Research opportunities range from basic and translational sciences to clinical, public health and health services research. Training includes monthly progress meetings with pediatric physician scientist faculty members, annual retreats focusing on career development, and a pediatric research symposium. Participants gain experience in research methods and explore medical-science ethics and also gain presentation skills. Grant preparation help is provided along with discipline-specific and interdisciplinary role models for mentorship in academic pediatric careers. Program participants receive funding for scientific travel and books and have an opportunity to train for an additional year as a pediatric research fellow after residency.
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Once a month, trainees meet with co-directors, select mentors and Executive Committee members to discuss topics such as the importance of protected research time, characteristics of a strong fellowship/faculty candidate, and future funding opportunities. In addition, trainees have the opportunity to present work in progress while getting feedback on their scientific question, methods, results and presentation style.
Each year the program hosts a one-day fall retreat focused on career development and a half-day spring retreat focused on project development. At the fall retreat senior trainees have the opportunity to share their work. Break-out sessions occur throughout the day and an external advisor meets with trainees to review the program to ensure its continual improvement. The retreat is also a time for fun and networking between residents, fellows and faculty mentors.
Program trainees work together each year to choose and invite one or two nationally renowned scientists to visit. Visiting scientists meet with each trainee to give input on his/her research and career plans as well as convene group discussions on topics of interest.
Scholars Day is a research symposium for trainee researchers in the Department of Pediatrics. The scholars host as well as present their research at this event.
Attendance at monthly meetings is mandatory except for instances of prior excused absences which should not exceed 80 percent of monthly meetings. Participants must attend all visiting professor events and the annual retreats.
Program participants help organize all visiting professor activities and take a leadership role in the Scholars Day, including reviewing and selecting abstracts for poster and oral presentation as well as hosting the event. Other responsibilities include helping to organize and implement the annual research retreat and contributing to resident and fellow recruitment by calling and meeting with prospective program candidates.
The program’s residency track is tailored to provide mentorship from the first year to guide academic career development. Restructuring of the typical residency curriculum is allowed, if desired, to allow protected research time and American Board of Pediatrics pathways. A $3000 annual stipend supports books and travel to scientific meetings.
|6 months of Year 1||Choose a mentor|
|End of Year 1||Determine project title and present briefly on this topic (10 minutes)|
|End of Year 2||Complete at least 2 months of research elective|
|Year 2 / Year 3||Present a work-in-progress (20 minutes)|
|Year 2 and/or 3||Present at Scholars Day and/or national meeting|
|End of Year 3||Present at End-of-the-Year Celebration (30 minutes)|
For fellows, the program offers additional mentorship and career development opportunities as well as a $3000 stipend for research-related travel, books and expenses with an opportunity for pilot funds.
|End of Year 1||Present a work-in-progress (45 minutes)|
|Year 1 and 2||Present at Scholars Day and/or national meeting|
|End of Year 2||Present at End-of-the-Year Celebration (30 minutes)|
Program participants should complete the Milestones Checklist with their mentor and faculty advisor every six months. Program participants and mentors should complete and sign the Research Progress Report every six months. An annual evaluation is also completed with an external advisor.
About Morris Green, MD
Mentors and Research Areas
Mentors for the Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program are successful researchers from throughout the Department of Pediatrics; mentors provide research mentorship and are excellent role models for pediatric physician scientists in all pediatric subspeciality research areas.
Morris Green program participants may do research with any investigator from the Department of Pediatrics. Guidance is provided to identify the best mentor for each participant based on his/her interests and experience.