Fellow Scholarly Activities
It is a requirement that Fellows participate in scholarly activities, in addition to teaching activities. The Fellow's weekly schedule is set well below the 80 hour maximum to ensure adequate time for activities such as Journal Club, Grand Rounds, and authoring medical articles on addiction psychiatry topics, or traditional research.
Fellows are expected to either create their own scholarly project or participate in formal research activities. Either approach affords strengthening the Fellow's knowledge in a specific subject, raising her/his confidence in publishing in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and affords opportunities to deepen her/his teaching and public speaking experiences.
Scholarly activity may include authoring and preparing for publication a medical article, or presenting at Grand Rounds.
Co-authorship is further encouraged, as this makes for an easier learning curve, enhances fellow-faculty collaboration and team-based learning, and better ensures the paper will be successful towards publication.
Regarding formal research activities, this may include involvement in faculty members' existing research grants/contracts, or pursuing their own research question/project under faculty supervision/mentorship.
In our experience, due to the clinical demands of this one-year fellowship, the latter is only feasible if the Fellow intends to remain with the University of Cincinnati after their Fellowship training. When appropriate, UC Institutional Review Board and VA Research & Development papers must be filed.
Fellows regularly present important peer-reviewed medical papers at the Addiction Sciences Division Journal Club. Here, Fellows are carefully paired with a faculty discussant to enhance their learning on how to review scientific papers, interpret statistics and conclusions, and present and discuss relevant opinions with the audience in attendance.
Addiction Sciences Journal Club
The Addiction Sciences Division provides an addiction-specific journal club every other month. An original research paper is presented by a fellow or other trainee, with discussion facilitated by a selected faculty member. The trainee and faculty person collaborate to maximize the learning experience for both the trainee and Journal Club attendees. This is open and free of charge to all medical students, residents, fellows, and UC, VA , and CCHMC staff who which to become more familiar with the advanced literature in substance use and addiction related disorders.
Addiction Sciences Division Research "Incubator" Meeting
Every other week, Addiction Sciences Division (ASD) faculty and trainees meet over lunch to attend a presentation from an ASD member who has an idea for a research project. Herein, attendees share ideas on how to sharpen the focus to a feasible aim, discuss specifics relating to methodology, analyses, or other key issues, and then offer ideas on where to submit for funding or how to work together as a faculty to recruit subjects for the project. This recurring event not only serves as an "incubator" for helping research ideas to develop into fundable research projects, but it also affords an additional social interactional experience for all faculty and trainees. This has served as a superb venue for fellows to present a research idea that can be massaged into a Scholarly Project, as required by the ACGME or ABAM, or a clinical report that is publishable in the peer-reviewed medical literature.