Twelve months of the fellow’s training are designated for research: 3 months in the first year, 4 months in the second year and 5 months in the third year. Each fellow develops his/her research under the direction of a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) consisting of PEM faculty with research expertise, a biostatistician, a senior research scientist, plus the program director as a non-standing member. This committee is responsible for formally meeting with the fellow quarterly to assure that progress is on pace to complete a project by the end of the fellowship.
General goals for research include:
Select an area of interest; identify a research mentor; develop hypothesis and submit to IRB.
Implement research plan; collect data and do a preliminary analysis; present initial findings at local/national meeting.
Complete data collection and analysis; prepare manuscript for publication; present findings at local/national meeting if not done in second year.
Clinical responsibilities are decreased during research months in order to focus on academic productivity.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a member of PECARN (Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network) and participates in numerous multicenter studies each year. There are research associates available 7 days per week in the ED to help the fellow enroll patients in studies as well. The Division of Emergency Medicine also employs data analysts and PhD-level biostatisticians to assist the fellow with design and analysis of their chosen research project.
The fellow will also have access to The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art research center with more than 100 principal investigators in both basic and clinical research areas. The RI also offers numerous educational opportunities that our fellows are encouraged to attend.