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Autoimmune Fellowship

The Autoimmune and Complex Medical Dermatology Fellowship began in 2020 and is modeled after the University of Utah Department of Dermatology’s Clinical Research and Clinical Trials Fellowship Program, which has been in place for 25 years and has trained 29 fellows.

The overall goals are to:
1. provide training in research focused on unmet needs of patients with autoimmune and inflammatory skin diseases including atopic dermatitis, rheumatologic skin disease and immunobullous diseases, and

2. provide an in-depth experience in inflammatory skin disease to prepare the fellow for a career in academic dermatology

Co-mentors are Jennie Clarke and Aaron Secrest

MD or DO degree, preference for post-PGY1 year.

Time frame
12 months (July 2021-June 2022)

The fellow is expected to work with their faculty mentor(s), Jennie Clarke and Aaron Secrest to accomplish the following:

  • Complete all CITI training prior to starting the fellowship.
  • The fellow may help with IRB approval for projects as needed.
  • The fellow may assist with clinical trials coordinators to gain exposure to clinical trials research.
  • Fellows are encouraged to attend their mentor’s clinic at least ½ day/week.
  • Meet regularly (on a pre-determined schedule) with the mentor(s) for feedback and progress reports
  • Attend Dermatology Grand Rounds and resident lectures as well as relevant Population Health Services Research Seminars.

We anticipate the fellow to co-author at least 1-2 publications submitted for review by the end of the fellowship. We also expect at least one abstract submitted for presentation at the Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting in May 2022.

Salary Support
The fellow will be paid a salary commensurate with the fellowship rates at the University of Utah.

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