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Research Education & Training Resources

Clinician Scientist Investigator Opportunity Network (CSION)

The Clinician Scientist Investigator Opportunity Network (CSION) program develops those active duty clinicians who have a passion/talent for synthesizing promising discovery into practical application into the next generation of gifted clinician-scientists.  The 59 MDW Chief Scientist agreed to sponsor this effort being in line with the 59 MDW/ST Vision, “To grow medical leaders”.  The program is unique in that it is 1) Tri-service, 2) Corps neutral, 3) has no service obligation, and 4) focused on research mission rather than degree granting.  The pipeline a CSION fellow creates is tailored for the needs of the military mission rather than personal gain.  With no service obligation, motivated members are offered a non-financial incentive to remain in a career tract specifically designed to retain research-focused medical academicians within the military.  The program is supported by the 59MDW Office of the Chief Scientist, Science & Technology (ST) and all of their partners with the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR), San Antonio Military Health System (SAMHS), SAUSHEC and Naval Medical Research Unit San Antonio (NAMRU-SA) to provide mentors willing to train and mentor clinician scientists in all areas of (DHP RDT&E) programmatic research.

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Research Education Academy (REA)

The Research Education Academy (REA) is part of the "grow medical leaders" initiative of the 59 MDW Chief Scientist's Office.  REA will provide a Basic level research education experience by participating in STEM outreach with community high schools and training for enlisted medical specialists.  With guidance from Education and Training (J7), REA is positioned to provide STEM education and provide military academy physician shadowing and summer project internship opportunities. REA will provide an Intermediate level research education experience by conducting biannual grant writing workshops and Introduction to Bioengineering for the Medical Education & Training Campus (METC). 59 MDW, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and the University of Texas at San Antonio have established an Education Partnership Agreement, in which REA will participate. REA, in collaboration with 4D Bio3, will offer biotechnology immersion training, and leverage partnerships to enhance education and training for the warfighter.  REA provides research education in study design, funding acquisition and project management to residents, fellows and staff.  Grant writing workshops are held twice yearly in Q2 (Apr-Jun) and Q3 (Jul-Sep) to supplement the more formalized Clinical Investigation Research Training in Q1 (Jan-Mar) and Research Fundamentals Workshop in Q4 (Oct-Dec).

For more information email at usaf.jbsa.59-mdw.mbx.59-mdw-ST@health.mi

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