Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship
The MS Program at Penn Medicine has two current fellows, both of whom have received funding from the National MS Society. The MS Fellowship program at Penn is designed to train physician-scientists within the field of MS, and is of 2-3 years’ duration. Participants complete post-doctoral training in a basic science laboratory or complete formal training in clinical research methods through the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) Degree program in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).
The MSCE program provides rigorous training in clinical research methodology through a combination of didactic coursework and supervised completion of a research project (Master’s Thesis). Core coursework for the MSCE degree includes the following:
- Introductory Epidemiology (EP 510)
- Introductory Biostatistics (EP 520)
- Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research (EP 521)
- Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology (EP 532)
- Measurement of Health in Epidemiology (EP 542, or other health measurement course)
- Issues in Research Protocol Development (EP 560)
- Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature (EP 570)
- Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research (EP 610)
Additional elective courses are available, including some related to pediatrics. Descriptions of the CCEB programs and course schedules are available at http://www.cceb.upenn.edu.
Funding is sought by fellowship program candidates from the National MS Society and other sources to provide for research training. Clinical training in the diagnosis and management of patients with MS is also an integral aspect of the program, and fellows receive intensive mentoring and supervision in clinical activities.