Clinical Research Fellowship
The Clinical Research Fellow program is designed to provide clinicians 20% protected time to 1) begin to develop into clinical and/or translational investigators and/or 2) to develop into competitive applicants for a WVCTSI Research Scholar position (50-75% protected research time).
Eligibility: Candidates must have an earned doctorate, a primary appointment (Assistant Professor preferred) in a Health Sciences School at Charleston Area Medical Center, West Virginia University (campuses in Morgantown, Eastern Division, or Charleston Division), or the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Objective: The appointed Clinical Research Fellow is expected to 1) be actively involved in one of seven WVCTSI Programs and 2) conduct mentored clinical and/or translational research (defined as research with human subjects or populations, or with direct application to human health) or take educational courses that would lead to a Certificate (Clinical and Translational Science or Applied Biostatistics) or M.S. degree in Clinical and Translational Science. Clinical Research Fellows are provided up to three years of 20% protected time with salary support and initial startup funds of $5,000.
WVCTSI Clinical Research Fellow Profile
Treah Haggerty, MD
Dr. Haggerty is an Assistant Professor in WVU Healthcare’s Department of Family Medicine, where she has also completed her residency and specialty training. Haggerty is a 2010 graduate of WVU’s School of Medicine and has earned her board certifications from the American Board of Family Medicine. She gives special interest to medical issues concerning pediatrics and women’s health. A West Virginia native, her focus through her WVCTSI Clinical Research Fellowship focuses on improving the overall knowledge and conditions of her home state’s obesity epidemic. Through her research, Haggerty aims to educate rural West Virginians on the importance of their own Body Mass Index (BMI) and how to prevent health issues related to having a high BMI and obesity.
There are times when researchers and physicians are doing their job extremely well, but without the guidance on how to take a research finding and apply it into a real clinical practice there would be an extreme disconnect.
With the help of both of these practices, especially through WVCTSI, I am able to look at research questions that I can translate into a clinical setting. It is very helpful from a physician's point of view that we are able to back up a change or new procedure with research that has been tested and founded.
- Dr. Haggerty