Development of Research Skills

Education

Fellows receive formal training in research design and statistics, and become competent in the use of a personal computer for writing and research. The research study design and introduction to statistical analysis seminars are scheduled early in the second year. Statistical guidance is available in the section. Fellows are assigned to a scholarship oversight committee which has responsibility for supervising the fellow's research efforts. This committee meets biannually and reports to the fellowship director who monitors research activity and productivity. Manuscript and abstract preparation skills are emphasized in didactic and individual sessions.

Mentoring

Each fellow will choose a faculty member to assist him/her in developing and conducting a research project. The faculty mentor will provide advice on study design, data collection, abstract preparation and manuscript writing. The fellowship director will be available to provide advice and is responsible for monitoring the fellow's progress in research. The section enjoys a warm relationship with the parent department of Pediatrics, and fellows are encouraged to seek mentoring and scholarship oversight committee members within the section and the department.

Focused Time

In addition to seven months of focused time for research, the fellowship has been designed to allow on-going time for research during most months of training.

Research Expectations

The fellow is expected to explore research interests and plan a research project in the first year. A significant work of publishable quality is completed during the second and third years and presented at local, regional, and national conferences. The fellow will be encouraged to collaborate on additional projects as appropriate.

Areas of Research

Research may be done in any area of pediatric emergency medicine. Some current research interests in our group include new methods of disaster medicine, asthma, injury prevention, international medicine, head trauma and violence prevention.

Statistical Analysis

Available within the Department of Pediatrics.