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 The Clinical Research Training Program in Urology is designed to prepare urologists for an independent clinical research career in the field of Urology.  This NIH funded training program is supported by the Department of Urology and the Section of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  This program offers two years of post-residency graduate level training to allow young physicians to acquire new skills and training necessary to conduct high quality clinical research.  Applicants should be at the post doctoral (M.D.) level and are expected to have completed an ACGME approved urology residency by the time they begin the clinical research-training program in Urology.  Upon successful completion of the program, fellows are expected to pursue an academic position or further training in a mentored setting, such as a career development award. 

The goals of this training program are to provide the fellow with 1) the necessary background in biostatistics, epidemiology and clinical study design, and 2) an opportunity to apply these clinical research skills in a mentored setting. 

Year One
During this year, the trainee will participate in all the coursework and requirement required by the School of Public Health to obtain a MPH in General Epidemiology. The trainee is expected to maintain no less than a B average for his coursework. The MPH program requires the completion of 42 credit hours of coursework and involves courses in:
1. Clinical Study Design
2. Data Collection
3. Biostatistics
4. Development of Surveillance Systems
5. Microcomputers
6. Public Health Policy

The concepts and methodology behind epidemiology will be taught in detail, and trainees will learn how to solve problems relating to the incidents and outcomes of human disease using specific examples. Emphasis will be placed on understanding various aspects of clinical study designs and epidemiologic parameters. Electives are available, and can be selected from the vast offerings from the Department of Epidemiology, as well as other Departments within the School of Public Health.

The trainee will identify a research mentor and begin to plan his/her main clinical research project. Together with the mentor, the trainee will design a study protocol following the NIH format for a major clinical research project that will be completed in the second year of this program. Emphasis in this training program will be placed on training in preparation for submitting NIH level grants. 

Year Two
By the beginning of year two, the fellow will have acquired much of the skills necessary to carry out a high quality clinical research endeavor, and will be expected to put these skills into practice. He or she will be required to initiate, complete and report in a peer-reviewed journal, an independent clinical research project. The project should meet the definitions "clinical research" as defined by the NIH and be relevant to Urology. Existing databases in the Section of Urology include radical prostatectomy, bladder cancer, impotence, female and reconstructive urology and population based cohort study of prostate diseases in African American men. These databases exemplify the breadth of clinical research topics from which the trainee may choose. 

A professional editor will be available for the trainee to obtain feedback regarding manuscripts prepared for submission to professional journals. 

During the first year, no more than 10% of the trainee's time can be allotted towards clinical activity and such activity must be related to his research. In the second year, the program will permit up to 20% clinical responsibilities. This will ensure that the trainee has sufficient time to attend classes as well as to remain involved in clinical medicine. 

During the course of the training program, the trainee will be expected to participate in conferences/seminars conducted within the University of Michigan Medical Center. These are designed to provide the trainee with exposure to clinical urology, research ethics, basic science research and health services research. The Section of Urology offers weekly conferences in Urologic Oncology, Pediatric Uroradiology, Uropathology and Grand Rounds. In addition, a variety of seminars related to clinical research, research ethics and health services research are offered by the School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. 

The trainee is expected to complete all the required coursework and fulfill requirements from the School of Public Health to obtain a MPH. In addition, he/she is required to carry out a well-designed clinical research project using primary data collection or secondary datasets, to present this research at regional and national meetings, and to have at least one scientific manuscript based on this project submitted to a peer reviewed journal for publication.

James E. Montie, MD
Chairman, Department of Urology 
Director of Urologic Oncology 

Edward J. McGuire, MD
Professor of Urology, 
Director of Female and Reconstructive Urology


Urology and Gynecology
James E. Montie, MD, Professor and Chairman of Urology
David Bloom, MD, Professor
John Delancey, MD, Professor and Chief of Gynecology
Gary J. Faerber, MD, Associate Professor 
Richard Dorr, MD, Clinical Associate Professor
Edward J. McGuire, MD, Professor
Dana A. Ohl, MD, Associate Professor 
John Park, MD, Assistant Professor
Martin G. Sanda, MD, Associate Professor
John T. Wei, MD, Assistant Professor
J. Stuart Wolf, MD, Associate Professor

Internal Medicine/Oncology
Kathleen A. Cooney, MD, Associate Professor
David C. Smith, MD, Assistant Professor
Kenneth J. Pienta, MD, Professor 

School of Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
George A. Kaplan, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Epidemiology
Mary Fran Sowers, PhD, Professor
David Schottenfeld, MD, Professor
Jeremy Taylor, PhD, Professor and Director of the Biostatistics Unit of the Comprehensive Cancer Center

Consortium for Health Outcomes, Innovations and Cost Effectiveness Studies
Seema S. Sonnad, PhD, Assistant Professor

The applicant for this training program must:

  • Be committed to an academic research career in Urology

  • Be highly regarded as a physician by those responsible for their clinical training

  • Plan to complete the clinical requirements for Urologic ACGME approved training program by the date of entry into the program (*with the exception of University of Michigan applicants who may substitute their laboratory research year for the first year of this training program)

  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident

All applicants will be required to submit their curriculum vitae, along with at least 3 letters of support, and the completed application. Applicants that receive a favorable review will be invited for an interview at which time official copies of undergraduate and medical school transcripts should be submitted. Requests for more information and an application should be directed to:


Alison Joncheray
Clinical Research Training Program in Urology
2916 Taubman Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0330
Phone: (734) 936-6606
Fax: (734) 936-9536
E-mail: sonsh@umich.edu