We are committed to recruiting the best and brightest physicians who are interested in biomedical investigation. We have not only developed extensive resources to support fellowship training in basic, translational, clinical, and outcomes research, but we have identified additional resources to support the critical transition from fellow to faculty.
K12: Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program (Roadmap K12 Program). In September 2005, the University of Maryland was awarded a Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career Development Program award (Roadmap K12 Program), one of a handful of such programs in the nation. This institutional grant provides resources to support the early career development of clinical researchers involved in patient-oriented research, translational research, small- and large-scale clinical investigation and trials, and epidemiologic and natural history at levels equivalent Support is provided to qualified individuals at levels comparable to NIH K23 awards.
K30 Program: K30 grants are awarded by the NIH to institutions to support the development of curriculums that teach the methodologic research skills required for high caliber clinical research. At the University of Maryland, the K30 provides support for the faculty who teach the courses that are a part of the Masters of Science in Clinical Research and other didactic offerings.
The Master of Science degree in Clinical Research is designed specifically to meet the needs of the clinician or clinician-in-training by providing a combination of course work and research experiences needed for a successful career in clinical investigation. The curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of clinical research methodology, biostatistics, and research ethics and will provide participants with the necessary skills to conduct independent clinical research, to teach, and to mentor others. Graduates will have gained the ability to identify important clinical questions, develop research protocols, generate pilot data, conduct clinical investigations, analyze and write the results in a publishable form and develop and submit grant proposals. The program will prepare students to be competitive in seeking external support and be knowledgeable in the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research.
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K23 Award: An NIH funded, individual career development grant to develop clinical investigators is supported by the didactic coursework and infrastructure in the K30-funded Department of Epidemiology program. Workshops in grant writing are provided by the University. A large list of potential mentors are available within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine and throughout the University of Maryland. Additional resources include the GCRC, the Division's participation in ARDSNet and the COPD Clinical Research Network, Dr. Finkelstein's research in computer-assisted home-based management of patients with lung disease, the Airways Research Center, the Cytokine Core Laboratory, and the Combined Clinical Care Research Center.
K08 Award: An NIH funded, individual career development grant to develop physician scientists is supported by the Division's introduction to basic research course, several outstanding mentors in the Division (Drs. Liggett, Hasday, Singh, Atamas, Goldblum, Vogel, Cowan) as well as our affiliated faculty in the Mucosal Biology Research Center and the Inflammation Research Group.
VA Career Development: We are fortunate to have a VA medical center on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, which allows us to have a single clinical and research faculty cover both the University and VA programs. This center has been a perennial leader in research funding among VA medical centers nationally. The VA has a very attractive career development program for physicians.