The goal of the UConn Health Academic General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program is to train future generations of successful academic general internists, both hospitalist and primary care physicians, by providing the necessary advanced research and educational knowledge, skills, and experiences (as identified by the Society of General Internal Medicine):
- Research: Fellows will complete a Masters of Public Health degree with graduate courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical research design, data collection and analysis, responsible conduct of research, scientific paper and grant writing, among others. Fellows will conduct a mentored research project and attend works-in-progress research meetings.
- Education: Fellow activities will include teaching residents and students practice-based learning, leading an inpatient teaching ward team, teaching evidence-based medicine, evaluating learners, and giving feedback.
- Academic Career Development and Leadership: Fellows will participate in activities to promote skills for academic success, life-long learning, career planning and promotion, time management and leadership, understanding current issues in health policy and healthcare organization, delivery, and financing and health disparities.
- Clinical: While the fellowship is primarily designed as an academic career development program, fellows will spend approximately 30% of their time actively involved in the care of general medical inpatients and outpatients, both through direct patient care and supervising medical residents and medical students.
- Quality and Patient Safety: Interested fellows will complete training in quality improvement and patient safety. As part of this, they will design, implement and evaluate a quality improvement project.
The curriculum includes all of the courses and requirements needed for a Masters of Public Health, participating in monthly work-in-progress research meetings, weekly Department Grand Rounds. Fellows will also attend the University-wide grand rounds and other lectures. Fellows will also be required to design, execute, complete, and write-up for publication, a mentored clinical or educational research project.
The fellowship will enroll up to 2 individuals each year. The program is a 2-year program.