Divisional Fellows (MD and MD/PhD postdoctoral fellows) develop professional skills and perspectives through participation in program activities including multidisciplinary clinics in rheumatic diseases, the weekly Immunology Seminar Series, Journal Clubs, the annual Stanford Immunology Retreat, the weekly Immunology Program Seminar Series, and a variety of other educational opportunities.
Attendance at a course in the Responsible Conduct of Research and a course on bioethics, as well as monthly seminars and quarterly symposia sponsored by the Center for Clinical Immunology at Stanford (CCIS), are mandatory. Trainees are encouraged to present their research at local and national rheumatology conferences. Trainees have access to modern clinics, the GCRC, and state-of-the-art specialized research facilities. We have T32 Training Grant that provides two years of support for M.D or M.D./Ph.D postdoctoral fellows in adult rheumatology.
The T32 Training Program has three tracks:
- Biomedical translational science
- Clinical trials and therapeutics
- Components of Health Services Research
Divisional Faculty in each of the tracks have ties with other programs in their disciplines within the School and the University. The fundamental focus of the trainee is in the field of their mentor. In order to provide cohesion within the training program and to broaden each trainees experience, the trainees will also develop from a variety of other activities.
These activities consist of the Divisions weekly Grand Rounds and Journal Club plus time spent in the clinic. There will also be special conferences for the fellows that include weekly teaching sessions, a significant portion of which is clinical material mandated by the ACGME. However, during the course of any year, approximately a third of the time is used to introduce relevant biomedical and other scholarly subjects including the work of the Divisions faculty.
Another activity is a bi-weekly conference introduced through this training program, in which trainees and their mentors present and discuss the trainee research activities. We developed this conference utilizing successes from our other training experiences; it provides excellent opportunity for both critical review and broadening of the trainee work. Finally, our trainees will be welcome in many other conferences and seminars organized by other units of the School in such subjects as Immunology, Epidemiology, Health Services Research and their respective methodologies.