The postdoctoral research training program of the
Children's Nutrition Research Center (CNRC) is appropriate
for physicians with clinical training in general pediatrics
or obstetrics as well as many of the subspecialties
of either discipline and for individuals with a Ph.D.
degree in virtually any biological discipline. In conjunction
with an established clinical subspecialty training
program at Baylor College of Medicine or elsewhere,
research at the CNRC can fulfill the research training
component of many clinical subspecialty training programs.
The training program is generally two years in duration.
However, a shorter program can be arranged for those
wishing simply to gain expertise in a specific methodology.
Longer periods of training also are possible, but funding
by the CNRC is limited to two years.
Research training at the CNRC is a modification
of the typical preceptor/trainee format involving supervision
by the primary preceptor as well as a small research
committee selected jointly by the preceptor and trainee.
The research committee is responsible for approval
of a written research proposal, review of progress,
and identification of desired course work as well as
the potential for collaboration with other research
programs at BCM or neighboring institutions. The committee
is chaired by the trainee's preceptor and can include
any appropriate member of the faculty of BCM or another
Formal requirements of the training program are
minimal. These include attending a BCM-sponsored course
entitled "Fundamentals of Clinical Investigation",
which is equally appropriate for those pursuing non-clinical
investigations. The course includes lectures on "Responsible
Conduct of Research" as well as "Biostatistics". Trainees
also are expected to participate in the weekly postdoctoral
fellow's seminar and the CNRC's series of weekly research
seminars. The former includes workshops concerning
responsible conduct of research, preparation of a grant
application and writing a scientific paper. Trainees
are welcome to attend the seminars/lectures/rounds
of any department at BCM or other institution within
the Texas Medical Center . With appropriate advance
arrangements, they can enroll in any of the courses
offered by the Graduate School of BCM.
With approval of the Director of the specialty or
subspecialty section and the Director of the CNRC postdoctoral
training program, physicians who have completed the
clinical component of specialty or subspecialty training
elsewhere and are pursuing the research component of
this training at the CNRC can participate in the clinical
and research activities of the appropriate section.
How to Apply
Those interested in postdoctoral research training
at the CNRC should review the various research opportunities
described below and choose an area (or areas) of interest. This
information plus a curriculum vitae, three letters
of recommendation and any other pertinent information
should be sent to:
William C. Heird, M.D.
Director, Postdoctoral Research Training Program
USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center
Department of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
1100 Bates Street
Houston, Texas 77030-2600
Dr. Heird will distribute this information to the
investigators indicated and inquire about the possibility
of incorporating a postdoctoral trainee into his/her/their
research program. If so, the investigator will contact
the applicant to discuss a mutually acceptable research
project. The investigator will then submit a brief
description of the proposed project plus the applicant's
Curriculum Vitae and letters of recommendation to the
Postdoctoral Screening Committee. All approved applications
are then reviewed by an Executive Committee which makes
final decisions about acceptance. Selection is based
on applicant qualifications as well as the appropriateness
of the proposed research project and availability of
Those interested in the program also can contact
each faculty member directly to obtain additional information
about his/her research as well as whether he/she can
accept a postdoctoral trainee. For this purpose, e-mail
addresses of the training faculty are included with
the description of his/her research. Inquiries also
can be directed to Dr. Heird.