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Position Description

The University of Minnesota Stroke Program welcomes applicants meeting our criteria for fellowship. The research fellowship is an an 18-24 month commitment reflecting the time it takes to complete onboarding, develop meaningful clinical and research skills, and finalize a research project.  

Successful stroke research fellows are typically aspiring Neurologists with a focused interest in cerebrovascular disease who intend to pursue a Neurology residency. This position supports a J-1 research visa, and qualified foreign medical graduates are welcome to apply.


    Responsibilities include:

    1. Clinical Observer/Scribe: round with the clinical stroke team, present patients, review medical records, observe acute stroke interventions, and develop treatment plans in an academic medical setting. Research fellows attend all academic stroke and neurocritical care conferences and lectures.
    2. Primary research: assist with IRB submission, data collection, statistical analysis, and manuscript generation. Authorship is given commensurate to the overall contribution to the project. First authors of accepted conference abstracts have the opportunity to present at regional, national, and international conferences.
    3. Programmatic infrastructure: contribution to one or more operational domains within the Stroke Program (examples: REDCap expert, database management, scheduling, NeuroradiologyConference)
    4. Clinical Research Coordinator (upon establishing a track record of success in #1-3): formally assist with enrollments in pivotal multicenter clinical trials. This includes paid on-call overnight and weekend 24-7 coverage.


    • Completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies with the intent to pursue Neurology Residency or other neuroscience careers following their research fellowship
    • Experience in critical care or acute care clinical settings (emergency department, stroke units, intensive care units)
    • Independently motivated, will proactively take on various roles and initiatives as they arise
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Routine use of web-based data storage and communication platforms (electronic medical record proficiency, 24-7 smartphone communication using HIPAA compliant messaging, Box, REDCap, Google Docs)
    • English Proficiency (spoken and written)

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Prior research experience: IRB submission, drafting manuscripts, statistical analysis, and data entry/abstraction as a graduate-level student
    • Prior participation in clinical trials with an understanding of clinical trial logistics, informed consent, enrollment, randomization, and follow-up