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Residents Research Opportunities Program

Residents Research Opportunities Program

The 2013 program form will soon be available here.

INBRE offers mentored resident research activities for talented and motivated University of Nevada School of Medicine Residents including a course in research design and statistics offered by the UC Davis faculty associated with the Clinical and Translational Science Center. The program includes a 3-month mentored research opportunity and a didactic training in clinical research methods course developed in collaboration with the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center.

Topics covered in Clinical Epidemiology and Study Design:

  • The anatomy and physiology of conducting clinical epidemiologic research
  • The three basic study designs (cross-sectional, case-control, and cohort, including experimental trials) and their conduct, strengths, and limitations
  • Sources of secondary data, their strengths and limitations, including meta-analysis
  • Principles of measurements in clinical epidemiological studies, including the use of questionnaires, precision, accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and predictive accuracy
  • Basic methods for analyzing data, including descriptive and analytic statistical approaches
  • Introduction to basic statistical software packages, including NQuery, EpiInfo, STATA, and others
  • Ethical issues involved in conducting clinical epidemiologic research
  • Funding sources

INBRE provides support for up to six University of Nevada School of Medicine Residents to attend a course in clinical study design and funds (up to $3,000) to conduct a research project.

Interested medical residents can apply with a short pre-proposal outlining a proposed project, a budget, and identifying a mentor. The ability of the mentor to support the research and to provide quality mentoring will be an important selection factor. Mentors must be engaged in translational or clinical research.

In years 1 and 2 of the project, the residents selected for funding will attend the one week course
in Clinical Epidemiology and Study Design covering basic skills needed to conduct epidemiologic
research collaboratively with fellow health professionals. The course takes a practical approach using didactic and hands-on workshop sessions. At the end of the course students will develop their pre-proposal into a research project and begin their research.

In year 3 and subsequently, the residents will attend an introduction to clinical research course in Nevada taught by School of Medicine faculty and the INBRE Bioinformatics Core. The development of this course will be aided by collaboration with the faculty at UC Davis who will mentor the Nevada faculty and provide course material. Making such a course available to all Nevada residents will substantially enrich the research component of the residency programs and the quality of the training offered to the residents.

For information about participating in the Residents Research Opportunities Program, contact Dr. Miriam Bar-on mbar-on@medicine.nevada.edu or (702) 671-6400.

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