Research and Scholarship

Serious engagement with and understanding of an ever-increasing body of medical knowledge is a core skill for all pediatricians. We strive to provide this skill to our residents in several ways, including our EBM curriculum and our required research project.

P-CARES:

The research project is a graduation requirement that offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the creation of knowledge. The project can be accomplished in a number of ways depending on each resident’s individual skills and interests.      

Each intern meets with a fellow or faculty mentor to discuss their interests and identify potential project collaborators and mentors.  Throughout residency, regularly occurring Research in Progress conferences provide the opportunity to present projects in development and to gain feedback from colleagues. Final projects are presented at the annual Pediatric Research Day in the spring of each year. In recent years several of our residents have gone on to present their work at regional and national meetings, including the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, the annual Pediatric Academic Society meeting, and numerous subspecialty pediatric meetings.

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We proud to offer the following two research pathways that are approved by the American Board of Pediatrics:

Accelerated Research Track:

This pathway is designed to accommodate and encourage candidates who are committed to academic careers as physician scientists with a strong research emphasis in a pediatric subspecialty. This pathway is not the only route to accomplish such a goal but provides flexibility and additional time for research training during the subspecialty fellowship without lengthening training beyond six years. Candidates entering the ARP may begin subspecialty training after completion of two years of general comprehensive pediatric training.

The curriculum for the PL1 and PL2 years of general pediatrics training will include a broad exposure to the specialty and 22 months of clinical experience, 20 months of which are specified.

Subspecialty training must be at least 4 years in duration and in a discipline for which the ABP offers a Certificate of Special Qualification (CSQ). The duration of clinical will be dependent on the pediatric subspecialty. It is understood that a minimum of 1 year of clinical training is required. Trainees will be required to meet the same standards for scholarly achievement as defined for those in the standard 3-year subspecialty fellowship training programs.

No exam is required in order to enter into this pathway. However, candidates must self-identify early, preferably prior to the start of the PL-1 year and no later than nine months into the PL-1 year.

To meet the eligibility requirements for certification in general pediatrics, the trainee must satisfactorily complete 2 years of core general pediatrics training (22 clinical months) and an additional year (11 months of clinical experience) in the subspecialty fellowship. Verification of clinical competence and training will be required from both the general pediatrics program director and the subspecialty training program director.

For more information on this track please visit the ABP website.

Integrated Research Track:

This track is open to MD/PhD graduates who would benefit by having the ability to continue ongoing research during their pediatric residency During the 3 years of general pediatric residency, a maximum of 11 months may be spent in research, with at least 5 months in the PL3 year and no more than 1 month in the PL1 year.

Individuals must apply for this pathway either before entering an accredited pediatric residency program or during the first 9 months of the PL1 year. The curricular components of the minimum 22 months of core clinical pediatric residency must be fulfilled.

A supervisory/review committee must be established by the residency program and the research mentors to ensure that each trainee is meeting the requirements of training and is successfully completing each experience before continuing in the pathway. The program director provides careful evaluation of clinical training and determines whether the resident is attaining knowledge and experience necessary to provide independent care of children. A research mentor oversees the research experiences to ensure that the trainee is accomplishing pathway goals.

To meet the eligibility requirements for certification in general pediatrics, the resident must satisfactorily complete 36 months in the IRP. The program director must verify that the resident has completed the prescribed training, verify clinical competence and recommend the individual for the examination. An additional 12 months of pediatric clinical experience must be completed successfully to be eligible to apply for the certifying examination in general pediatrics. This experience must be in an accredited specialty residency or subspecialty fellowship approved by the ABP. The program director of the additional clinical experience will be asked to verify clinical competence and training. The certifying examination may not be taken until the 3-year IRP and the additional 1 year of clinical training have been completed.

For more information on this track please visit the ABP website.