The research fellowship will include both a formal didactic component and practical research experience that will provide a well-rounded experience in study design, study execution, manuscript preparation, and grant writing.
The didactic portion of the fellowship training may take one of several forms. Trainees will have the option of completing a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and biostatistics or a research certificate from the OHSU Human Investigations Program. Applicants who already hold a research credential are also invited to apply for the fellowship. Coursework in advanced research methods, health administration and policy, and/or medical informatics is available to supplement the existing background as the trainees’ interests dictate. Additional details about the programs are given below.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The OHSU MPH degree, emphasizing epidemiology and biostatistics, can be completed in six or seven quarters as part of the research fellowship. The curriculum includes courses in epidemiologic methods, biostatistics, health systems organization, research ethics, the foundations of public health, and current issues in public health. These courses will provide the methodological foundation required for successful health services research. Electives in health economics, health administration, and health policy topics can supplement the fellows’ content expertise. Additional information about the MPH curriculum can be found at http://www.ohsu.edu/som-PubHealth.
Human Investigations Program (HIP)
The OHSU HIP, developed and administered jointly by the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) and the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, is funded via a K30 award from NIH. The program is a two-year certificate program providing training in all phases of clinical research including epidemiologic research methods, biostatistics, evidence-based medicine, outcomes research methods, and medical informatics methods. Additional information can be found on the HIP website.
Additional Coursework Options
Fellows who already hold an advanced research degree may elect to take coursework that is individualized to focus on areas that augment their previous training and experience. In addition to coursework available in the MPH program and the HIP, the OHSU DMICE offers coursework in the areas of medical informatics, statistics, medical decision-making and outcomes research. Additional information about the curriculum can be found on the DMICE website. Portland State University (PSU), located two miles from the OHSU campus, is also home to an MPH degree program in Health Administration and Policy and offers other courses that may be of interest to health services research fellows.
Each fellow is assigned to a faculty mentor whose research interests most closely match those of the fellow. Faculty and fellow work closely together in developing and conducting a series of research projects, designed to give the fellow practical experience in the research methodologies that will be essential for success in the fellow's content area.
In addition, the content expertise of all of the core CPR-EM faculty and of the other 39 OHSU DEM faculty members will be available to the fellows. The CPR-EM’s ties with other departments will allow fellows with a primary interest in basic science research to be assigned mentors from other departments; these fellows will meet regularly with core CPR-EM faculty and will remain tightly integrated with in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
The research training will be tailored to the fellows’ specific needs and will include preparing a presentation of the findings for a national meeting (if the abstract is accepted for presentation) as well as writing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Finally, the research training will include intensive work in preparing a research grant application that will, if successful, lead to research funding by the time the fellow seeks a faculty appointment after the training program.
As part of the fellows’ faculty development, they will function as a junior attending physician in the OHSU Emergency Department for a limited number of shifts per month. They will also be invited to attend faculty meetings, in order to enhance their understanding of the nature of a faculty position in an academic Department of Emergency Medicine.
Fellowships are awarded for a two-year period. It is expected that most fellows will begin the fellowship program in July and the didactic portion of the program the following fall quarter. However, applicants with relevant graduate training experience may be granted an exception to the July start date. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The research fellows will earn a competitive full-time fellowship salary, including full benefits. Tuition, travel funds, office space, and computing resources will be provided.