Medical Students

There are several lines of support for these medical student research programs including departmental and intra and extra-institutional. The UAB Department of Urology is committed to provide support for medical students to engage in such programs. Medical students have also been successful in obtaining funding from extra-departmental sources to participate in research within the Department of Urology. All participating students will be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding this research experience upon completion of their project work.

Graduate Students

UAB has a robust biomedical science community currently comprised of 440 graduate students and 350 faculty members. Graduate students in the Departments of Pathology, Nutrition Science, Cell/Developmental/Integrative/Biology and Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics may have interest and should contact us at (email). The NORC has an NIH funded pre-doctoral training program (T32HL105349). Co-PI Dr. Barbara Gower serves as a faculty mentor in this training program and will undoubtedly facilitate recruitment of such students to participate in this program. All participating students will be asked to complete an evaluation form every six months during their period of training regarding this research experience.

Residents

Urology residents are expected to engage in scholarly activity and will be invited to participate in these studies. All participating residents will be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding this research experience upon completion of their project work

Fellows

The Department of Urology is committed to training postdoctoral research fellows. Over the last four years, we have trained three postdoctoral fellows. All have received funding from the American Urological Association’s Urologic Care Foundation. They have had diverse training backgrounds, both PhD and MD. Dr. Sonia Fargue has focused her research on kidney stones/oxalate metabolism and are currently supported by NIH K01 training grants while, Dr. Kyle Wood, has submitted a K08 application. The NORC also has a postdoctoral NIH funded T32 program. Dr. Joe Crivelli is the 2020-2022 AUA fellowship recipient. Fellows are given the opportunity to enroll in a Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical and Translational Science program in the UAB School of Public Health. This is a rigorous 2-year program in which the trainees take core courses in statistics, study design, epidemiology, clinical research, behavioral science, data management and patient-based outcome measurements. The generation of a thesis is required. Fellows with more advanced skill sets obtained through prior training (ie. PhD, MPH) will receive focused, intensive training to augment their research proficiency including selected course work and participation in more advanced degree programs. All participating fellows will be asked to complete an evaluation form regarding their research experience every six months during their training.