It is our feeling that both clinical and basic research activities are extremely important in developing critical thinking. Therefore, we require all fellows to participate in a research project. Skills acquired during research training are the fundamental tools for careers in academic medicine, as well as, clinical practice. Most fellows initially have insufficient background to know precisely what type of investigation they wish to do. We frequently suggest participation in ongoing projects. However, we also encourage fellows to develop well-conceived projects of their own which seem likely to lead to fruitful conclusions. We encourage our fellows present their original work at national meetings and publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. We encourage interdisciplinary research that takes advantage of the extensive research resources available in other clinical departments, as well as basic science departments.
We believe fellows can receive valuable supplementary training from educational opportunities outside the University. Therefore, each fellow is provided with funds to attend at least one national thoracic meeting per year during their second and third years, as well as special conferences and meetings related to their research.
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