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MLA’s Research Training Institute (RTI) Fellowship Program will transform you into a researcher able to independently conduct and lead a quality research project. The unique year-long virtual training covers all the stages of doing research, from developing a research question and designing and implementing a study to communicating a successful health information research project.

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