Pediatrician-Scientist Training & Development Program residents will commit to the American Board of Pediatrics-Integrated Research Pathway, which is a three-year residency training program and will link to the categorical residency program for fulfillment of ABP requirements. The program is designed to create a clear pipeline from residency to a junior faculty appointment by offering a myriad of educational experiences, research opportunities, and career development. PSTDP residents will participate in the following components to promote the development as a clinician scientist: formal mentoring program, parallel education program, and a pilot grants program, each of which are described below:
Formal Mentoring Program
Mentorship in PSTDP entails the assignment of a residency educational mentor, primary research mentor, and a resident individualized advisory committee throughout the duration of the residency training.
Parallel Education Program
The parallel education program is focused upon providing the necessary knowledge and perspective to "flow" through the academic pipeline, develop an investigative program, and achieve success in a K-series career development NIH application. Key components of the PSTDP parallel educational program will include the following:
- Full participation in categorical residency educational program to fulfill ABP-IRP requirements
- Monthly Alternative Didactic: These sessions are focused on research development
- Pediatric Scientist Club: The PSTDP pediatric scientist club is required for all residents and will be held monthly to feature the career narrative and science of a pediatrician scientist
- Orientation retreat: A specific retreat for PSTDP residents reviews structure and encourage peer familiarity and interaction
Pilot Grants Program
The Pilot Grants Program helps to promote continual planning and development of allocated research time and effort along with providing strongly mentored exercises in grant writing.
All PSTDP residents are expected to apply for and obtain a pilot grant through the PGP, which will be used in support of their research. Applications for the PGP are evaluated in a mock study section held within the PSTDP, which will also provide an additional experience of value in understanding what is important in constructing a grant application and gaining insight into the review process. Finally the ability to receive an award and manage a research budget is an integral part of succeeding in research and is something that PSTDP program leadership will oversee and provide mentoring in.