A written proposal for what is to be accomplished during this elective must be generated prior to starting, such that the Fellow will gain the experience of designing an experiment.  During the elective, the Fellow will learn and practice the scientific method and rigorous scientific technique while carrying out their project/experiment.  Techniques learned may include laboratory skills (molecular and genetic studies, animal experiments, chemical/biochemical experiments, etc.) or clinical research skills (clinical trial methodology, epidemiology, biostatistics, etc.).  Ideally, the Fellow’s work will result in authorship on manuscript(s) or abstract(s).  Fellows will learn about the informed consent process and develop an understanding of HIPAA’s impact upon clinical research.    In accordance with NIH Clinical Research standards, any Fellows participating in clinical research will be required to participate in Human Subjects Protection training (obtaining a Certificate of Completion for Web Based Course on Protection of Human Research Subjects).

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  • Learn how to contribute to the understanding of the pathophysiology of neurologic disease and/or the development of novel treatments.
  • Build a broad and deep knowledge base in a research topic relevant to the pathophysiology of neurologic disease and/or the development of novel treatments.
  • Present scientific data, ideally via submission of one abstract or manuscript during training.
  • Identify ways to improve scientific practice.
  • The fellows recognize that he/she is part of a research team.
  • The fellows will develop knowledge of regulatory guidelines in basic, translational and clinical research.
  • Research requires absolute compliance with regulatory guidelines such as HIPAA for patient-based research and animal safety regulations for basic science research. The fellows will learn how to complete projects within this regulatory environment.
  • The fellows will demonstrate ongoing self-education and habits of life-long learning.

Objectives and Evaluation Matrix

As with all of the individual rotations described in this section, the specific objectives of the continuity clinic are reflected in the entrustable professional activities and individual milestones. These form the basis for the fellow’s evaluation, which is completed by his or her clinic attending twice each year. (Please see the section End-of-Rotation Evaluations for the list of milestone abbreviations).

Research Rotation Objectives

Upon completion of the curriculum, fellows will . . .

EPA #EPA DescriptionMilestones
1Reliability and commitment to project completionPC1, PC2, PC3, MK1, MK3
2Independence– Ability to use current knowledge to solve surmountable problems before asking for help– aptitude for “figuring things out”PC1, PC2, PC3, MK1, MK3
3Communication– quality and accuracy of verbal and written communicationIC4, IC5
4Teamwork– Ability to work with others cooperatively and productivelyIC4
5Research integrity, honesty, trustworthinessIC1, IC2, IC3
6Data management (appreciation for details, keeping of records, accuracy)PL1, PR2 IC5
7Data analysis and interpretation- Sophistication of analytic methods and conclusions drawn from analysesPL1
8Research aptitude- ability to read and digest the literature, develop important questions and plans for testing hypothesesPL1


Fellow can work remotely from the MFCB building 8am – 4pm.


Attend per conference requirements.

Work Hours

Standard work hours

Latest Revision: 04/20/2023, Smitha Holla, MD