University of Missouri - Kansas City
Grant #: T32 HL110837
Program Director: John Spertus, MD, MPH, email@example.com Co-Director: Donna Buchanan, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trainees Supported: Postdoctoral
Areas of Emphasis: Cardiovascular Clinical and Outcomes Research
The 2-year postdoctoral training program in cardiovascular outcomes research training program, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), is hosted by Saint Lukeâ??s Mid America Heart Institute (SLMAHI), in Kansas City. This fellowship provides curriculum, mentored research, and independent research experiences to train the next generation of leaders in the fields of cardiovascular clinical and outcomes research. The program is designed to train young scholars in quantifying patientsâ?? outcomes, defining the determinants of these outcomes, comparing the effectiveness of alternative treatments, translating new knowledge into clinical care, and measuring and improving the quality of care. John Spertus, MD, MPH, Missouri/Lauer Endowed Chair, Professor at UMKC and Clinical Director of Outcomes Research at SLMAHI, and David Cohen, MD, MSc, Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Research, Professor at UMKC and Director of Cardiovascular Research at SLMAHI, have built a program that provides a robust foundation for training. The full-time training program offers: advanced seminars of specialized skills for Outcomes Research; an opportunity to obtain an MS in Bioinformatics with an emphasis in Clinical Research for those without prior formal training in the field; multidisciplinary mentorship that is individualized to meet the needs of each fellow; hands-on research experiences with access to highly experienced statisticians and numerous databases including multicenter outcome registries (e.g., PREMIER, TRIUMPH, PORTRAIT, PRISM), clinical trial databases (e.g., EPHESUS, PARTNER, TAVR, FREEDOM, SYNTAX), and national quality databases (e.g., ACCâ??s National Cardiovascular Data Registries, AHAâ??s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation); salaried position based on NIH postdoctoral stipend scales; benefits including health, dental, disability, and life insurance, vacation time, tuition (for MS coursework), and funds for travel expenses to professional conferences. Traditionally fellows have been very productive, producing on average over 10 peer-reviewed publications and occasionally writing successful grant applications (e.g. PCORI, K23). Applicants are welcome from health service professions including internal medicine, cardiology, public health, neurology, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and other health related fields. The clinical training programs at SLMAHI/UMKC also provide valuable opportunities to integrate outcomes research training with fellowsâ?? clinical training. Currently, SLMAHI/UMKC has ACGME-accredited programs in general cardiology, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and advanced heart failure/transplantation, and non-accredited programs in imaging and preventive cardiology. This is an ideal opportunity for trainees interested in both clinical and outcomes research training.
Last updated: June 2014