Residents - PRISE


The Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory (PRISE) track develops high caliber pediatric physician scientists with the potential for long-term impact on child health. Residents apply to the PRISE track in their first year of residency. Those accepted into the PRISE track include both MDs and MD/PhDs with strong interests in academic medicine. Graduates of the PRISE track have strong professional identities as pediatrician physician scientists and are competitive for career development awards (e.g. NICHD-funded K12 program, K08, K23, K99/R00). The track emphasizes creating a tailored, flexible, and supportive environment for each resident to conduct their highest caliber research while learning to provide excellent clinical care. 

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Residents in the PRISE track can choose between four options: a general track, and NHLBI-funded R38, an Integrated Research Pathway (IRP), or an Accelerated Research Pathway (ARP). All four options contain the same key elements, with the PRISE+ Physician Scientist Training Program tracks (R38, IRP, and ARP options) providing additional research rotations and mentoring opportunities. 

Key elements of PRISE:

All PRISE residents have an intake consultation with the PRISE Program Director and Director of Pediatric Research Operations to discuss their clinical and research goals. From this intake meeting, PRISE residents create individual development plans that include strategically planning their research electives, creating a project timeline, and a scholarly submission pipeline. 

Over the course of residency, PRISE researchers will also receive:

  • Concierge mentor matching for both a research mentor and a career mentor
  • Contact with Research Champions through a social event in their first year
  • Access to a repository of research projects conducted by previous trainees (in progress)
  • Monthly research career development activities covering topics like:
    • 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, all PRISE tracks offer:

  • Assistance in developing an application for the competitive Buchter Resident Research Award
  • Vertical integration with Medical Scientist Training Program students and junior faculty K12 scholars and mentors
  • Participation in science writing curricula and workshops during the PGY2 year
  • Financial support for conference attendance and publication costs

Accomplishments of PRISE track pediatric residents 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