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The fellowship is a general training experience that is part of an NIH-funded T32 in pediatric treatment adherence. This is the only T32 of its kind in the nation and several unique training experiences are involved across clinical research areas.
Fellowship training includes a diverse set of experiences in research, clinical service, program development, teaching/mentorship, and consultation.
Fellows will participate actively in research using established data sets and help to facilitate and develop new research projects. Fellows will also have ample opportunities to learn new state-of-the-art methods of intervention to promote adherence, methods of measurement, and novel statistical techniques that will help expand current research knowledge. Based on their initiative and research experience, fellows will have opportunities to participate as first and collaborating authors in manuscripts.
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Training opportunities include the provision of evidence-based interventions to patients and families with difficulties with self-management and adherence to medical treatment. Fellows will work closely with the clinical service director, Dr. Sandra Cortina, as well as medical practitioners to develop appropriate clinical "action plans" for intervention. Patient referrals reflect a wide range of pediatric conditions, including but not limited to: kidney disease, organ transplant, asthma, gastrointestinal conditions, cancer, and cystic fibrosis. In addition to treatment non-adherence referrals may also include needle phobia, pill swallowing phobia, and coping with a new diagnosis. Fellows have an important opportunity to participate in planning and implementing of Center programs (e.g., new research programs and clinical care) and make significant contributions to program development with their ideas and initiative.
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Training programs are highly individualized. Based on dialogue with Center faculty, fellows' training programs are tailored to their individual interests' and career development needs with respect to the balance of research and clinical care as well as specific content areas of focus. Fellows are expected to take initiative for their individual projects and training program in the context of close and collegial mentorship from faculty. Fellows are regarded as Junior colleagues in all collaborative work.
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