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Clinical Fellowship Curriculum

Core Curriculum for Clinical Fellowship Program

Tuesday Clinical Fellows Seminar Series

All clinical fellows attend this year-long seminar that meets weekly on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. The seminar includes sessions on neuroscience topics, case presentations, faculty fireside chats, career development, special lectures and bioethics. First year fellows and their mentors are asked to jointly present a journal club session once during the year.

Required Didactic Courses

Two required courses for clinical fellows are: the Bioethics Department’s “Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research,” and “Current Trends in the Neurobiology of Mental Illness.” These are taken in alternating years of the fellowship program.

Grant Writing Course

The NIMH Office of Fellowship Training sponsors a comprehensive grant writing course series for trainees. The series consists of first phase two-day workshop that provides an overview of the grant writing process; more advanced trainees move on to phases 2 and 3 that finalize specific aims and help fellows complete a grant proposal (e.g. K99).

Institutional Review Board

Clinical fellows are required to complete training in, “Elements of an Informed Consent,” CNS IRB Principal Investigator Training, and attend two IRB meetings during the first year of the program.

NIMH DIRP Scientific Retreat

Clinical fellows are required to attend the NIMH Intramural Scientific Retreat. Second year fellows and above are expected to present a poster.

Other Educational Opportunities

Clinical fellows can elect to take additional didactic courses, such as the NIH Clinical Center’s “Introduction to Principles and Practice of Clinical Research,” or other courses offered by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences ( ). Some fellows elect to attain the “Clinical Research Curriculum Certificate” offered by the NIH Clinical Center. There are also research-specific training courses offered, for example, imaging software for functional MRI (AFNI Bootcamp).