Fellowship Research Expectations and Opportunities

Research expectations

The primary goal of the research component of the fellowship program is high quality, in-depth scholarly activity that furthers a fellow's career development. The goal of the program is to provide the fellow with research tools, guided tutorials and a broad exposure to research experiences during the first year (consisting of short laboratory rotations).

Because individuals have different capabilities, motivations and career goals, the choice of research area (i.e., cellular/molecular, whole animal, translational or clinical) is decided on an individual basis with guidance and approval of the program through the Scholarship Oversight Committee.

Research opportunities

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offers short summer courses, graduate level coursework, and masters degree programs in epidemiology, biostatistics and bioethics. Fellows have participated in summer courses including: Biostatistics (EP 812), Introduction to epidemiologic research methods (EP 811), and Database design and management.

Certificate programs are available for fellows that desire comprehensive training in epidemiology and biostatistics. For fellows planning to pursue a career as a physician-scientist in clinical research, the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology provides comprehensive graduate coursework and thesis work that is a foundation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) mentored awards.

The Master of Science in Translational Research

The Master of Science in Translational Research (MSTR) postdoctoral program is designed to improve the quality of clinical research training by providing didactic courses in the fundamental skills needed for translational research. Through the further development of a graduate program in translational research (MTR) that will provide in depth instruction in the fundamental skills, methodology and principles necessary for the well trained independent clinical investigator, we hope to provide an internal framework for University of Pennsylvania (Penn) faculty and MDs enrolled in a fellowship program at Penn which will enable them to pursue a career in translational research.

Responsible Conduct of Research (year two)

This seminar series provides content on ethical aspects of research and clinical/laboratory protocol oversight. It is required of all fellows participating in research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Neonatal Work-In-Progress Series

This is a series of informal presentations of clinical, translational, and basic research in progress, involving members of the division of Neonatology. Fellows are strongly encouraged to attend during research rotations.

Neonatology Research Seminar Series

Neonatology Research Seminar is a weekly series of seminars serving as a formal forum for fellows, neonatal faculty and visiting lecturers to present their research. The second-year-fellow will present a research seminar detailing the background and plan for their research project. The third-year-fellow will present the final results of his/her research project.

Pediatric-Scientist Development Program

The Pediatric-Scientist Development Program (PSDP) is designed to provide research training relevant to specialty areas of pediatrics and to prepare entry-level faculty for research careers in academic pediatrics.

Physicians presently in pediatric residency who wish to train in basic, translational or clinical research with an established investigator/mentor are encouraged to apply, as are candidates who seek training in epidemiology/statistics, informatics, health services or health policy.

A commitment to an investigative academic career is essential. The Neonatology Fellowship Training Program at CHOP has a strong history of fellows supported through this program.

Date: March 2014

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