Trainees in the clinician-investigator training program may incorporate two years of uninterrupted research training into their residency or fellowship program.
In many programs, the total length of the clinician-investigator track does not exceed that of the traditional clinical training program. At Mayo Clinic, however, the program is designed to prepare trainees to serve as leaders in academic medicine.
Educational activities offered throughout the research and clinical training period include:
- Clinician-Investigator Seminar
Clinician-investigator trainees, assisted by a mentor or advisor, organize and present an interactive seminar integrating basic science with clinical medicine. A discussion panel of Mayo staff clinician-investigators, experts in the field of academic medicine, participates.
- Departmental Research Seminars
During the two-year research block, trainees attend and participate in journal clubs, tutorials, courses and seminar series organized by the departments in which they are assigned.
- Clinical Research Unit (CRU) Clinical Research Curriculum
A monthly one-hour course given by various clinician-investigators covers specific issues of clinical research, such as:
- NIH grant writing workshop
- Clinical research trials design and implementation
- Medical statistics
- Medical ethics
- Manuscript writing
- Public presentation
- Mayo Graduate School Courses
Trainees are encouraged to select Mayo Graduate School courses of direct relevance to their training. Graduate courses are available in the following graduate programs:
- Biochemistry & Structural Biology
- Cell Biology & Genetics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Molecular Neuroscience
- Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
- Tumor Biology
- Virology & Gene Therapy.
- Invited Speakers
Clinician-investigator trainees have frequent opportunities to attend and interact with invited speakers prominent in the field of academic medicine. The interaction provides the opportunity to learn from role model academicians and to build relationships with national leaders in academic medicine.
Evaluation and Career Development
Trainees' performance and progress is evaluated carefully throughout the program to ensure trainees acquire adequate knowledge and develop technical skills. You'll meet periodically with your supervising mentor and a faculty member to discuss the program and your ultimate career goals.
Mayo Clinic recruits many of its staff physicians from its own training programs. Attractive career opportunities may be available at one of Mayo's group practices in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
The clinician-investigator training program is flexible enough to allow the possibility of pursuing a master's degree in biomedical science or clinical research. Some trainees choose to obtain a doctorate degree in a basic science. The doctorate requires additional time to complete the required course work.