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Research Experience

The goal of the Division’s research training is to allow fellows to pursue a project in their area of interest while providing them with a high quality experience that fosters intellectual development. We are committed to providing whatever support is necessary to allow our fellow to be successful in their research careers.

First Year

The research training process begins approximately in January of the first year which is a designated research month. First year fellows:

  1. Meet with the Program Director to discuss their research interests;
  2. Review the potential projects submitted by faculty mentors, both inside and outside of the Division, which are housed on the shared drive in a designated pulmonary research folder;
  3. Arrange to meet with various faculty to discuss potential projects and have serial meetings with the Program Director until reaching a decision on what project and mentor they wish to choose; and
  4. Rank their choices of desired projects.

Mentors rank their choices of fellows and the Fellowship Committee reviews these lists to ensure an optimal "match" of fellow to mentor. Once a primary mentor is chosen, the fellow is also assigned two additional mentor-level faculty who with the primary mentor compose a mentor panel for that fellow. The fellow meets with this panel at least quarterly during years two and three to review their research progress and to offer advice to facilitate their research project.

The fellows’ actual research experience (time) will begin in the second year. First year fellows are not expected to do any research. First year fellows are expected to submit one clinical manuscript during their first year. 

Second Year

The goal of the second year is for fellows to develop a project and obtain preliminary data with the goal of presenting at a national conference, such as the ATS, ACCP, FASEB or SCCM.

At the beginning of this year, fellows and their mentors develop the fellow’s research project. During this time fellows begin to learn the various techniques involved particularly required basic science laboratory techniques.

Clinical Research

For fellows pursuing clinical research, OSU has a formal training program for clinical research. The program consists of didactic course work integrated with a research project. At the conclusion of the 2-year program, fellows will receive a Masters in Clinical Research and are expected to have written a research grant. There is also a clinical research MPH program that may be better suited for some fellow’s research projects.

All F2 fellows will take some graduate level courses in clinical research, such as statistics, clinical trial study design, ethics, etc.

Third Year

The major goal of the third year research experience is to help the fellow make career decisions and aid in their career preparation.

During the third year, fellows continue work on their ongoing research projects with the expectation of presenting their continuing results at national conferences and completing a manuscript.

All fellows are expected to have one or more research publications during their fellowship. Fellows are also expected to write a research grant during their third year regardless of whether they are in basic science or clinical research.

Our division has a T-32 training award from the NIH so there is the opportunity to fund fellows who may need additional time to complete their research proposals.