Trainee Research Development & Programs

Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are committed to training the next generation of leading pediatric investigators by offering new research tracks for trainees.

The Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory (PRISE) and the Physician-Scientists Training Porgram (PRISE Plus+) tracks, integrated within the main pediatric residency program, helps trainees to maximize their potential as a clinician and researcher through expert mentorship—each trainee is matched with a primary mentor responsible for guiding the individual's research experience and skills in their principal area of pediatric research interest; structured educational opportunities; unmatched flexibility and an abundance of available resources. PRISE and (PSTP) PRISE+ programs well-position trainees to be future leaders in the field of pediatric research.


Program Goals of PRISE/(PSTP) PRISE+:

  • Development of high caliber pediatrician scientists with the potential for long-term impact on child health
  • Train pediatrician researchers who will be competitive for career development awards (e.g., NICHD-funded K12 program, K08, K23)
  • Support the career development of clinical, translational, and basic pediatric clinician-scientists 
  • Professional identity formation as a pediatrician-scientist
  • Targeted to both MD/PhD and MD trainees

As a Participant in the PRISE or (PSTP) PRISE+ Programs, Trainees will Benefit From:

  • Receiving individually-tailored, mentored research training
  • Assistance with designing research studies
  • Support in submitting grant applications to the IRB and local/national funding organizations
  • Assistance with statistical design and analysis questions
  • Financial support to conduct research
  • Financial support to attend and/or present at research conferences and publication costs
  • The opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team of accomplished researchers from various backgrounds

Activities and Anticipated Accomplishments – During PRISE/(PSTP) PRISE+ Programs:

  • Abstract presentation at national meeting (PAS, AAP, subspecialty-focused)
  • Publication(s): case report, review, original science
  • Complete residency with distinction in research
  • Annual Residency Research Day—judged oral and poster presentations
  • Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference: resident research category
  • Annual Career Development Symposium (Deptarment of Pediatrics)
  • Vertical integration with MSTP students, K12 scholars, K12 mentors

Training Grant Opportunities – During Residency and Fellowship:

  • NICHD Child Health Career Development Award (K12) 
  • Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (TL1)
  • NIGMS IRACDA Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching [FiRST] (K12)
  • T32s: 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, Oncology
  • Buchter Resident Research Award: competitive application process, provides budget for research-related expenses (PRISE)
  • Warshaw Fellowship Research Award (PRISE+)

PRISE Track—Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory:

  • Intake meeting: hopes and dream for research and clinical future
  • Concierge mentor-matching: research mentor and career mentor
  • Social event(s) with research champions from each subspecialty division
  • Online research project repository
  • Individual development plan: strategic research electives, project timeline, scholarly product submission
  • Monthly research career development club—covering topics such as resident research grant preparation; how to write a conference abstract, case report, specific aims page, biosketch; research ethics, twitter for scientists, IRB protocols, mentor/mentee relationships, work/life balance, time management, etc.
  • Project proposal completed with mentor—due in April of PGY1 year
  • Optional components:
    • FIRsT Course during PGY2 year (Intro to research for fellows)
    • Monthly K-Club lunch sessions

(PSTP) PRISE+ Track—Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory+ {Includes general PRISE track components, plus}:

  • Option of applying for American Board of Pediatrics approved Integrated Research Pathway (IRP) or Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP):
    • Individualized support and mentorship throughout residency and fellowship
    • Scholarship Oversight Committee in addition to research and career mentors
    • Preferential acceptance into fellowship of choice at Emory
  • Access to diverse biomedical research conducted across Emory, GA Tech, and Children's
  • 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