Early in the first year of fellowship trainees are expected to select a research mentor and outline a research project. The Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) will conduct a series of documented meetings to assist the trainee in defining and outlying a scholarly activity. It is important to note that the scholarly activity can compromise a variety of possible approaches and may include basic, clinical or translational biomedicine; health services; quality improvement; bioethics; education; public policy. In addition, projects may include a critical meta-analysis of the literature, a systemic review of clinical practice with the scope and rigor of a Cochrane review, a critical analysis of public policy relevant to the subspecialty, or a curriculum development project with an assessment component. Projects may be, but are not limited to, the above recommendations as long as they meet the scholarly activity objectives. Project initiation and grant submission is expected soon after the project is approved by the SOC.
Years Two and Three
Ideally, the schedule for the remaining two years will be tailored for each individual trainee to ensure that both clinical and research requirements are met. By the time the second year begins, the trainee should be well poised to begin their scholarly activity or may have already started.
There are multiple venues for work product presentation over the three-year training period. Our fellows present at local, regional, and national meetings and conferences.
Beginning in year three, the SOC will begin monitoring the development of a work product of the trainee’s scholarly activity. The SOC retains the responsibility of ensuring the final work product meets the expectations of the American Board of Pediatrics so that the trainee may be subspecialty board-eligible.