Clinical Research Fellowship

Quick Facts

  • 1-year research fellowship typically runs from July 1 to June 30.
  • Full-time, 40-hour per week position. Fellows are expected to take a one-year leave of absence from medical school.
  • One fellow accepted each year.
  • Conduct clinical research; write and/or present publications.
  • Salary and competitive benefits.

How to Apply

Rising 3rd and 4th year medical students from any institution are eligible.

Deadline to apply for the ‘21-‘22 fellowship is March 15, 2021. Interviews begin in late April.

Read full application process below.

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Executive Summary:

  • Application deadline: March 15, 2021
  • Review: rolling basis, early application is favorable
  • Eligibility: Rising MS3 or M4
  • Position: Research Intern (Clinical Research Fellow)
  • Where: University of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology
  • Start: July 1, 2021
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Compensation: Salary and competitive benefits package


We are inviting rising M3 and M4 students to apply for a one-year Clinical Research Fellowship in the Department of Dermatology.

This is an extremely competitive fellowship that is awarded to one (1) rising third or fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated a keen interest in dermatology and is a competitive candidate for dermatology residency.

This position is unique in that the medical student interacts with nationally recognized researchers and dermatologists on a daily basis. Furthermore, this position is unique in that it is a clinical research fellowship, meaning that it provides the opportunity to be mentored in a clinical setting and to attend lectures with dermatology residents and faculty.

The Research Fellowship has a robust project pipeline, which may result in several published manuscripts, review papers, and conference posters/podium presentations at national conferences. The Research Fellow will work directly with multiple distinguished clinical researchers and the Department of Dermatology Research Administrator on all matters. The Research Fellow will have two primary responsibilities: writing publications and conducting clinical research.

We strongly encourage applications from students from populations historically underrepresented in medicine. The Department is committed to the diversification of our workforce and the development of an inclusive environment that supports the goals of all learners.

Responsibilities and daily activities include:

  • Writing and submitting publications, including managing revisions and edits requested by Reviewers.
  • Enrolling patients into prospective trials and following- up on active enrollees.
  • Developing research hypotheses and performing literature reviews.
  • Composing research protocols, drafting and submitting IRB proposals.
  • Other IRB communications
  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing clinical research data

Applicants are selected based on research experience and medical school performance, as well as enthusiasm and interest. The nature of the position makes excellent organizational and communication skills paramount.


The selected applicant typically begins beginning of July and works for 12 months.

Preferred Skills:

  • Organization, ability to multitask, persistence and motivation to implement the various components of a clinical study
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to work in a team environment and balance many competing priorities and projects
  • Ability to gather and interpret moderately complex data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication (publications are a plus)
  • Proficiency: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Experience in clinical research is a plus, but not necessary
  • Having access to a car is a plus for travel between locations
  • Familiarity with statistical software is a plus
  • Familiarity with REDCap software is a plus

Application Process:

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Review: rolling basis, early application is favorable

Interested individuals should submit a short application consisting of:

  1. Personal Statement of Research and Interest in Dermatology
  2. CV
  3. Transcripts
  4. Step1/Step 2 Scores (if available)

The application should be emailed to Clinical Research Administrator Heather Neils with the subject line “Derm Research Fellowship—Applicant’s Name”.

Not carefully following the above instructions may result in removal from consideration

The first round of interviews will begin in the end of March 2021.

Finally, all questions should be directed to Heather Neils

Primary Contact

Heather Neils
Clinical Research Coordinator
Dept of Dermatology
1 S Park St, 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

Dermatology 2021-22 Fellow

Ashley Ng

Position title: Clinical Research Fellow

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biochemistry
Medical College of Wisconsin, MD Candidate Class of 2023

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Fellow 2019-21

John Moon – University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, MD Candidate Class 2022

Jennifer Tran – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, MD Candidate, Class of 2021

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