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Visiting Researchers

Since 1988 over 500 Visiting Researchers from prestigious institutions throughout the world have trained for periods of 1-5 years at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

These highly motivated physicians have collectively participated in over one thousand research protocols culminating in a similar number of presentations and publications at prestigious meetings and in leading peer review journals, respectively.

Most of our alumni graduates from our research programs are now recognized educators and academic practitioners at numerous prestigious hospitals and universities throughout the world.

Available Visiting Research Programs

  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Emergency Medicine  
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Transplant
  • Urogynecology/Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Medicine
  • Voiding Dysfunction

Application Information

Visiting Researcher

Visiting Researcher

To Apply

Interested candidates should write to Graduate Medical Education for additional information and application forms. After acceptance to the position, contingent upon external funding, the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation will assist in providing the necessary forms to obtain the appropriate visa.

Due to the large number of applications received for these few positions, the appointments are made based upon how promptly the application process is completed. Also, due to the amount of paperwork required, it is not uncommon to begin the application process one year to eighteen months prior to the anticipated start date. Delay in completion of the application process, including written confirmation of funding, may result in a later starting date.

More Information

GME Coordinator
Lorna Lewis
Cleveland Clinic Florida
Research and Education
Phone: 954.659.6418
Email: gme@ccf.org

Orthopaedic Visiting Research

Goals

  • Investigate basic and clinical aspects of the disease processes affecting the musculoskeletal system.
  • Assist the members of the department with ongoing research projects, studies, manuscripts and chapter/textbook writing.
  • Participate in research meetings, seminars, journal clubs, symposiums and professional society meetings.

Prerequisite Educational Level or Credentials

  • Recent medical graduates, residents, physicians and scientist interested in conducting basic science and clinical research in the field of orthopaedics.

Description of Program

(may include research projects, conferences and meetings)

  • The term of a Visiting Researcher will be either 6 months or 12 months. The Visiting Researcher will be working primarily on research interest on a self-directed basis with an emphasis on operative care (operative suite) and non-operative care (outpatient clinic office, inpatient and hospital care) assistance.
  • During the visiting research program at Cleveland Clinic in Florida candidates will demonstrate proficiency in the varied aspects of basic and clinical research including study design, IRB compliance, informed consent, data collection, data analysis, statistics, oral presentation, and manuscript preparation.
  • The researcher will be responsible for a minimum of one study to be completed for presentation at a local, regional, national or international research or professional society meeting and/or submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Level of Supervision

  • The Researcher will work under the direction of Gregory Gilot, MD, Program Director, Pretesh Patel, MD, Brian Leo, MD, Jeffrey Wu, MD, David Westerdahl, MD, Vinod Podichetty, MD

Program Director

Pretesh Patel, MD

More Information

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Attn:  Lorna Lewis
Cleveland Clinic Florida
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, FL 33331
Phone: 954.659.6418
Fax: 954.659.5622
Email: lewisl2@ccf.org

Emergency Medicine

The department of Emergency Medicine offers a Visiting Research positions typically lasting for a period of one year. Cleveland Clinic will provide access to research facilities, libraries and electronic health records and cover expenses for presentations at conferences, Currently, there is no monetary stipend available

Goals and Objectives:

  • Advancing academics and research in the field of emergency medicine.
  • Initiate original research in areas of emergency medicine that would improve understanding of patient behavior, diagnostic protocols, treatment modalities or patient outcomes in the acute setting.
  • Present case repots regarding interesting pathologies or unusual presentations of acute illness/injury for journal submission or conference presentation.
  • Assist in educating medical students regarding research and the specialty of emergency medicine.

      Prerequisite Educational Level or Credentials

      • Recent medical graduates, residents, physicians and scientist interested in conducting basic science and clinical research in the field of Emergency medicine.
      • Diploma from and accredited allopathic or Osteopathic medical school.
      • USMLE scores of 200 or higher on Step 1 and Step 2Ck.
      • Eligible for Florida Limited License (expense Covered by Cleveland Clinic Florida).

