Independent Research Projects
One of the primary objectives of the training program is the completion of an independent research project. This objective is imbedded in and emphasized in all aspects of the program, including: the interview and selection process; mentoring; course work at BUSPH; and the various research seminars. During the interview and selection process, emphasis is placed on the program as preparing trainees for an independent research career. Virtually all of the fellows have chosen research areas that they are interested in. We believe that by encouraging fellows to pursue research of their interest, that they remain more committed to the project.
While virtually all generalist fellowship programs require fellows to conduct research, our program emphasizes independence. While fellows are always given the option of joining ongoing faculty research projects, the optimal choice - we feel - for fellows is to develop and execute their own projects. Examples of ongoing and recently completed projects include: