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Trainees in Clinical Pharmacology

The Training Program is organized and monitored by The National Board of Health (the supreme health care authority in Denmark). There two types are represented in the training program: A basic science mentor and clinical science mentors. The basic science mentor have dynamic basic science research programs that provide a stimulating and rigorous basic science research training environment with research questions and problems. In addition to their basic science research activities, the basic science preceptor also either directly conduct clinical research projects or collaborate with physicians who provide a clinical outlet for their research programs. The basic science tutor, therefore, encourages trainees to explore the relationship between their lab activities and clinical medicine. Although the basic science mentor is well qualified to serve as clinical science mentors, the training faculty is augmented by a distinguished group of clinical scientists who broaden the scope of clinical research activities available to trainees. The trainee and the assigned mentors meet regularly to evaluate the trainee's progress and to provide necessary guidance and help. This session is also used as an opportunity to explore the trainee's future career path. Finally, our trainees, having been exposed to the concepts of clinical pharmacology, are able to apply pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles to problems regarding drug therapy.

The fellowship training program in Clinical Pharmacology is designed primarily to address the widely recognized shortage of well-trained physician scientists who conduct hands-on studies in humans. Creative and highly motivated physicians with a central interest in the interactions between drugs and humans are selected. During the four year Clinical Pharmacology fellowship program, trainees goes through an assortment of modalities, such as didactic coursework, journal clubs, research rotations, shadowing in decision-making committees (e.g., Institutional Review Board, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee), and thesis research, trainees experience the excitement of working at the laboratory-clinic interface and develop skills that prepare them to be independent researchers and teachers, and role models for future generations of clinical pharmacologists.