          Description of Program

          • During the visiting research program at Cleveland Clinic in Florida candidates will demonstrate proficiency in the varied aspects of basic of clinical research including study design, IRB compliance, data collection, data analysis, statistics, oral presentation, and manuscript preparation.
          • The researchers will be responsible for a minimum of one study to be completed for presentation at a professional society meeting and/or submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

          Faculty:

          • Dr.Mazay Rouhani, Dr. Jalil Thurber

              Program Director

              Jalil Thuirber, MD

              More Information

              Department of Emergency Medicine
              Attn:  Lorna Lewis
              Cleveland Clinic Florida
              2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
              Weston, FL 33331
              Phone: 954.659.6418
              Fax: 954.659.5622
              Email: lewisl2@ccf.org

            • For more information or if you are interested in applying for the Research Fellowship please contact Graduate Medical Education via email. Please include your Curriculum Vitae (CV) if you are responding via email.
        • Endocrinology

          The Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism department offers Voluntary Visiting Research Positions that start on January and July of every Year. The duration of the program is 6 months to 2 years. There is no funding at the moment; however there is financial coverage for educational, materials, presentations, conferences and publications.

          Goals

          • Education in Clinical Research methodology
          • Assist the department with ongoing research projects, studies, manuscripts and/or chapter/textbook writing.
          • Participate in research meetings, seminars, journal clubs, symposiums and professional society meetings.

              Prerequisite Educational Level or Credentials

              • Recent medical graduates, residents, physicians and scientist interested in conducting basic science and clinical research in the field of Endocrinology.

              Description of Program

              (may include research projects, conferences and meetings)

              • The term of Voluntary Visiting research will be a minimum of 6 months and might be extended to 2 years. This is a Clinical Research Program. The visiting researcher and Supervisor will decide on the projects that will be completed.
              • During the program at Cleveland Clinic Florida, candidates will demonstrate proficiency in the varied aspects of basic of clinical research including study design, IRB compliance, data collection, data analysis, statistics, oral presentation and manuscript preparation.
              • The Visiting Researcher will be responsible for a minimum of one study to be completed for presentation at a local, regional, national or international research or professional society meeting and/or submission for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
              • This program provides a wide diversity of clinical research possibilities in our field, including: Diabetes, thyroid, adrenal, bone and pituitary disease.

              Level of Supervision

              • The Visiting researcher will work under the direction of Jose Cabral, MD, Chair of the department and Carmen Vanessa Villabona, MD, Program Director and might also be supervised by department staff physicians: Pascual Desantis, MD, Vineeth Mohan, MD, Tessey Jose,MD, Sandra Williams, MD and Susan Boston, MD.

              Program Director

              Carmen Vanessa Villabona, MD

              More Information

              Department of Endocrinology
              Attn:; Lorna Lewis
              Cleveland Clinic Florida
              2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
              Weston, FL 33331
              Phone: 954.659.6418
              Fax: 954.659.5622
              Email: lewisl2@ccf.org

            • Hematology/Oncology

              Introduction

              The Voluntary Visiting Research program is available to national and international physicians who have an interest in developing and expanding research in the evaluation and management of solid tumor and hematologic malignancies. These non-funded positions are available for periods of 6 months to 5 years. A faculty mentor from the Department of Hematology Oncology will be assigned as a mentor to each fellow, according to the fellow's research area(s) of interest.

              Goals and Objectives

              • The visiting researcher will periodically and regularly meet his/or her mentor for advice, suggestions and guidance in research throughout the research period.
              • Prior to initiating any clinical research, the fellow must complete the Collaborative IRB training Initiative (CITI) which contains information about regulations governing human research, ethical principles, processes, procedures, informed consent, and the like, This educational program can be accessed online at www.miami.edu/citireg which enables the fellow to receive a password and instructions
              • The visiting researchers are expected to formulate at least one research project each year. The proposal should be written and presented at the Department Research Forum, which is held twice per month. Attendance at every meeting is mandatory for all Visiting Researcher and Clinical Fellows. The purpose of discussing research projects at these meetings is to provide interactive critiques, ideas and guidance from peer. All new projects must be submitted to the Research Forum for Discussion in the Research Forum must be typed in an appropriate format and submitted to the Academic Supervisor for inclusion in the next research Forum.
              • Research abstracts must be prepared by the Visiting Researcher. They will be submitted to national and international meetings, after review and approval by the Department of Hematology Oncology staff and the Chairman. If accepted, the fellow is expected to prepare a PowerPoint presentation for practice talk sessions, as assigned by the academic supervision.
              • Prior to any major national or international meeting at which residents from the department will be presenting, practice talk sessions are scheduled for critique. These sessions require mandatory attendance as they are used to assist residents in preparation and practice of their talks. These sessions are scheduled as necessary and scheduled are provided at these times.
              • For all abstracts created and submitted, regardless of acceptance to meetings, the research fellow is expected to write a manuscript. The manuscript will be reviewed by the respective staff involved in the research, the department chairman and the academic supervisor, and will be submitted to peer-reviewed journals

