The second and third years of fellowship are designed to be focused research years.
To ensure maximum productivity, clinical responsibilities are limited to the following:
- One continuity clinic per week
- One to four weeks of Inpatient service per year
- Five to eight weekend coverage per year
- One major holiday coverage per year
The remainder of this protected time is spent pursuing a supervised research initiative tailored to the specific interests of the fellow. Fellows may pursue projects in basic, translational, or clinical research arena with any faculty mentors in our division, in the Department of Pediatrics, in other departments within the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, or the greater Case Western Reserve University academic community. Decisions regarding the appropriate locale for research training are made in concert with clinical / research advisors and the fellowship program director. A three-member scholarly oversight committee (SOC) will oversee the progress of fellow trainee via semi-annual research presentation and progress briefing.
Formal training is required for all projects, and those pursuing training in clinical research are encouraged to take courses in epidemiology and biostatistics. Selected fellows who have chosen to focus on clinical research may compete for advanced training in clinical research available through Case Western Reserve University’s Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP). A Master of Science degree is available for those who successfully complete a rigorous curriculum accompanied by an intensive program of mentored research. Senior fellows will also have an opportunity to gain additional clinical decision-making skills by participating in the Inpatient hematology and oncology service as a “pre-Attending” after consulting with the fellowship program director.
Funding for second and third year training are available through various means. Fellow trainees are highly encouraged to begin the process of thinking, developing, and writing grant proposals early in their research training. In addition, support for fellowship training is available through a generous gift of the Skirball Foundation and the Vassil Family. Laboratory and clinical mentors may also directly sponsor fellow trainees through individual funding mechanisms. Lastly, training grants are available throughout various academic departments on a competitive basis.