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Child Health Research Track

This track provides fellows with the skills necessary to conduct research with children in clinical research, behavioral/social sciences research, health services research and medical informatics. Participants receive a structured, but flexible, course of instruction and mentoring in the areas needed to become competent investigators. As in the basic research track, individuals are being trained in traditional pediatric subspecialty areas and have completed the majority of the required amount of clinical training (usually one year) in the respective specialty; the clinical training is supported by other resources. The course of instruction needed to receive a Masters of Science in Clinical Research is available to scholars who have not previously obtained comparable training. This is facilitated through collaboration with the HRSA supported Clinical Investigator Training Enhancement (CITE) Program (T32 HP15001). CITE is an interdisciplinary program of the Department of Medicine that provides didactic and applied instruction in clinical research, regardless of area of specialization. This structured curriculum requires 30 hours of graduate level course work. Modifications of the CITE program permit its adaptation to training pediatric scientists and conserves resources by eliminating duplication of effort across training programs in the Department of Pediatrics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

Curriculum for Child Health Research Track& Master of Science in Clinical Research

The core courses in clinical research equip the student to become an independent clinical investigator. Curricular electives are focused on content areas relevant to the student?s research discipline to gain added mastery in that area. The capstone experience is the writing of a first-authored publication-quality paper originating from the student?s mentored clinical research, submission of an abstract to a scientific meeting, and oral presentation and defense of these results before the student?s Advisory Committee.

The Curriculum consists of 30 credit hours divided into three areas: Clinical Research (16 cr.), Electives (5-6 cr.), and Mentored Clinical Research (8-9 cr.).

Clinical Research includes Biostatistics (G651, 3 cr.), Research Communications (655, 2 cr.), Research Ethics (G504, 2 cr.), Grant Writing (N802, 3 cr.), Clinical Research Methods (G660, 3 cr.) and Clinical Trials (G661, 3 cr.).

Electives [in consultation with graduate advisor] (6 cr.)

Mentored Clinical Research (G664, 8 cr.)

Most or all of the courses necessary to deliver the curriculum will be offered on an annual basis. Generally, students will average about 6 credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters and 3-4 credits in the summer.

Trainees in the program have at least 90% time allocated for mentored research and formal coursework. Ongoing mentorship is critical to the research success of the trainee. It should be understood that, in most instances, the trainee will work in an area in which the primary mentor has both sufficient interest and expertise to provide a mutually rewarding mentor-mentee working relationship and collaboration.

The Child Health Research Track consists of faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine who have worked collaboratively in training and research for the past 15 years. Faculty include Drs. Orr, Zimet, Fortenberry, and Swigonski in adolescent medicine, Dr. Lemons in neonatology, Dr. Downs in general pediatrics/health services research/medical informatics, Drs. Pescovitz and Rodriguez in endocrinology/diabetes, and Drs. Tierney (general internal medicine/health services research/medical informatics) and Marrero (diabetes health services research). This track includes two major thematic areas:

  1. Research in Clinical Pediatrics and Behavior
  2. Health Services Research and Medical Informatics.