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Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine

Houston, Texas

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Pediatrics - Critical Care Medicine
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Research Training

Research Training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
NIH, NRSA T32 HL007939

Program Overview

This fellowship program trains scientific investigators who will focus on issues that specifically affect critically ill children: The impact of the developing host on the pathogenesis of and recovery from critical illness and the effects of critical illness on development.

The field of pediatric critical care medicine is best served by training both M.D. and Ph.D. investigators to establish stronger links between research and the bedside. To facilitate these interactions, trainees participate in workshops, journal clubs, and group discussions, which will focus on the pathophysiologic processes of critical illness in the developing host.

Mentors are senior academicians whose areas of service or research link to pediatric critical care. The primary training method is a research preceptor-ship. Fellows may choose one of two tracks: Basic Science and Clinical Science. The program addresses the unique educational needs of both the M.D. and the Ph.D. fellows. Trainees are supported for one year, and may apply for a second year. Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for independent funding while being supported on this grant.


Program faculty have strong mentoring credentials in areas of service or research link to pediatric critical care and who have committed to training individuals on this grant. In general fellows are directed to seek out projects with these mentors. The list of mentors and their areas of research are found at our website. We recognize that highly qualified candidates may have research interests and/or already established research programs with senior investigators at the Texas Medical Center who are not mentors in this program. If the proposed mentor and/or research can be linked to critical care, we will also consider the mentor for this program faculty.

Fellows will have a research mentor, an academic mentor and a Scholars Research Advisory Committee to monitor progress, identify potential collaborators; other needed resources, and provide additional scientific and career guidance. Educational programs for each trainee vary depending on their background and chosen research track, i.e. clinical science or basic science.

There is a series of workshops, journal clubs and directed discussions and lectures for all trainees. For Ph.D. trainees there is focused series encompassing the pathobiology of diseases, which is a directed individualized study program akin to a pathobiology of disease course (with a more limited focus). Trainees may also apply for the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program or Masters of Public Health (sponsored by University of Texas Health Science Center).


  • Should be either M.D. or Ph.D. post doctoral fellows.
  • Must be citizens of the United States, non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Candidates are not eligible if on temporary/student visas.
  • Must be able to commit full-time effort to the research program and related research activities.
  • Research/clinicians trainees must confine clinical duties to integral part of the research training experience.
  • Must spend 90 percent of their time committed to research during the appointment to this program.


  • Stipends are provided as a subsistence allowance for trainees and are based on 12-month appointment period
  • Stipends range from $ 36,997 to $51,036

A trainee may receive compensation from Baylor College of Medicine for additional services; however the compensated services should occur on a limited, part-time basis apart from the normal full-time research training activities. The training program director must approve all instances of employment on research grants to verify that the circumstances will not detract from or prolong the approved training program.


  1. A current curriculum vitae/resume
  2. A letter of interest
  3. The names, e-mail addresses and contact information for three references

The letter of interest should specifically outline candidate’s career goals, how training in this program will assist in accomplishing these goals, training progress to date, and future goals as an academician.

Individuals who already have an established research/mentor relationship at Baylor (Texas Medical Center) must also have:

  • Letter explaining the project in detail to clarify the link with pediatric critical care medicine.
  • Two reference letters supporting candidate’s scientific accomplishments, skills in research, and provide assessment of the candidate’s potential as a successful investigator. (Referee letters sent as pdf. files are greatly appreciated).

Applications will be accepted until May 30 of each year, with training to begin by Sept. 1. Please contact Dr. Shekerdemian or Ms. Cavese for position availability prior to submission of the application process.

Program Director: Lara Shekerdemian, M.D.

Section Head; Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
6621 Fannin W6-006
Houston, Texas 77030
Tel: 832-826-6297
Fax: 832-825-6229

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