One of the most significant assets to fellows training UT Southwestern Medical Center is the extraordinary breadth and depth of basic and clinical research of the institution's faculty.
UT Southwestern has more Nobel laureates and more National Academy of Sciences members than any other medical school in the nation and ranks in the top ten U.S. medical schools in terms of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
Another significant asset to fellows training at UT Southwestern is the unusual fluidity of the institution, facilitating extensive collaboration among faculty and trainees of different departments and divisions. Fellows therefore have the opportunity to engage in basic, translational and clinical research within or outside the boundaries of the Infectious Diseases division.
Fellows also have an opportunity to receive formal training and an MS in clinical research through the UT Southwestern Center for Biostatistics and Clinical Sciences. Fellows who demonstrate strong productivity in clinical or basic research are highly competitive for UT Southwestern Clinical or Basic Science Endowed Scholars Awards, which are prestigious awards that provide start-up funds for new research junior faculty.
Fellows are encouraged to identify a faculty member with expertise in their area of interest as a mentor early in their training. This faculty member will be primarily responsible for mentoring the fellow's research, and will be part of his or her mentoring committee, together with a clinical mentor, the Division fellowship training program director, and the Infectious Disease Division Chief.
Goals and Objectives
Under the mentorship of one of our clinical or basic science research faculty, fellows engage in scholarly work with the objective of presenting original work at a regional or national meeting and submitting at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. During this process, fellows gain experience in:
- Principles of design, conduct, and analysis of research protocols
- Preparation of applications for grant support and IRB applications
- Preparation of manuscripts for presentation and publication, including case reports, original articles and book chapters, in conjunction with mentoring faculty
Research Programs and Mentors
Within and outside of the Infectious Disease Division, fellows will be exposed to a breath and depth of basic and clinical research programs paralleled by few other academic institutions.
Fellows are encouraged to identify a research interest as early as possible, and the program director is available to help them contact the faculty member most suitable to serve as a mentor for their identified area of research interest. The fellow's research focus can be clinical, translation, basic science, or epidemiological. As mentioned above, the research mentor may or may not be a member of the Division.
Fellows' research activities will usually be supported by their mentors' grants. They are also encouraged to apply for intra- or extramural support with the help of the mentor.