Cardiology fellows typically have 16 months dedicated for research training. The depth and breadth of pediatric research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in general and specifically within the Heart Institute provides unparalleled opportunities to advance pediatric cardiovascular medicine through clinical or laboratory research. Research performed by cardiology fellows is supported by the Heart Institute Research Core (HIRC), a unit dedicated to innovation in clinical and translational cardiovascular science. HIRC facilitates the design and implementation of research studies, the dissemination and application of findings and the development of research professionals. To accomplish the specific goals of his or her research project, the fellow works with an assigned project manager to lead a customized research team selected from a cadre of more than 40 research professionals, including clinical research coordinators, research nurses, biostatisticians, business and administrative personnel and biomedical informatics and data management experts.
In conjunction with the University of Cincinnati, the fellowship program also offers a Master of Science degree in Clinical and Translational Research. This degree program is designed to provide clinical professionals the necessary skills for a successful career as an independent investigator. The program emphasizes specific training in clinical epidemiology/clinical effectiveness, molecular epidemiology, clinical trials and translational research to prepare clinicians for translation of scientific advances into improved clinical practice and human health.