Opportunities to Earn a Master’s Degree During Fellowship
Our fellows have an opportunity to earn either a M.S. or M.P.H. degree during the second and third year of their fellowship training.
Masters in Health and Health Services Research
The University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School offers a 1 year course in Health and Health Services Research (M.Sc.) as part of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation (IHPI) Clinical Scholars Program. The curriculum is fundamentally designed to support innovative, fellow-driven original research. Throughout the fellowship, Scholars are guided by a mentorship committee of experienced faculty selected specifically for each scholar. Students participate in 3 days of class per week with courses, such as Social and Cultural Aspects of Research on Health and Society, Research Design and Analysis, Laboratory in Research Methods and Analysis, Leadership and Career Development, Research on Health Care Delivery, Financing, and Policy.
Students also complete a Research Practica under the guidance of mentors within the pediatric hematology/oncology division or IHPI. Learn more about the curriculum at the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. There may also be an opportunity for fellows to participate in the full 2 year National Clinical Scholars Program. Both programs are competitive and funding of the respective master’s degree programs will require an application process, identification of a mentoring committee, and approval by the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program.
Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis
The University of Michigan School of Public Health offers a 2 year course in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis with an opportunity for the participants to earn a master’s degree (M.S.) at the end of the course. The On Job/On Campus (OJOC) Program was developed in 1985 to provide a means for physicians, dentists, pharmacists, pharmacologists and others who are involved in clinical research to develop expertise in research design and statistical analysis while remaining in their existing employment. Course curriculum is presented over 4 days each month over 18-20 months. Fellows will complete a prospective clinical project which will be supervised by a mentor and an advisory team. Learn more about the Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis program. Program acceptance is competitive and funding will require an application process, identification of a mentorship committee, and approval by the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program
Pediatric Coagulation Specialist Training Program
The Hemophilia and Coagulation Disorders Program at the University of Michigan, with support from the National Hemophilia Foundation Clinical Fellowship Grant Program, has made a commitment to provide a unique training experience to prepare hematology fellows for a career in hemostasis and thrombosis. The University of Michigan Hemophilia and Coagulation Disorders Program includes 2 Medical Directors (1 Adult and 1 Pediatric), 3 nurse specialists, comprehensive paramedical support staff (physical therapist, dental hygienist, social worker) a full-time clinic coordinators and a research coordinator. It receives funding from the Centers for Disease Control and the Maternal Child Health Bureau and currently serves over 1100 patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders. Clinical and research faculty members at the University of Michigan (including Steven Pipe, MD, Jordan Shavit MD, PhD, Angela Weyand, MD, David Ginsburg, MD, Paula Bockenstedt, MD, and Suman Sood, MD) have made major contributions to the molecular understanding of hemostasis and thrombosis. These individuals have the skills and complimentary interests to provide a superb training environment.
Tracks with two different emphases are available: (1) On the Clinical Emphasis Track, under the supervision of the Pediatric and/or Adult Medical Director, the trainee will participate in inpatient and outpatient consultations for coagulation issues in both adult and pediatric patients, will spend 2 days/week in the outpatient clinics within the hemophilia treatment center, will become familiar with the day-to-day activities of the clinical coagulation laboratory (observing, performing and interpreting assays under supervision of the clinical laboratory director), and will develop a clinical research project in coagulation disorders or participate in an existing project. (2) Fellows may also select a Basic/Translational Research Track, making a one- or preferably two-year commitment to a basic or translational science lab under the mentoring of one of the research faculty involved in hemostasis and thrombosis research. This would be a full-time commitment to the laboratory, except for participation in outpatient coagulation clinics (no more than 1 day per week). Although U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, appropriate immigration status for post-graduate training would be necessary.