Fellows have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in clinical research during the fellowship program. The degree program prepares graduates to successfully compete for grant funding, conduct and analyze research findings, and publish their work in scientific journals.
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In the first year of fellowship training, fellows spend six months in Clinical PICU, one month in Cardiac Critical Care, one month in Procedural Sedation, three months in Research, and four weeks of vacation.
In the second year of fellowship training, fellows spend three months in Clinical PICU, two months in Cardiac Critical Care, six months in research and have four weeks of vacation.
Third-year fellows spend two months in Clinical PICU, two months in Cardiac Critical Care, seven months in research and have four weeks of vacation.
Due to the extensive clinical experience required to become a competent Pediatric Critical Care clinician, night call is required throughout the fellowship, including research months. All fellows have two weekends per month of call responsibility. Typically, first-year fellows are on call six nights per month; second-year fellows cover five nights per month; and third-year fellows are on call four nights per month. A systematic program for advancing the fellow’s autonomy during night call progresses trainees from direct to indirect supervision.
The Pediatric Intensive Care sections offers numerous educational lectures, and fellows are encouraged to participate. The program is designed to systematically cover the required curriculum through a series of formal didactic lectures, journal club presentations, research conferences, and mortality and morbidity case-based discussion sessions. In addition, the IU School of Medicine often sponsors guest speakers on a national level and from within Indiana University. Additionally a Riley Fellow workshop series addresses the educational and career development needs of all subspecialty fellows within the Department of Pediatrics.