General Pediatrics Research
Program Details

Program Details

Fellows will learn the essential tools and skills of research methodology that are necessary to develop an independent research career. The training program includes coursework, seminars and two mentored research projects.

Opportunities for additional training are also supported. Trainees who enter the program without a master’s degree will complete the requirements for a master’s of science in epidemiology or master’s of science in clinical and translational research. Other training experiences include quality improvement research and improvement science, medical education and biostatistics. General Pediatrics Fellows also experience weekly training sessions on relevant topics and curriculum in a small group environment that allows for peer interaction, feedback and mentoring.

Each fellow in the General Pediatrics Research Fellowship is expected to complete two research projects during their training. Typically, these projects include an original research project and a secondary analysis of existing data based around the fellow's original research question. To further develop skills in written presentation all fellows will prepare and submit one grant to the group each year for peer review and in turn critically review their peers’ submissions. In addition, fellows are expected to present at two national research conferences and to complete two manuscripts of sufficient quality to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, with the first paper submitted for publication at the end of the first year of fellowship. At the close of the training period, fellows should be competitively positioned to obtain grant funding and be successful in an academic career.
Fellows participate in a weekly, small-group, seminar series that includes topics essential for academic success not otherwise covered in standard coursework. Examples of topics include time management and presentation of scientific data. Review the Fellowship Selected Seminar Sessions .pdf for a detailed list of the Core Curriculum.

The General Pediatrics Research Fellowship offers fellows the opportunity to obtain a master’s of science degree through the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Fellows may pursue study in epidemiology or a master’s of science in clinical and translational research. A master’s in education (medical education) is also available; for those pursuing this degree, the primary interest must be in rigorous educational research (rather than in clinical education). The College of Medicine recently established a master’s in public health degree program, which may become an additional option for fellows.

Degrees offered through the Department of Environmental Health:

  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Children’s Environmental Health
  • Clinical and Translational Research

Certificate programs are also available to all trainees, and are offered through the Center for Clinical & Translational Science and Training:

The General Pediatrics Research Fellowship is primarily a research training fellowship; however, fellows may spend up to 20 percent of their effort on clinical experience that supports their research. Historically, our program allows the flexibility to include opportunities for outpatient clinical experiences in general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, behavioral problems, chronic illness, environmental health, hospital medicine, lead, weight management, and other subspecialties and conditions.

There are several opportunities for trainees to learn quality improvement methods, including online self-paced modules and a fast-paced interactive four-month coached team project (the Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative). Additionally, more intensive programs are also available through the Anderson Center. The goal of these programs is to develop leaders in improvement science and quality improvement. Several of our trainees have taken advantage of these programs.