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Research Education

The IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine provides research education through two distinct programs: the Indiana Emergency Care Research Fellowship and the Indiana EMCARE Training Program.

Indiana Emergency Care Research Fellowship

The Indiana Emergency Care Research Fellowship at IU School of Medicine provides an multidisciplinary, institutional career-development program that’s design to train the next generation of research leaders and mentors in emergency medicine. This fellowship provides the mentoring, infrastructure, patient volume and hands-on skills needed for learners to become successful emergency care clinician-scientists. Fellows gain knowledge through the Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research degree program while acquiring the experience and know-how to find a tenure-track position and apply for a training award (such as K23) within two years. This program imparts the ethical principles and fundamental administrative and managerial skills required to direct a research team and to become a mentor to others.

Research opportunities in this fellowship focus on development of clinical trials with topics ranging from educational research to informatics. All program participants have a minimum of 75 percent protected time for research-related academic activities, which includes participation in the Master of Science program and Clinical Research program. The remainder of the protected time is devoted to the research projects. Although the majority of candidates for this program may have a primary interest in clinical and translational research, the fellowship provides ample opportunities for those wishing to conduct basic research as well.

Emergency Medicine research fellows without master’s-level education must complete the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Master’s in Clinical Research degree program, administered through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Locally, the program is known by the acronym CITE: Clinical Investigation and Translational Education program.

IU School of Medicine research fellows meet often in sessions that consist of monthly Works-in-Progress (WIP) presentations by IU School of Medicine research fellows, scholars presenting ideas for grant proposals, and guest speakers discussing topics related to emergency medicine.

In addition, each year the Department of Emergency Medicine hosts a seminar for IU School of Medicine research fellows and other local researchers who are involved in emergency medicine research. This seminar focuses on innovative discoveries, new methodologies or emerging topics in emergency medicine research.

Indiana EMCARE Training Program

The Indiana EMCARE Training Program is a federally funded, post-doctoral or post-residency level training in emergency care research that aims to extend this field of study to include mental health and nursing research. The program provides the mentorship, environment and knowledge for scholars to become independently funded researchers. At the end of the program, scholars have written a K23 or K08 training grant application and have a clear plan toward R01 funding.

The program is open to physicians trained in any specialty and to PhD researchers with an interest in studying the human condition during times of emergency and with a topic of interest to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, or the National Institute of Nursing Research. Scholars must meet standards for appointment at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants needing additional information about program can contact the Emergency Medicine academic research coordinator.

The Indiana EMCARE program at IU School of Medicine is co-directed by Jeffrey A. Kline MD and Kurt Kroenke, MD. This Trans NIH K12 Program in Emergency Care Research is funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and is the recipient of a K12 training award.

Fellows have 75 percent protected time for research and receive funding for research and training.

Program participants ultimately receive a master’s degree in clinical research. The master’s requirement isn’t necessary for scholars who have completed equivalent or greater program.