Such activities may take the form of a clinical or basic science research project; a critical review of the literature on a timely and important critical care topic; investigation of a case that sheds important insight into mechanisms of disease; or a systems process improvement project that contributes substantially to the cost-effectiveness and/or safety of the practice of critical care medicine. In all cases, the fellow will be advised and mentored by a faculty member skilled in the type of scholarly activity that the fellow has chosen. It is expected that scholarly projects will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or presentation of abstracts at regional or national meetings
All first year fellows are expected to take the Clinical Research Methods Course offered each September by the DHMC office of Graduate Medical Education. This week long course includes topics related to: (i) the ethical conduct of research, (ii) the design and interpretation of research studies, (iii) responsible use of informed consent, subject recruitment and working with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), (iv) statistical methodology, (v) writing research proposals, and the use of MS Excel for data analysis and management.
The Critical Care Fellowship Program assumes that fellows will spend a substantial portion of their 12 non-core months engaged in an independent, supervised research project.