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Research is essential for improving the quality of emergency medical care and developing effective diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for novel emergent conditions. Although there are many paths to a successful career in medical research, mentored research training is the most widely accepted approach. The Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina’s Department of Emergency Medicine leverages outstanding research expertise and resources within the department, methodology training opportunities through top-ranked UNC Gillings School of Public Health, and a strong cross-campus culture of collaboration to give emergency physicians the skills to develop a research career. Because the transition to independent research funding following residency typically takes 4-6 years, for Fellows who want to pursue an independent research career, focus during the Fellowship is placed on supporting the transition to a career development award to allow further training.

Program Director

Research Experience

All Fellows will gain training in ED-based data collection, analysis, manuscript preparation, peer-review, and research ethics. In general, these skills will be developed through hands-on experience. For Fellows who have not completed an MPH or equivalent degree, we anticipate some formal coursework at the School of Public Health during the Fellowship year. For Fellows who will be applying for an NIH career development award, emphasis will be placed on collection of preliminary data and grant preparation. The research subject will be defined by the Fellow with input from mentors and Fellowship leaders.

Program Benefits

Education, Training, and Networks

  • Course work at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • New investigator training program through the UNC Office of Clinical Trials
  • Outstanding general and content-specific research mentorship

Clinical Excellence

  • Academic and community clinical practice
  • Clinical supervision of residents and mid-level providers

Other Benefits

  • Full Medical/Dental/Vision Plan
  • Matching 401K
  • CME funds