During the first year, the fellow participates in a course on research design offered through the LEND Program. One month of the first year is devoted to research. During this month the fellow meets with potential research mentors to discuss possible areas of research, chooses a mentor and the area of the research project and begins meeting with the research team. A literature review is started in the area chosen and the fellow begins reading the necessary background material. It is expected that by the end of the first year the fellow will have selected a specific research mentor and area of research.
Research seminars are held monthly. The faculty is invited to use this forum to discuss their ongoing research and the fellow provides a progress report on the development of his or her research.
At least five, and no more than 11 months of the second year provide 80 percent protected time for research. In the development of the project and its execution, the fellow works closely with the research mentor and research collaborators. It is expected that by the end of the second year the fellow will have obtained all necessary training, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval and funding for his or her research and will be ready to implement the research project.
The third year provides 80 percent protected time for research activities. It is expected that during the third year, under the guidance of the faculty research mentor, the fellow will complete subject recruitment, data collection and entry, data analysis and prepare a written summary of the research. The fellow is strongly encouraged to present research at local and national meetings as a poster presentation and submit research findings to a peer-reviewed journal.