The American Board of Pediatrics requires fellows to engage in scholarly activity during their fellowship and this is one of the most important aspects of post-residency training. Participating in clinical or basic research gives the fellow a deeper understanding of the questions that must be asked to advance the field and methods used to answer these questions.
The research training program differs for each fellow depending on his or her individual needs and previous research experience. During their first months, fellows meet with program directors to explore research interests. By the end of six months, each fellow will have chosen a research project and mentor and begun research activities that continue throughout their training. The senior investigator on every project closely mentors the fellow with the fellow participating actively in the scientific design, execution, and interpretation of results from each experiment or project.
Structured mentorship and didactic courses in statistics, research ethics and clinical research methods or molecular biologic techniques prepare graduates for a career as a physician scientist. Fellows typically present their work at national meetings such as the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS), the American Diabetes Association, and the Endocrine Society. These presentations are carefully coordinated and the entire division participates in preparing the fellow for these public presentations. Fellows have numerous opportunities for authoring case reports, review articles and book chapters.