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Project and Course Details

Year 1

Semester 1 (January - April)

Research Project

During this semester each Fellow will work with his or her Preceptor to develop a written research proposal that includes detailed literature review, methods to be used, anticipated outcomes, and skills and techniques to be acquired. Work on the project can begin even as the formal proposal is developed.
The first semester presents several short introductory courses that examine core FDA functions. Fellows will spend about 10 percent of their scheduled time completing these courses.

Coursework

  • FDA History and Alumni Perspectives and Key Issues Facing the FDA
  • FDA Policy and Regulatory Processes
  • FOI Overview

Semester 2 (February - June)

Research Project

Fellows will spend about 90 percent of their time on their research and 10 percent of their scheduled time focusing on coursework.

Coursework

  • FDA 101

Summer Session 1 (June - September)

Research Project

Fellows will spend about 90 percent of their time on their research and 10 percent of their scheduled time focusing on coursework. Fellows will give formal presentations to the Fellowship Committee, other Fellows, and Preceptors addressing the public health impacts of their projects.

Coursework

  • Budgets, Operations, and Planning

Year 2

Semester 3 (October - March)

Research Project

Fellows will spend about 95 percent of their time on their research and 5 percent of any trainings they may have as approved by their preceptors.

Semester 4 (February - May)

Research Project

Fellows will spend 90 percent of their scheduled time conducting research relevant to their research projects, 5 percent of their scheduled time focusing on coursework from internal subject matter experts, and 5 percent of any trainings they may have as approved by their preceptors.  

Coursework

  • Clinical Pharmacology/Pharmacokinetics
  • Introduction to Toxicology

Summer Session 2 (June - October)

The Fellowship ends in October with final presentations of research results to Preceptors, Fellows, and Center staff. In the months leading up to the final presentations, Fellows are expected to focus on finalizing their projects.

*Please note that all courses will be taught at the White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. Remote access will be provided for Fellows at remote FDA locations.
**The courses that are instructed at the graduate-level may require commitment outside of the traditional work schedule.

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