An active, mandatory research component is included within the fellowship training program. A meaningful research experience is provided by the inclusion of appropriate protected time for each fellow who undertakes intensive research (fellows who choose to undertake a third year do not have inpatient duties and are only required to be in the outpatient clinic one half-day each week).
Exposure to divisional research programs is initiated early in the fellowship, within the first few months, to allow the fellow adequate insight into the areas of research in preparation for the ultimate selection of a faculty member to serve as a specific research mentor for the remainder of the fellowship training program (starting in the second year, and continuing into the optional third year if desired). The immediate goal of the research experience is for the fellow to learn sound methodology in designing and performing research studies and the correct interpretation and synthesis of research data. During this phase of training, the fellow works under close guidance of the research mentor. Fellows are provided opportunities for basic science research or for work in the fields of epidemiology and health services research conducted by members of the division.