The Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine offers several tracks for a research fellowship. Fellows will be paired with a faculty member in the department with expertise in the fellow's research area of interest. Each fellowship track is designed to mold aspiring academic emergency physicians into clinical research scientists and nationally recognized leaders in Emergency Medicine research. This research fellowship is one of the 14 SAEM approved research fellowships .
The first year of the two-year program concentrates on didactic coursework and conducting preliminary work on a research project in an area of programmatic interest to the scholar within the Department of Emergency Medicine under the mentorship of one of the department's basic science, clinical science, or public health researchers. During the second year, fellows will finish their research and develop a grant proposal. Current areas of emphasis include neurosciences, injury control, intimate partner violence, and public health surveillance.
Research fellows will take specific courses in methodology and statistics as well as any elective courses the fellow identifies an interest in. The fellow does not need to complete a master's degree, although this option is offered by our department. Fellows that are interested in obtaining a degree may apply for Emory's two-year Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree program. This NIH-funded initiative is designed to teach physicians the fundamentals of research methodology, statistics, and clinical trials design. For acceptance into the program through the Department of Emergency Medicine, applicants will have to meet the regular entrance requirements of the Emory Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences as well as those of the Department of Epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health, and receive one of the NIH tuition-funded slots.
To provide mentored research career development in Emergency Medicine research as evidenced by: publications in peer-reviewed Emergency Medicine and general readership medical journals; local, national, and international recognition as a content expert in an area of focus; and demonstrated skill in grant writing that leads to sustained extramural funding from national funding agencies.
Emory's Department of Emergency Medicine is one of the most academically productive departments of Emergency Medicine in the country, with federally-funded research grants in basic science, clinical science, and public health. For those applicants accepted into the Masters of Science in Clinical Research Program, formal coursework and a mentored thesis lead to the Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) degree from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. This provides the defined credentials and knowledge necessary to allow graduates of the program to pursue outstanding careers in clinical research. The MSCR program should be completed within two years. The first year includes required and elective didactic courses. The second year consists primarily of a mentored research project and thesis. The MSCR degree program is enhanced by special seminars, workshops, didactic courses, guest speakers, journal club, newsletter, Web site links and other interactions that enhance cognitive and practical aspects of clinical research.