Pediatric residents have many opportunities to participate in research as an elective or in the ABP special research pathways. Pediatric faculty are enthusiastic about mentoring the next generation of physician scientists. Electives, rotations and special lectures offer options to pursue interests in multiple research methods—from basic science and clinical studies to health services and policy research.
A formal research requirement is not in place, but all residents are expected to develop an area of emphasis for their Senior Project, presenting an original clinical or scientific presentation on a clinical, research, advocacy or Continuous Quality Improvement topic. An annual resident-fellow research day recognizes the excellent work of Department of Pediatrics trainees.
Unique to IU School of Medicine is the Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program, which was created to identify and support pediatric residents and fellows who want to develop careers as pediatric researchers, physician-scientists and future academic leaders. The program provides protected research time, a structured research curriculum, mentorship and research project funding.
The internationally recognized Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research investigates the causes and mechanisms of pediatric disease and develops innovative approaches for diagnosis and treatment. Education of the next generation of basic and translational scientists is one of the core missions of the Wells Center, with faculty mentoring medical students and young physicians in grant writing, research planning, manuscript writing and presentation delivery.