Trainee Research Development & Programs

Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are developing the next generation of pediatric scientists through structured programming and a resource-rich culture of collaboration and creativity. Our supportive umbrella program ensures research mentorship and resources are available at every stage of the career continuum, from medical and graduate school through post-graduate MD, PhD, and MD/PhD residencies and fellowships.

All students, trainees, and early career faculty at Emory University who are interested in research have access to:

  • Diverse biomedical research conducted across Emory, Georgia Tech, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 
    • In 2018, Emory scientists received more than $550 million in research funding, $138 million of which was child health related.
    • The Department of Pediatrics (DOP) trains more PhD students than any other department at Emory. DOP includes 177 faculty members who are conducting research, 149 of whom are extramurally funded as principal investigators and 17 of whom receive more than $1 million annually in NIH funding.
    • This environment translates into an abundance of well-funded mentors who are excited to train the next generation of pediatric scientists!
  • Monthly “K-Club” seminars on how to develop a successful research career development grant application. Each session includes both didactic instruction and interactive dialogue with expert panel members.
  • Several annual events with judged oral and poster presentations where you can present your own research projects and/or network:
  • Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) resources, which include but are not limited to:
    • Training resources and seminars
    • NIH supported programs for KL2, TL1, the Masters of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR), and a translation certification program
    • Opportunities to collaborate with multi-disciplinary, world-renowned teams of pediatric researchers based in Georgia

Additional opportunities and resources for specific groups are described in the following tabs.

All post-graduate trainees (MD, PhD, and MD/PhD) have access to:

  • Subsidized research services through a system of research cores, including:
  • Participation in Emory’s institutional training and career development grants, which currently include:
    • Atlanta Pediatric Scholars Program, sponsored by the NICHD Child Health Research Career Development (K12) Award, for those interested in basic science.
    • BIRWCH K12
    • NIGMS IRACDA Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching [FiRST]
    • A variety of NIH-supported T32 grants, which currently include: Critical Care, Transplantation Science, Lung Health, Environmental Health Science and Toxicology, Inequities in Cardiovascular Health, Nephrology, Cardiology, Vaccinology, Transfusion Medicine, Neurology, Non-Malignant Hematology, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Oncology.
  • Competitive funding to support independent research projects through the Buchter Resident Research Award and Warshaw Fellow Research Award (eligible trainees include medical residents within the Emory Department of Pediatrics, MD and MD/PhD fellows within the Emory Department of Pediatrics or in an academic department within the Emory+Children's Pediatric Institute, and pediatric psychology (PhD) fellows in the Emory Department of Pediatrics)

Post-graduate MD and MD/PhD resident trainees with a strong interest in academic medicine are invited to apply for the Pediatric Research Investigative Scholar at Emory (PRISE) track. The goal of PRISE is to develop high caliber pediatric physician scientists with the potential to transform child health through research endeavors. Graduates of the PRISE track will have strong professional identities as pediatric physician scientists and will be competitive for career development awards (e.g. NICHD-funded K12 program, K08, K23). Emphasis is on a tailored, flexible, and supportive environment for each scholar to conduct her/his highest caliber research while learning to provide excellent clinical care. Please click here for a brochure.

Key elements of the PRISE track:

  • Intake consultation with the PRISE Program Director and Director of Pediatric Research Operations to discuss goals for their clinical and research future
  • Concierge mentor matching for both a research mentor and a career mentor
  • Individual development plan: strategic research electives, project timeline, scholarly product submission
  • Monthly research career development club, similar to K-Club but specifically for residents. Topics include but are not limited to:
    • Resident research grant preparation
    • How to write a conference abstract, case report, specific aims page, and biosketch
    • Communication skills: presenting research and social media
    • Human subjects research and IRB protocols
    • Mentor/mentee relationships
    • Work/life balance and time management

In addition to the above, the PRISE track offers:

