The research rotation is an elective during the PGY4 year and is an opportunity for future leaders to demonstrate their vision for success as clinician-scientists. Our department values the recruitment of individuals who will change the way we think about H&N surgery and push the frontiers of our field forward in an effort to provide the best care for our patients. As such, the research block is a privilege that will be awarded to residents who, having demonstrated clinical acumen appropriate for their training level, successfully complete a research proposal in accordance with the application process outlined below.
Having a sound idea for research is critical. Howver, the ability to translate ideas into rational well -controlled experiments may not be as seamless. Questions as to whether some ideas are feasible given resources, funds, expertise, or timing may be clear. However, some of the nuances of experiments that would address a well-reasoned, hypothesis-driven research plan are best defined and refined through a formal research proposal. In addition to the skills one gains from writing the proposal, the review process is also very informative as it allows the author to gain an outside perspective regarding the research questions posed and the clarity with which they are communicated. Extramural funding of the proposal will be the goal, however it is not required as part of the research rotation. Internal H&N departmental grant funding will also be available to support the most competitive proposals, in addition to the potential extramural opportunities such as CORE grant funding.
The resident grant proposals will be reviewed by a 3-4 person faculty committee of basic scientists, clinician scientists, and educators (tentatively: Chair: Dr. Hoffman, Other members: Dr. Chhetri, Dr. Nabili, Dr. St. John, plus other faculty who are interested). Primary reviewer will evaluate focus, testability, and feasibility of research plan; secondary reviewer will focus primarily on clarity and scientific impact of research plan.
|PGY 3||June 30||
Letter of Intent due (independent of intended research block start during PGY4)
|PGY 3||October 1||Draft 1 of grant due.|
|PGY 3||November 1||Draft 2 of grant due.|
|PGY 3||December 1||Final grant due.|
|PGY 3||December 4||Submit Grant to Head & Neck Finance office to begin processing
(Make yourself available to collect signatures and answer questions)
|PGY 3||December 15||DUE DATE: Last day to submit formal LOI to funding organization (e.g. CORE, TRIO, FPRS)|
|PGY 3||February 1||
Proposed plan for research block organization due
|PGY 4||July 1||Research Block I commences.|
|PGY 4||September 15||Block I progress reports due to research committee /approved by PI.|
|PGY 4||December 31||Final reports for Block I approved by PI, due to research committee.|
|PGY 4||January 1||Research block commences for Block II.|
|PGY 4||March 15||Block II progress reports due to research committee/approved by PI.|
|PGY 4||June 30||Block II final reports approved by PI, due to research committee.|
The letter of intent includes: