Post-graduate MD and MD/PhD resident trainees with a strong interest in academic medicine are invited to apply for the Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory (PRISE) track. The goal of PRISE is to develop high caliber pediatrician scientists with the potential for long-term impact on child health. Graduates of the PRISE track will have strong professional identities as pediatrician scientists and will be competitive for career development awards (e.g. NICHD-funded K12 program, K08, K23, K99/R00). 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: Topics include but are not limited to:
    • Grant preparation: specific aims page, research strategy, biosketch, etc.
    • How to write a conference abstract, case report, and manuscript
    • 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 meetings (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 of PGY1 year
  • Deadline for project proposal completed with the mentor: April 1 of PGY1 year

Your application must include:

1) Statement of Research Interests (0.5 - 1 page, single-spaced, Arial 11 font, with 1" margins). The statement may include the following:

  • Your name and post-graduate year (required).
  • Prior research experience
  • Your specific interests:
    • General area or patient population
    • Basic, clinical or translational research
    • Research question(s) of interest that you’ve already identified
  • Ultimate career goals and/or how you see research being a part of your future career

2) Updated curriculum vitae (CV)

All applications must be submitted through our online application system:

The PRISE+ Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) is for those PRISE track residents with strong research backgrounds (typically MD/PhD) who are 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 in the PRISE+ PSTP will receive:

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

Sample milestones for PRISE+ PSTP trainees are: