Brian Becknell, MD, PhD
Director, Integrated Research Pathway (614) 722-4414
John D. Mahan, MD
Director, Pediatric Residency Program (614) 722-4414
Learn more about The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Integrated Research Pathway is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training. ABP guidelines can be found on their website. The research pathway is designed for residents who have earned a M.D. (with substantial research experience) or M.D./PhD. degree and are committed to an academic research career.
Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Research Institute and the Department of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University jointly developed an Integrated Research Pathway in 2002.
The first resident accepted into this program received the Resident Research Award at the Pediatric Academic Society meetings in San Francisco.
The second resident accepted into this program received the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology's Trainee Research Award. This is the first time in the history of the award it has been given to a Pediatrics Resident and not a Pediatric Nephrology Fellow.
Residents completing the research pathway are eligible to be certified in general pediatrics following an additional 12 months of clinical training in an accredited subspecialty residency (fellowship) program.
The Department of Pediatrics is steadfastly committed to the future of pediatric health care, not only by training first-rate clinicians, but also top-notch physician scientists.
Participating residents receive 24 months of clinical training and 12 months of formal, mentored research training during three years of residency.
Mentorship is a central feature of the Integrated Research Pathway. A customized mentoring committee of seasoned Nationwide Children's Research Institute investigators is assembled for each resident accepted into the research track. A research mentor is then identified based on the applicant's experience and career interests.
Flexibility is the by-word in structuring the research experience, but it is anticipated that discrete blocks of focused research experience will be distributed in blocks of 3-5 months duration. A sample schedule shows how research training is distributed among required core rotations.
Additional requirements of the program are outlined in the ABP web pages.