Research fellows

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Postdoctoral research fellows in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit work on designing interventions as well as designing and conducting clinical trials of interventions to promote shared decision-making.

Examples of current areas of focus include:

  • Decision aids
  • Redesign of clinical offices
  • Health policy interventions
  • Sharing quantitative information with patients about novel diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Clinical decisions and treatment adherence in patients with chronic conditions
  • Interventions in usual primary care settings

A research background in applied psychology, health policy or health services is highly desired. Knowledge of health services and clinical research methodology, adequate written and oral communication skills, and a commitment to teamwork are required. A history of successfully funded grants is a plus.

Research trainees

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The research trainee program provides a solid mentored research experience with hands-on, one-on-one mentoring. This is a full-time, one-year program. Start dates are flexible. Research trainees are responsible for their own expenses, and no stipend is provided.

Each trainee participates in and conducts a clinical research project, doable in the program time frame. Trainees have designated research space and a computer at the KER Unit, working among our team.

As part of the mentored research experience, trainees can develop skills to conduct knowledge synthesis research (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) or clinical trials associated with improving the quality of clinical decision-making. Trainees also receive formal instruction on literature searching and critical appraisal of the literature, and engage in teamwork with Mayo research professionals in the KER Unit.

Trainees can expect to participate in at least one manuscript and generate at least three abstracts as first authors. The KER Unit covers travel and presentation expenses for accepted work at national conferences.

We present often at the annual meetings of professional organizations, and our collaborators have presented work conducted at the KER Unit at major national meetings. The experience includes individualized coaching for scientific writing and poster or podium presentations. Other authorship opportunities often are available.

Other benefits for trainees include access to seminars and lectures across Mayo Clinic and the opportunity to take classes at Mayo Graduate School.