Research and scholarly work are a major priority of our program. The research opportunities at the University of Maryland are numerous, and all faculty in our Division are involved in some manner with either basic science or clinical research efforts.

Fellows are expected to select a research mentor from within the Division (or from outside the Division if they so choose) during the spring of their first year, and are then expected to spend 12-16 months during the second and third years of fellowship participating in either basic science, clinical research, translational research or education/curriculum research projects under the guidance of their mentor and the program directors.

All research projects are complemented by didactic coursework, including a one-week course in clinical and translational research offered by the Department of Epidemiology and a two-week course introducing a fellow to basic laboratory techniques. The goal of the research time is to provide fellows experience in the fundamentals of research within critical care units, inpatient or outpatient services, the pulmonary function laboratory, or the basic science laboratory.

Support for research is derived from competitive peer-reviewed grants and contracts from the NIH, Veterans Administration, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, as well as other funding sources. Fellows are expected to produce scholarly work as a result of their research efforts for publication in peer-reviewed journals or for presentation at national meetings.

Current major areas of investigation in our Division include (please click on the link for more details under each topic as well as information about specific investigators and their research):

For those fellows interested in pursuing an academic career, the Division and faculty will fully support any fellow desiring an additional year of fellowship training in order to meet their academic goals. We will provide didactic training and expertise to help support the fellow's research project and will work towards obtaining extramural funding and improving their competitiveness for career development grants.

Mentored career development awards accessible to the University of Maryland include the individual K08 and K23 awards and VA career development awards. Our Division has access to a wealth of potential mentors and resources to support a transition to a faculty position.

Additionally, the Department of Epidemiology has established a K30-funded clinical research training program that offers a Masters of Science in Epidemiology and Clinical Research for those fellows interested in pursuing an additional degree.