During the training period, each fellow under the guidance of a mentor is an active participant in a research project with the aim of serving as the first author on a peer-reviewed publication. Fellows have a minimum of 18 months of protected research time, predominately in the program’s second and third years.
Many opportunities exist to collaborate with Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics faculty members in clinical, basic or translational research. Collaboration can extend beyond pediatrics to include the faculty and resources throughout the College and the more than 50 medicine-related institutions of The Texas Medical Center.
Scholarly activity is not limited to research. It also includes educational and quality improvement projects.
Fellows are encouraged to select a project and a mentor during the program’s first year. Rotations with specific faculty or in specific laboratories are encouraged.
In addition to one-on-one research training with their mentors, fellows will have opportunities to learn skills that are critical to any research career: critical thinking, manuscript and grant writing, poster presentation, giving PowerPoint or multi-media research presentations, public speaking, answering questions, and responding to reviewer comments.