Pediatric Scientist Development Program

  • Program Administration

    The PSDP administrative office is located at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH. The Program Office coordinates application and evaluation materials, arranges all meetings for the PSDP fellows and committees, and is charged with day-to-day management of the PSDP and its budgets. Fellows' salaries and expenses are administered as subcontracts through their approved training institutions.

    Three committees are associated with the PSDP: 

    • The 16-member Steering Committee sets program policy. Its members include representatives of The Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the funding agencies.
    • The Selection Committee has 12 members:
      • Four from AMSPDC (though not necessarily department chairs);
      • Four from the Steering Committee; and
      • Four scientists from different basic research areas.
    • The Evaluation Committee reviews the Program’s effectiveness in terms of the PSDP fellows’ training and career development. This committee’s five members are selected by the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research. An ex officio member represents the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. 

    Continuing Review, Evaluation and Career Development

    PSDP committee members are available to advise fellows throughout the training period. In addition, PSDP Fellows and their mentors submit yearly progress reports to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee uses this information to monitor the fellows’ continued academic development and to ensure the continued commitment of the sponsoring departments.

    The Program Evaluation and Steering Committee members also review the fellows’ career development at the annual PSDP meeting, held in conjunction with the AMSPDC annual meeting, usually in late February/early March.

    • First-year Fellows receive individual advising.
    • Second-year Fellows undergo interviews and Committee members work with them to identify areas of concern.
    • Third-year Fellows also undergo interviews and Committee members work with them to identify areas of concern.
    • All Fellows attend career development workshops that cover important topics such as mentorship, grant proposal preparation, personal-professional balance, and effective negotiation.
    • Second-year fellows present posters of their research.
    • Third-year fellows present brief oral summaries of their research to an audience of pediatric department chairs and residents.