  • Assistance in developing an application for the competitive Buchter Resident Research Award
  • Vertical integration with MSTP students and junior faculty K12 scholars and mentors
  • Participation in the FIRsT Course (Intro to Research for Fellows) during the PGY2 year
  • Financial support for conference attendance and publication costs

Accomplishments of PRISE track pediatric residents will include:

  • Abstract presentation at a national meeting (PAS, AAP, subspecialty-focused)
  • Publication(s): case report, review, original science
  • Completion of residency with distinction in research

Key Dates

  • Deadline to Apply for PRISE Track: November 1 - Submit CV and one-page statement of interests to Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
  • Deadline for project proposal completed with the mentor: April 1 of PGY1 year

The PRISE+ track is for those PRISE track residents interested in applying for the American Board of Pediatrics-approved Integrated Research Pathway (IRP) or Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP) programs:

  • Integrated Research Pathway - Enables up to 11 research rotations (equal to 11 months) over the course of the 3 year pediatric residency, followed by a fellowship
  • Accelerated Research Pathway - The first two years of residency consist only of clinical training and no research activities to enable the trainee to move more quickly to a fellowship with dedicated research time. The program is 6 years total: residency for years 1-2 is clinical only, fellowship for year 3 is clinically focused, and fellowship for years 4-6 is dedicated to research.

In addition to all elements of PRISE, residents on the PRISE+ track will receive:

  • Scholarship Oversight Committee (in addition to research and career mentors)
  • Preferential acceptance into fellowship of choice at Emory
  • Intensive grant writing workshop
  • Training in the responsible conduct of research
  • Optional coursework and workshops depending on interests
  • Additional funding support available during research years
  • List of Pediatric Research Champions and Areas of Interest

Sample milestones for PRISE+ track trainees are:

 

One of the unique advantages of pediatric fellowship training at Emory and Children’s is a common core curriculum for all fellows irrespective of subspecialty. The first year of the common curriculum includes the FIRsT (Fellows Introduction to Research Training) course.

  • FIRsT provides pediatric fellows with an overview and introduction to clinical and translational research in the academic setting.
  • Didactic sessions, panel discussions, and interactive opportunities provide forums for fellows to gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of clinical and translational research, biostatistics, epidemiology, the research enterprise, and practical and applied aspects of conducting research.
  • The course is held over a 20-hour period, comprised of 4-hour sessions for 5 days during the fall.
  • Please visit the Emory Department of Pediatrics Core Fellowship Curriculum page for more information about this and other core pediatric fellowship courses.

All MD and MD/PhD fellows within the Emory Department of Pediatrics or in an academic department within the Emory+Children's Pediatric Institute are eligible to apply for funding to support research projects through the Warshaw Fellow Research Award. This award provides up to $5,000 over a one or two year period for an independent, hypothesis-driven research project.

Emory School of Medicine has one of the largest and most comprehensive programs for postdoctoral training in the country. Our postdocs have access to a strong network of support services and partnering organizations throughout the Atlanta biomedical community. Please visit the Office of Postdoctoral Training for more information. 

Extramural Research Funding Opportunities for Trainees

The goal of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) Medical Research Program is to advance the translation of biomedical discoveries into applications that improve human health through the support of clinical research. One of the foundation's two strategies for achieving this goal is to encourage and develop clinical research careers. The foundation has programs for medical students and junior physician-scientist investigators. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels creates awareness for pediatric cancers and awards grants to physicians and research centers for life-saving research. The Hyundai Young Investigator Award provides funding for principal investigators whose research projects are likely to have a significant impact on improving the understanding of the biology of childhood cancer. Young investigator Award recipients may be in their 3rd or 4th year of fellowship training or currently pursuing clinical or laboratory research – and have completed their fellowship training within the last 8 years. 

The American Society of Hematology offers the Minority Resident Hematology Award Program (MRHAP) to underrepresented minority resident physicians in an internal medicine, pathology, or pediatric residency program to conduct hematology-focused research. 

The Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) awards grants of up to $15,000 to residents or fellows in orthopaedics or neurosurgery.