The Department of Family Medicine offers an academic fellowship program designed for those residents whose career goals include medical education and/or productive research careers. The fellowship is a combined program with the Section of General Internal Medicine at BU Medical Center.
Prepare fellows for academic family medicine careers through:
- Developing research skills
- Acquiring teaching skills
- Learning leadership and management skills
The Academic Family Medicine Research Fellowship takes place at the Boston University Medical School that is housed at the Boston University Medical Center; Boston HealthNet; and the Boston University School of Public Health. The Boston Medical Center is proudly the largest safety net in New England for quality healthcare for our most vulnerable citizens.
After several weeks of meeting with faculty to discuss their research interests, the fellow chooses a primary Mentor from the Department of Family Medicine who will provide overall program and career guidance. The fellow will also choose one or more Research Advisors, specific to each study in which the fellow will participate, to assist him or her to develop the research question, design the study, conduct pilot work, conduct the study, analyze the collected data, write a paper for refereed publication, and write grants to support continued work and faculty development.
Research training in the School of Public Health, leading to an M.Sc. in Epidemiology or an M.Sc. in Health Services, with opportunity to continue on for Doctoral studies
- Active involvement within a community of primary care fellows, clinician-scientists and investigators within the department, other primary care departments at Boston University Medical Center, and the School of Public Health
- Mentoring, including active promotion of involvement in the national family medicine and primary care academic communities
- Participation in the conduct of research within a network of local community health centers, the department's own practice, and state, regional and international research networks
- Involvement in the funded research of senior faculty toward the development of skills in interdisciplinary research collaboration and grants management
Bimonthly department research seminar where fellows and senior faculty present ongoing research
- Weekly academic seminar designed to promote research, presentations and publication of scholarly activities
- Weekly two hour seminar designed to give fellows teaching skills
- Assignment of each fellow to an academic career mentor and research advisers for individual projects
- Family Medicine grand rounds
- Family Medicine clinical session each week and involvement in department inpatient and obstetrics attending
- ¨ Protected time for individual scholarly activity allowing for the preparation of research abstracts, presentations, grants and publications