IR Fellowship MS Program
Medical students interested in conducting research and transferring clinical skills from “bench to the bedside,” “study to practice,” and “practice to policy” should consider participating in the University of Illinois College of Medicine Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.S. Program, a part of the University of Illinois College of Medicine M.D./M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science (M.D./M.S. C.T.S.).
Combining the strength of the University of Illinois College of Medicine with the only fully accredited School of Public Health in Illinois and the innovative clinical and translational research in the Division of Interventional Radiology, the Interventional Radiology Research Fellowship M.S. Program offers a unique opportunity for medical students to earn a Medical Doctor and Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science (M.S. C.T.S.) joint degree to formally learn about the scientific process, develop relationships with specialty mentors, and prepare for careers as clinician-scientists in academic medicine.
Graduates of the Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.S. Program have the skills to direct a broad range of clinical studies, including the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical practice, and are able to interact effectively with all of the complementary disciplines with which clinical investigators need to collaborate. The Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.D./M.S. C.T.S. Joint Degree Program is designed to prepare medical students with the skills required to combine their clinical knowledge with the knowledge and skills needed to conduct research to prepare them for careers as clinical researchers and physician scientists. These research skills enable them to conduct clinical research as residents and then in clinical practice.
Through didactic coursework, a series of workshops and seminars, and a mentored research project with Interventional Radiology faculty, the Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.S. Program helps build a new generation of skilled clinician-investigators focused on improving patient health outcomes through research. Graduates of the Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.D./M.S. C.T.S. Joint Degree Program are ready to enter and capitalize on Radiology residency and fellowship programs that provide research opportunities combined with clinical training.
As part of the M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science, students learn to communicate their insights effectively, to write well-conceived and persuasive grant application, complete research hours to collect data which is then written into a thesis paper and also formatted into a presentation for a Thesis Examining Committee. Students learn the importance of ethical treatment of their subjects and as apprentice clinical investigators, they learn how to participate in a broader multidisciplinary research community that includes basic and social scientists, as well as clinicians from other areas of clinical practice.
The joint degree program allows students to complete both degrees in 5 years. Students interested in pursuing the Department of Radiology Research Fellowship M.D./M.S. C.T.S. Joint Degree Program are encouraged to apply before the end of Phase 1 or within the first 6 months of Phase 2. Students would typically complete 3 years of medical school and then take a leave of absence during Year 4 to complete the M.S. C.T.S. curriculum. After Year 4, students return to complete their final year of medical school while also completing the mentored research and thesis requirement for the M.S. degree. All incoming medical students are eligible to participate. University of Illinois School of Public Health tuition and fees will apply for the M.S. C.T.S. portion of the program.
Participating students are provided with a paid 50% graduate student position by the Department of Radiology.
Over the past 8 years, more than 10 University of Illinois medical students have matriculated through the Interventional Radiology Research Fellowship M.S. Program. Students have been immensely academically productive, contributing to more than 100 manuscripts, 75 meeting presentations, 50 abstracts, and 5 funded grants, and have received 15 academic awards or honors. Student feedback included comments such as, “This year far exceeded my expectations; very grateful for the opportunity;” “I had a great year… I learned a lot and am much better at all aspects of the research process because of it;” “I have learned a tremendous amount this year and it was all useful and applicable to my career goals and interests.”
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