School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Research Fellowship

The research fellowship program provides training in endocrine research to produce clinical and basic scientists skilled in endocrine investigation, capable of initiating and conducting their own independent research projects (in vitro, in animals or in humans) and able to successfully compete for research funds and academic appointment.  All applicants selected in the ACGME-sponsored clinical fellowship program shall complete 2 additional years of research training under this program.  Other interested individuals, with MD, PhD or MD/PhD may apply to the research training program directly (see below).

Specific Objectives of the Program:

  1. Laboratory.Provide the trainees (M.D.s and Ph.D.s) with a comprehensive understanding of the endocrine system including hormone synthesis, secretion, metabolism, and cellular actions in target tissues. Such a comprehensive view of endocrinology involves studying regulation of hormone synthesis, processing, release and metabolism; hormone-receptor interactions, intracellular signaling and actions on target genes; endocrine physiology and feedback regulatory systems. Such a comprehensive understanding is essential to understand endocrine diseases, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, and develop basic and/or clinical research to better understand their pathogenesis and/or develop better therapeutic and management strategies.
     
  2. Arm the trainees with sophisticated basic research skills (and train them to learn how to acquire and master additional techniques as needed), so when they graduate from the training program they are able to develop their own independent research projects.
     
  3. Expose the trainees to a variety of basic and clinical endocrine investigations so they may become more rounded investigators who can approach their own endocrine research projects from different angles and use both in vitro (primary cultures, cell lines and/or cell-free system) and in vivo (animal models and human studies) to address their research analytically and globally.
     
  4. Discuss with the trainees the growing national endocrine health problems, such as diabetes and osteoporosis, and motivate them to undertake research projects which addresses the national health issues.
     
  5. Discuss the rare genetic endocrine disorders as opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the endocrine system which may provide novel tools and therapeutic targets, not only for these rare disorders, but also for more common disease entities, through studying the involved genes and their proteins.
     
  6. Train the fellows in data analysis and data presentation, writing, submitting, and publishing research reports, research projects and research grants.

How to Apply:

If you know the primary investigator with whom you would like to work with. You may contact him/her directly. (See the list of the faculty). Alternatively, you may send your resume with a cover letter to : Endocrine Division Chief, 4H UHC, 4201 St Antoine, Detroit, MI 48201 or e-mail to endo@med.wayne.edu.

To learn more about the research fellowship opportunity, read the Endocrine Research page.