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Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, VCU Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Family Medicine and Population Health Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

VCU Department of Family Medicine

Research

Eligibility

The GGP is open to all faculty members of family medicine programs, both university- and community-based, who are interested in pursuing investigator-generated independent research on topics of interest to family medicine. Applications are welcome from individuals with M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., Ed.D. and other terminal degrees. Previous course work in research methods is preferred.

Expectations for fellows

The GGP demands a high level of commitment from its participants. Attendance at all workshops is required. Any fellow missing a workshop will not be permitted to continue in the program, although such fellows will be permitted to reapply for the next year’s cycle.

Fellows will need to bring a laptop computer to the workshops as they will work on development and revision of their concept papers and proposals during that time, as well as attend training and consultation sessions.

Fellows are required to meet all deadlines for completion and revision of documents, submission of materials to mentors and submission to the GGP program office.

Fellows are required to have a mentor to consult with throughout the fellowship year. This may be an experienced researcher/grant writer from their own department or program, or an experienced researcher/grant writer from another department, university or program. Fellows generally select their own mentors. If requested, the GGP director may be able to provide recommendations or assistance in making contact with potential mentors.

Expectations of sponsoring departments and programs

To be considered for participation, candidates must submit a letter of support from their department chairs, including explicit commitment of:

  • At least 20 percent protected time to complete grant-writing activities, including one week of 100 percent protected time after each workshop. Letters of support from the sponsoring department chair or program director, required as a component of the GGP application, must specify the amount of protected time that will be given if the applicant is accepted into the program.
  • Sufficient time to conduct the study if funded.
  • Use of a laptop computer during the fellowship year.
  • Commitment to fund GGP fellowship fee (this fee has been waived for the 2013-2014 fellowship year).
  • Financial support to attend all GGP workshops.