              Description of Program

              (may include research projects, conferences and meetings)

              • All visiting researchers will have also the opportunity to learn how to perform hematology oncology research in multicentered cooperative group studies, in pharmaceutical studies, and in community cooperative group studies with the oncology research coordinator.
              • The Visiting researcher should maintain knowledge and understanding within the field by participating in the academic program of the research program. The Department of Hematology Oncology holds several conferences such as tumor boards weekly, heme path conference monthly, breast tumor conference weekly, research forum and oncology grand rounds. All conferences, seminars and meetings are listed in the monthly department calendar, which is maintained and distributed by the clinical Residency Coordinator. Attendance and sign-in are mandatory for all Visiting Researches and Clinical fellows.
              • Visiting Researchers may participate in clinical activities if they are involved in potential and/or established research studies, by participating in the outpatient and inpatient setting. The fellow is encouraged to rotate with different staff members to broaden exposure and enhance their research experience.
              • All Visiting researchers will be evaluated based on overall performance, punctuality, conference participation, research productivity and quality and interpersonal relationships with the other fellows and members of the department. Evaluations will be performed by the respective mentor and department chair on a periodic basis at the end of the fellowship.
              • Prerequisites Educational level or Credentials

              • Recent medical graduates, residents, physicians and scientist interested in conducting basic science and clinical research in the fields of hematology/oncology.
              • Licensure/USMLE required (if Applicable).
              • More Information

                Department of Hematology Oncology
                Attn:  Lorna Lewis
                Cleveland Clinic Florida
                2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
                Weston, FL 33331
                Phone: 954.659.6418
                Fax: 954.659.5622
                Email: lewisl2@ccf.org

              Pulmonary Medicine

              The Pulmonary Medicine department offers Visiting Research positions that start on January and July of every year. Positions are usually for a year. There is monetary coverage for educational materials, presentations, conferences and publications; however at the moment there is no monetary stipend.

              Benefits:

              • Education in Clinical Research methodology
              • Conduct clinical research projects and get publications
              • Participate in the screening process of patients candidates for enrollment in multi-institutional clinical trials
              • Participate in the Pulmonary Outpatient Clinic, Inpatient Consults and Critical Care rounds in the ICU
              • Attend Internal Medicine Board Review lectures, teaching rounds, noon conferences, grand rounds and journal club
              • Assistance with the IM residency application process, Letters of recommendation, counseling and interview rehearsal sessions
              • Attend nationwide conferences and presentations of the Research work

              As a Medicine Visiting Researcher at Cleveland Clinic Florida you will have a diversity of research possibilities in different areas of our department.

              Your supervisor and you will decide on the projects that you will take on during your tenure. Research in pulmonary medicine involves a variety of opportunities including but not limited to coordinate and participate in a variety of complex activities involved in the collection, compilation, documentation and analysis of clinical outcomes, comparison between different device/procedures, and contribution in multi-institutional trials. It may include designing and presenting teaching videos and PowerPoint presentations for meetings, websites and other academic ventures.

              Patient Contact-In order to fully comprehend the executed research is of paramount importance to have a thorough clinical and technical understanding of protocols and procedures under investigation. Opportunities that are offered and part of the medicine research program include observation and participation in the procedure room or intensive care unit and patient visitations. Procedure room participation is limited to observation. Patient contact may be made for research purposes with adequate consent.

              You will get a Florida Limited License under Cleveland Clinic Florida (at our cost).

              Opportunities in the outpatient clinic include observation and participation in the outpatient clinic. Observation while either staff physicians and/or clinical residents are interviewing, examining or determining the assessment plan is available. Furthermore, under the supervision of a staff physician interviewing and examining patients will allow a better understanding of goals of research.

              Opportunities in the hospital comprise observation in intensive care unit, and patients in whom consultation has been requested. Observation while either the staff physician and/or the clinical residents are interviewing, examining or determining the assessment and plan are available. The hospital contact will allow for a significant understanding of pulmonary patients necessary for completing pulmonary research.

              Our recent graduate fellows have been successful in finding positions all around. One fellow is now in the internal medicine program at the Clinic, another has become a research coordinator in the industry, and another has found a position in a hospital in Florida.

              Application Process
              If you are interested in applying for the Research Fellowship in Medicine please contact our coordinator:
              Lorna Lewis
              Phone: 954.659.6418
              Email: lewisl2@ccf.org

              Please include your Curriculum Vitae (CV) if you are responding via email or fax it to 954.659.5451
              Attn: Research Fellowship in Medicine.