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The Clinical Investigation Model

The Center for Applied Clinical Investigation maintains an aggressive research program designed to provide a clinical complement to basic science research across the oral and maxillofacial surgery domain. We monitor literature worldwide, and work to initiate and support research in emerging and under-studied disciplines. Our goal is to expand the literature to promote evidence-based clinical practice and improved outcomes in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Most research questions arise in clinical practice. We observe ‘what happens’ and ask what factors are associated with what happens. The ‘why’ questions are reserved for the laboratory; our investigators concentrate on what occurs and which factors can be manipulated by clinicians.

From these observations we formulate hypothesis-driven research questions and initiate rigorous, sound scientific studies designed to contribute concrete findings and outcomes that promote evidence-based clinical practice. For us, the methodology is as important as the research question, because only through a disciplined analytical process can the investigator support his findings.

Research and CACI Fellowships

The CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation is an opportunity for oral and maxillofacial surgeons or exceptional dental students to work at Mass General with CACI mentors on a course of independent clinical research in a focused area. Depending upon experience and interests, fellows may spend one or two years at Mass General and their research may be integrated with related graduate study at Harvard School of Public Health or Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of the CACI Fellowship in Clinical Investigation, most fellows will have achieved the academic credentials necessary for a junior faculty appointment at an accredited hospital- or university-based oral and maxillofacial surgery program.

Contact Us:

Center for Applied Clinical
Investigation

Dept of OMS
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: (617) 726-8222