The Two-Year Academic Fellowship helps prepare trainees to become skilled clinical investigators or administrators. The Academic Fellowship builds upon the One-Year Clinical Fellowship and adds research or administrative opportunities during the second year. Trainees select research topics based on areas of personal interest. Fellows who are interested in administration have opportunities to work with medical directors as mentors in premiere retirement communities. Some Fellows may choose to pursue an MPH at the highly ranked UNC School of Public Health.
During the second year of the fellowship, trainees spend a predominant amount of time in research with remaining time allocated to clinical work (approximately 20-30%). The mentoring relationship plays a critical role during this process. Trainees are paired with a mentor whose interests complement those of the fellow and the selected project. In addition, trainees have an opportunity to participate in administrative educational activities such as organizing and running the journal club.
During this second year, fellows begin a comprehensive research project which can last one to two years. In addition, depending upon the course of the study, trainees may fulfill the requirements for American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) board certification, and upon completion of the year, are eligible to take the Certified Medical Director examination.