The research component of the fellowship is designed to provide trainees with the principles and techniques of clinical and/or laboratory investigation. Research opportunities are available for fellows both within and outside of the Division of Endocrinology Diabetes and Nutrition. During the first year of fellowship, trainees become familiar with the research interests of faculty members, both through informal interactions and Research in Progress presentations at Endocrine Grand Rounds. Fellows are also encouraged to meet individually with faculty members to discuss research interests. During second year, fellows work closely with a faculty mentor on a clinical, translational or basic research project. To meet the diverse needs for research training among fellows, in addition to the hands on research experience, the division offers a broad array of educational opportunities including taking classes at the graduate school and obtaining a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences or Ph.D. through the Ph.D. for Clinicians Program.
Fellows interested in an academic career have the option for a third year of training to further focus on research. University of Maryland can now offer a 3rd and potentially 4th and 5th year of research through a T32 grant entitled "Diabetes and Its Complications." Interested candidates will undergo an additional application process to be considered.