Children's Intensive Research-Residency Program (CHIRRP)
Leticia Ryan, MD, MPH (Clinical and Community Science)
CHIRRP Steering Committee
Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH (Translational Science)
Brian Rood, MD (Cancer)
Adeline Vanderver, MD (Neuroscience)
Craig Peters, MD (SZ)
- CHIRRP is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training and is designed for residents who have earned an MD (with substantial research experience) or MD/PhD degree and are committed to an academic research career.
- The ABP's Integrated Research Pathway allows for 11 months of research to be integrated into 3 years of general pediatrics residency prior to entering a 3-year fellowship in a pediatric subspecialty.
- CHIRRP residents will parallel traditional clinical residency for most of the first year.
- Residents will spend a total of 11 months out of the 3-year residency in research training opportunities. Research training months will be maximized in the final 2 years of residency.
- Continuity clinic continues weekly throughout the three years.
- Mentorship is a central feature of CHIRRP. A customized mentoring committee of experienced Children's National investigators is assembled for each resident. A research mentor is then identified based on the applicant's experience and career interests, which may be oriented toward basic science, clinical science, public health or health policy.
o Interview with programs during the same interview window as other
- Research residents will be selected through the same residency match system in place for traditional applicants.
o Extensive prior research experience (most will have graduate degrees
- One to two research-residency slots will be offered per year.
- Intern applicants cannot be guaranteed acceptance into CHIRRP prior to the beginning of their internship since clinical performance and PL-1 in-service exam scores are used to judge a candidate's suitability for this training.
- Housestaff who wish to pursue this pathway must notify the Program Directors by January 1st of the internship year.
- Necessary requirements to be considered include:
in addition to their medical degree) and/or evidence of a sustained
o Indication, from the candidate's PL-1 in-training exam score, that he or
she will probably be able to pass the American Board of Pediatrics
Certifying Exam without a third year of general pediatric clinical
o Candidates must be approved by the American Board of Pediatrics
during the first nine months of the PL-1 year.