The trainee in this fellowship primarily functions as a sub-investigator for multiple clinical trials related to psoriasis. The fellow is responsible for enrolling patients and conducting all patient visits who are participate- ing in clinical trials. Most of the trials are investigating new therapies for psoriasis, therefore the fellow becomes proficient at efficacy assessments (e.g. PASI) and the day-to-day conduct and regulatory aspects of clinical trials. The fellow is also provided with exposure to the basic science and clinical management of psoriasis, and can also participatee in the research activities as described in the Clinical Research Fellow track. Trainees in this track must have completed at least a one-year internship in an accredited residency program, and are preferably eligible for professional licensure in the state of Utah.
Fellows in either track are encouraged to complete coursework for the Master in Clinical Investigation Program (MSCI), a masters program sponsored by the CCTS (Center for Clinical and Translational Science) and designed to support a mentored research experience for fellows and junior faculty members at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Regardless of the selected Psoriasis Fellowship track, at the end of a one or two-year fellowship, the fellow will have gained significant expertise in recognizing and treating the varied morphologies of psoriasis, an in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of psoriasis, an understanding of current methodologies for identifying genes/loci associated with psoriasis, and a meaningful experience in the conduct of clinical trials. These skills will be useful to the fellow whether he or she chooses an academic research, clinical research in the private practice setting, or a clinical career in dermatology.