Research Curriculum and Plan
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

All fellows in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) fellowship training program are required to perform meaningful and tangible research. Fellows would be provided the proper tools to conduct research through a structured training program and would thereafter use the mentorship process and research project timeline in order to perform actual research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Research Training Program

Fellows in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship will participate in a structured 15 days long training program in the first month (July) of their 2nd year of training.

The training program would consist of two parts:

  1. Introduction to Basic Science Research: supervised by Dr. Ruxana Sadikot
  2. Introduction to Clinical and Translational Research: Conducted by the CTSI

(Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UF)

Description of the training program and Educational Goals 

In addition to the other research requirements of the fellowship, second-year fellows starting July of 2013 will be required to spend half a month in a basic research lab within the pulmonary and critical care medicine division in the mornings and participate in the CTSI conducted course in the afternoons. The goal of the training program is to give the fellow an introduction to the various facets of basic research, translational and clinical research which would be used as a platform to develop their research project over the subsequent 2 years. Another overall goal is to introduce the fellows to mechanistic, hypothesized-based research so that they can better understand the origins of research discovery as it relates to translational science and medicine. Ultimately, the experience will provide a greater understanding and appreciation for basic and translational science and the fundamental role that it plays in medicine today.  To meet the research requirements of the fellowship, the fellow may continue their research project started during this training or to select a clinical project under the mentorship of one of the clinical faculty.

Educational Objectives

The following are the educational objectives and experiences for the research training:

Basic Science

  • Learn basic laboratory skills and techniques.
  • Understand protein expression techniques — measure protein content of tissue extracts and then perform western blotting
  • Understand gene expression techniques — isolate and quantify mRNA, create cDNA, and perform reverse transcription PCR
  • Learn necropsy techniques in animal models
  • Learn a metabolic assay in tissue or cell culture
  • Monitor a basic science technique occurring in human subjects
  • Present at least one article related to an advanced technique during these two weeks within the group

Clinical and Translational Science

  • Understand how to develop a research question
  • Understand the kinds of and how to develop a study design
  • Understand the Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications process
  • Understand the concept behind and usage of relational databases
  • Understand the basics of research statistics
  • Recognize the local resources available for research
  • Develop a mock project in the ‘Small Groups’ workshops