Applications will be evaluated by the UrogynCREST Advisory Board, who will then recommend applicants to the UrogynCREST PI for final appointment. Criteria for selection include the following:
- Candidate’s prior research training and productivity including competency in basic research concepts such as study bias, interpretation of Type I and Type II errors, use of appropriate statistical methods, interpretation of confidence intervals and the limitations of studies
- Quality of candidate’s concept proposal and career development plan
- Potential to contribute to depth and/or breadth of pelvic floor disorders
- Institutional commitment to support their time
- Potential for candidate's stated educational goals & research interests to be furthered by UrogynCREST participation and their potential for contribution to the Program
Participation in the Program
Scholars are expected to follow the timeline of the program. About two years will be spent in didactic and hands-on instruction and mentorship with the project or proposal completed by the end of the second year. After that, participants are expected to continue to participate in in-person meetings at the AUGS annual meeting to provide additional support and guidance to subsequent scholars. In-person meetings will also give scholars who have complete the program a chance to network and potentially establish collaborations for multi-center studies.
The didactic component of the program will consist of the following:
- Three 10-week modules taught through the online learning platform Sakai, with two weeks break in between
- One self-paced seminar module to be undertaken after Modules 1-3 have been successfully completed
- At the end, participants will demonstrate a practical understanding of the key theoretical components of modern computational and analytic methods
- Modules 1-3 will consist of 2-week long sessions taught by different instructors. Participants should expect to spend approximately 5 hours per session including 2 hours of preparatory reading for the session, 1 hour to view asynchronized videos, and 2 hours of studying
The research component of the program will consist of the following:
- Development of a research proposal addressing a PFD topic of interest to the participant over about three months at the end of the didactic portion
- One on one instruction from the statistician, analytical programmer and a paired clinical mentor
- Ongoing review of the progress and methods of the project to ensure appropriate progress and scientific validity
- Preparation of a manuscript at the completion of the project
Participants are expected to attend the in-person UrogynCREST meeting at the AUGS annual meeting each fall, as well as an online web meeting one other time during the year. Scholars will present a progress report at each meeting, as well as other times as determined appropriate by the UrogynCREST PI and individual mentors. Annual reports will be submitted to the NIH detailing participants’ progress.
Scholars will be reappointed annually by the UrogynCREST PI with recommendations from the Advisory Board regarding their adherence and completion of course curriculum and the progress of their research project.
Should a scholar be found to be delinquent in any responsibility, a remediation plan will be created by the UrogynCREST PI and approved by the Advisory Board including additional meetings with the mentor and scholar if needed. If the scholar cannot adhere to the conditions of the program or fails to follow the remediation plan, he or she may be dismissed from the UrogynCREST program.