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Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Research

Children’s has become a leader among children’s hospitals in research funding. The Children’s Research Institute (CRI) is the academic home for many of our institution’s leading researchers, and both clinical and lab-based research opportunities are available to our trainees. Additionally, our division participates in both CPCCRN (the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, a competitive NIH-funded clinical trials network) and PALISI (the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators, a multi-center research consortium). With the NIH located only a few miles from Children’s National, the opportunity exists for selected fellows to participate in research.

Each of our trainees is expected to complete a minimum of one scholarly project during the course of their fellowship, resulting in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication. In addition, our fellows are expected to present findings at a national meeting.

A crucial first step in this process is the formation of a mentoring relationship with a faculty member (either inside or outside of our division), followed by development of a research question and specific aims and formation of a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC). The SOC will meet regularly with the fellow throughout his or her training to monitor the progress of the project, provide guidance, and assure that the fellow is engaging in a meaningful and educational scholarly endeavor that will meet the requirements for board certification.

Some important components of our research training include:

  • Fellow core curriculum education series and research seminar guide fellows in the development of research skills.
  • Academic Services Assistance Program (ASAP), a Wednesday noon seminar open to all Children’s faculty and fellows, offers multiple sessions focused on the development of research skills. Examples include conferences in submitting successful IRB proposals, securing funding, and poster preparation.
  • Regularly scheduled opportunities to present research work to the critical care faculty.
  • Opportunity to take courses at the George Washington University at minimal cost, including working towards a master’s degree for selected fellows.
 


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