training, skills, research interests, and aspirations. The educational process will be formally structured with an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that is constructed (within three months of entering the program) by the fellow and an advisory committee comprising:

The IDP will enumerate all requirements of the program and will provide a framework to address progression towards independence as a clinician-researcher. However, it will be considered a flexible blueprint that can be modified in response to the fellow’s achievements, difficulties, or redirection of interests. The IDP will be reviewed twice a year by the Scholar and their advisory committee.

Grant Writing and Scientific Writing

Because of the importance of obtaining extramural funding, grant writing skills will be given emphasis as part of the IDP. To train in the process of preparing competitive proposals for K-series awards, RO3s, R21s, and RO1s, the fellow will write a grant, one section at a time, with active and constructive critiquing by their research mentor and the IDP advisory committee as outlined. This effort is aimed at producing a strong proposal that is appropriate for National Institutes of Health (NIH) submission by the end of their third year.

Coursework

In their first year, fellows will enroll in coursework through the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP) at Case Western Reserve University. Depending on their interests and background, fellows will be required to complete two relevant courses in study design, biostatistics and quantitative methods.

If the fellow chooses, they may apply these credits to obtain advanced degrees (MS) through the CRSP. This is a particularly attractive flexible two-year Master's program designed to provide MDs with coursework in clinical research methods coupled with an in-depth mentored investigative experience. Scholars in this program typically differentiate into one of four specialty tracks:

  • Clinical Trials
  • Health Services/Outcomes Research
  • Behavioral Research
  • Multidisciplinary/Translational Research

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