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Children's Intensive Research-Residency Program (CHIRRP)

CHIRRP Director

An Massaro, MD

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.

Successful Candidates

  • Research residents will be selected through the same residency match system in place for traditional applicants.
               o   Interview with programs during the same interview window as other
                    prospective residents
  • 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:
                o    Extensive prior research experience (most will have graduate degrees
                       in addition to their medical degree) and/or evidence of a sustained
                       research effort.
                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.  

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