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Resident Research

The department supports a variety of research activities in areas that include addiction, alternative medicine, geriatric psychiatry, pain medicine, psychodynamic psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and sleep disorders.

Faculty members encourage students and residents to participate in ongoing Jefferson studies; and are eager to act as research mentors. Residents are invited to design and implement their own small-scale studies under faculty guidance. Of course, many of these residents conduct research as part of their PGY-4 elective rotations.

For those interested in working on more extensive projects, the department provides a Masters Program in Human Investigation.

Masters Program in Human Investigation

The Masters Program in Human Investigation trains clinicians and doctoral-level candidates interested in patient-oriented investigation. Upon the successful completion of this the program, trainees will be qualified to perform independent clinical research, and will receive a Master of Science in Pharmacology in Human Investigation.

This clinical research curriculum integrates core didactic courses with practical, mentored research experience outside of the classroom. Successful completion of the curriculum requires 40 credits, a formal research proposal, and thesis defense. Eligible applicants must have completed doctoral training, and may be house officers or subspecialty fellows.

Once accepted, trainees undertake formal course work in essential topics including biostatistics; epidemiology; clinical trial design; clinical pharmacology; outcomes research; bioethics and the responsible conduct of research; federal policy and regulations on human subjects; and scientific writing. The program integrates formal course work with the hands-on, operational experience central to the conduct of patient-oriented research. Other important program components of include ethics seminars and conferences; journal club in clinical investigation; an in-house research seminar series; and seminars in clinical investigation with invited speakers from outside the institution.

By the completion of this program, trainees have:

  • A theoretical foundation and working knowledge of research designs
  • An operational understanding of hypothesis formulation and testing in patient-based studies
  • An operational understanding of the integration of laboratory-based analyses and surrogate endpoints in patient-oriented research
  • The ability to employ various computer-based statistical and database packages in research-related activities
  • The ability to critically appraise and evaluate the scientific literature and an understanding of the publication process
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in clinical research, documented through publication