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Departmental training programs. The NIH Dietetic Internship, fully accredited
by the American Dietetic Association, was established in 1993 as a national program
for training dietetic interns for careers in nutrition research. The program provides
experiences that meet all competencies for entry-level dietitians, but emphasizes
clinical and research skills. This highly competitive program has successfully
recruited and trained 44 students, over half of whom have continued with their
education and enrolled in graduate degree programs. Three former interns have
attended medical school and are now practicing physicians. On July 1, 2004, three
interns graduated from the program.
The nursing department’s well-known clinical research training program draws
nationally from students, new graduates, and senior clinicians who qualify based on
their school achievements and interest in clinical research. In the summer of 2004,
the department hosted eight summer students and one PHS Junior COSTEP
(Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program), all from minority
backgrounds. Several were returning because of a positive
earlier experience. The neuroscience internship program, jointly sponsored with
NINDS, drew six highly qualified interns, and the oncology fellowship program,
jointly sponsored with NCI, drew 10 fellows. Both of these programs target new
graduate nurses with an interest in the clinical specialty and in clinical research.
Graduates from these programs occupy current positions of leadership at the NIH
and in the outside community. The nursing department jointly sponsored a
postdoctoral fellowship with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. The first
fellow completed the program in 2004, and joined the department’s health disparities
research program. A second fellowship will be offered in summer 2005, this time
through the National Coalition of Minority Nursing Associations. The nursing
department also implemented a pilot program for a predoctoral clinical fellowship
for internal NIH nurses who have demonstrated success early in a doctoral program,
have identified a career interest in clinical research, and have a dissertation topic
aligned with programs at the Clinical Center. Two fellows were selected for support,
which includes release time for dissertation-driven research activities. Their areas of
interest: hematology/oncology and transplants.
The Clinical Center pharmacy department offers three specialized postgraduate
training programs. American Society of Health System Pharmacists-accredited
residencies have been offered since the mid-1970s and currently specialized Society
of Health System Pharmacists programs are available in Oncology Pharmacy Practice
and Primary Care Pharmacy Practice. A two-year research fellowship in
Pharmacokinetics/ Pharmacogenetics, the newest entry, was begun in June of 2004.
These programs have graduated over 100 pharmacists since their inception.
Clinical Fellows Committee In 2004 Dr. Gallin created the Clinical Fellows
Committee. Clinical fellows representing all institutes propose topics for discussion,
which have included a proposed new position to bridge the fellow experience and
tenure-track positions, the proposed development of a survey to assess the quality of
clinical services, and the impact on fellows of proposed conflict of interest policies.