The pediatric emergency medicine fellowship offers physicians an opportunity to greatly enhance their independent research skills. Our flexible research curriculum includes 12 months devoted to research. In addition, during Emergency Department months, fellows spend approximately 35 percent of their time in research and other academic pursuits.
The division’s research efforts are carried out by four research focus groups: clinical, education, quality and prevention. Fellows align themselves with the team that best focuses on the type of research that they are conducting. This allows research mentorship to occur naturally within each focus group.
Each fellow is expected to achieve two major research goals:
- Produce a written work project in which a hypothesis is developed or in scholarly exploration and analysis that requires critical thinking.
- Complete a certificate program in translational research or enroll, with satisfactory progress, in the equivalent (i.e., the master’s in medical education, public health or epidemiology). The equivalent program must be approved by the fellowship director and progress tracked by the Scholarship Oversight Committee.
Emergency Medicine fellows’ progress is monitored by a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC), which consists of four people, one from outside the subspecialty. In general the SOC includes the fellow’s primary mentor supervising the scholarly activity, a mentor who can provide insight into scholarly activity and a mentor for the fellow’s clinical training. The membership may change according to the needs of the fellow. The SOC meets twice a year to monitor fellows’ research / scholarly output progress.