General Pediatrics

Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training Program (PHEOT)

Overview and mission
Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program
Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research
Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Seminar Series
Other conferences for PHEOT trainees
Clinical responsibilities
Underrepresented minority recruitment
Research partners at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania
Additional information about the PHEOT Program

Overview and mission

The Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training program (PHEOT) is a 2-year research fellowship designed to provide physicians with training in hospital epidemiology and outcomes research. PHEOT is funded by a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development training grant.

Through a combination of formal coursework and mentored research projects, trainees will develop expertise in comparative effectiveness research, quality measurement, severity adjustment and economic evaluation as they relate to pediatric hospital care. The PHEOT program will train the next generation of clinical scientists who will help us to understand how to best measure and improve outcomes, assure patient safety, and manage costs for hospitalized children.

Trainees will benefit from the combined resources of the Center for Outcomes Research (COR) and the Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness (CPCE), as well as a rich array of “laboratories” for evaluating and improving health care processes and outcomes, including the Pediatric Advanced Care Service, the General Pediatrics Inpatient Service, the Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, and the Center for Quality and Patient Safety (CQPS).

All fellows will complete Masters level coursework in study design and biostatistics as part of either the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree offered through the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) degree offered through the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn.

Fellows will be assigned an advisory team consisting of seasoned methodology, content, and biostatistics mentors who will supervise the trainee in the successful completion and publication of at least one research project. PHEOT fellows will also benefit from a host of professional development activities, including works-in-progress sessions, a seminar series to teach academic medicine skills, and opportunities to present research at national meetings.

Training program co-directors

Jeffrey H. Silber, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Outcomes Research
Suite 1029, 3535 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
215-590-2540
silberj@wharton.upenn.edu

Christopher P. Bonafide MD MSCE
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Attending Physician, General Pediatric Inpatient Service
Room 12NW80, 3401 Civic Center Blvd
267-426-2901
Bonafide@email.chop.edu

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Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology Program

The Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree program provides comprehensive clinical research training. Students enrolled in the MSCE degree program are assigned to a faculty mentor at the CCEB based on the student's research interest. The mentor will act in an advisory capacity throughout that student's course of study, particularly regarding the development of the required research project.

All students must complete a required core of courses, generally taken in the first year of study. The core of required courses for the MSCE degree program is as follows:

Additional courses are required, some of which may be electives, depending on the track in which the student is enrolled (epidemiology, clinical trials, human genetics, bioethics or pharmacoepidemiology). In total, 14 course units of credit are required for the completion of the MSCE degree.

Students also are required to plan a research project in detail, complete this project and write up the results in the form of a thesis. Finally, students are required to participate in a series of programs for which course unit credits are not awarded. These requirements include: participation for at least one year in the weekly CCEB Research Seminar, which runs from September through June annually; completion of an online seminar on the ethics of biomedical research and completion of the School of Medicine's online Patient Oriented Certification Program.

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Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research

The Masters of Science Program in Health Policy Research (MSHP) is a two-year training program in health services research. The program is based in the School of Medicine as a collaborative effort with the Wharton School and a joint venture of the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (RWJ CSP). The program is closely affiliated with the Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the School of Nursing.

The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research prepares graduates for health services research and health policy research careers in academic, government, community, and industry settings. Health policy research investigates the organization, management, financing, and delivery of health care and the social forces that shape health in the US and the world.

The degree requires seven core courses, three elective courses, and a supervised Masters Thesis. The core courses are:

Electives include courses in: Health Policy, Health Economics, Statistics, Epidemiology, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication and Management.

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Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Seminar Series

Fellows in the PHEOT program will attend a monthly 1-hour seminar series customized to provide introductory lectures on a broad range of methodology and analytic issues specific to pediatric hospital epidemiology and outcomes research. Topics will include: administrative databases for pediatric inpatient research, severity adjustment methods for administrative data, hospital infection control, continuous quality improvement, quasi-experimental study designs, and qualitative methods to investigate behavior in health care settings.

Other conferences for PHEOT trainees

PHEOT fellows will join academic general pediatric fellows in the Fellows’ Seminar Series, which offers practical lectures on the “nuts and bolts” of academic medicine, covering topics such as writing and presenting scientific abstracts, writing scientific papers and responding to reviewer comments, funding streams for junior investigators, finding and negotiating for an academic job; and time management and managerial skills.

In addition, PHEOT fellows will be required to attend CPCE works-in-progress sessions held Friday afternoons from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. approximately 2-3 times each month. At these sessions, researchers present their projects in various stages of development before their peers, mentors and faculty in an environment conducive to constructive criticism and learning. Research methods are discussed and suggestions are made to further the fellow’s knowledge and enhance his/her project. Each PHEOT fellow will be required to present at a works-in-progress session twice per academic year.

Clinical responsibilities

In order to maintain their clinical skills and continue to practice in the setting where their research ideas arise and protocols may be implemented, the PHEOT program directors will arrange for appropriate clinical experiences for PHEOT fellows. Clinical activities will comprise no more than 20 percent of the PHEOT fellow’s time. Clinical experiences may include time spent as an attending physician on CHOP’s General Pediatric Inpatient Service, the pediatric or neonatal ICU, or the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, among other units.

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Underrepresented minority recruitment

In keeping with CHOP’s commitment to building and maintaining a diverse research community, PHEOT/PPTP welcomes and encourages underrepresented minorities to apply. Underrepresented minorities include the following:

PHEOT/PPTP maintains a Minority Recruitment Panel that consists of prominent underrepresented minority faculty members and former trainees. These panel members serve as a valuable asset to potential recruits and accepted fellows as they share their experiences and familiarize them with the resources available at CHOP. In addition, the Minority Recruitment Panel advises the PHEOT/PPTP Executive Committee on recruitment issues. CHOP also maintains an Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Multicultural Physician’s Alliance which works to ensure that CHOP’s vision is upheld and interwoven into all facets of its work environment. You can find us at the Race in Medicine Special Interest Group Meeting at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting and the Disparities Panels at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting. Please contact Debra Hillman, the PHEOT & PPTP Program Coordinator, if you would like to get in contact with one of the Minority Recruitment Panel members.

Research partners at CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania

Additional information about the PHEOT Program

 

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