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The Center for Applied Clinical Investigation (CACI) was established in 2000 by Dr. Thomas Dodson as both a research center and a center for training academic oral surgeons in clinical investigation. The center is dedicated to understanding the variables that contribute to manageable risks and complications and to guiding oral and maxillofacial surgeons to the best outcomes based on scientific evidence. The Clinical Investigation Model was developed as a research program designed to provide a clinical complement to basic science research across the oral and maxillofacial surgery domain. Literature worldwide is monitored and we work to initiate and support research in emerging and under-studied disciplines. The goal is to expand the literature to promote evidence-based clinical practice and improved outcomes in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Hypothesis-driven research questions are created rigorous, sound scientific studies are designed to contribute concrete findings and outcomes that promote evidence-based clinical practice.
The CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation is an opportunity for an oral and maxillofacial surgeons to work at Mass General with CACI mentors on a course of independent clinical research in a focused area. Fellows spend two years at Mass General and their research may be integrated with a related graduate study at Harvard School of Public Health or Harvard Medical School may be combined with a master’s in Public Health. Upon completion of the CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation, most fellows will have achieved the academic credentials necessary for a junior faculty appointment at an accredited hospital – or university-based oral and maxillofacial surgery program.
Center for Applied Clinical Investigation (CACI)Warren Building - Suite 120155 Fruit StreetBoston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-8222Fax: 617 726-2814
Candidates for the Fellowship should be board-certified, board-eligible (or for international candidates, possess an equivalent recognizable certification) in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Fellows must be sponsored and supported by their home institution, including obtaining a letter of intent for ongoing employment in an academic position for a minimum period of two years upon completion of the Fellowship program. This program is designed for emerging residents and junior faculty who are committed to an ongoing academic career in clinical investigation in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
In some cases, the fellowship structure may be modified to fit the specific needs of an exceptional candidate or integrated with undergraduate dental training. Candidates should be seeking a career path in academic oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The Fellow will undergo periodic evaluation to assess compliance with minimum acceptable standards of performance in the progress of the key research program and the agreed upon academic curriculum. In addition, the 2011-12 Fellow will meet the following milestones:
Didactic (classroom) work is a major component of the Fellowship in Clinical Investigation. Through formal educational offerings, the Fellow will achieve a solid background in process and analytical methodology required to conduct sound scientific work.
The fellow may choose between two tracks: 1) one-year with Mass General certificate, or 2) two-year with Mass General certificate and HSPH degree. In the case of Fellows choosing the two-year option, research projects may be expanded to run concurrently with the degree program.
In addition, Fellows may take advantage of course offerings from the Mass General Clinical Research Program. These include (subject to change and availability):
Fellows will be expected to demonstrate satisfactory completion of all courses taken.
Opportunities for part-time clinical work are dependent upon the candidate's citizenship and licensing status.
The primary activity of the Fellow will be the participation in patient-oriented research, including taking a primary operational role in at least one major Mass General-based research project through the term of the Fellowship. Topics for research projects vary from year to year. The Fellow will be assigned a topic based on clinical interest, application to the home institution, and Mass General resources. Current opportunities (subject to change) include potential work in the following clinical areas:
For more information on the CACI Fellowship, visit the Center for Applied Clinical Investigation.
Qualified applications should submit the following:
Send all application materials to:Center for Applied Clinical Investigation Massachusetts General Hospital - Department of OMFS 55 Fruit Street - Warren 1201Boston, MA 02114
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