The Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/The Children's Hospital is strongly committed to the career development of our trainees. The Opportunities in Resident Research Program is meant to enrich the residency for those residents interested in pursuing research during their residency and to foster enthusiasm for a rewarding and fulfilling career in academic medicine. It is open to all pediatric residents. While the primary purpose of this program is to assist housestaff in completing individual research or scholarly projects, this program also places a strong emphasis on opportunities in subspecialty training and careers in academic medicine.
We would like to meet with any resident who is interested in pursuing research opportunities or possibly in an academic career. Based on discussions with those individuals interested in research, we will try to identify and personally approach faculty members who have interests and projects similar to yours (unless you have already found a mentor on your own). We expect that most of you will not have a particular project in mind at the beginning of this process. Our job is to learn your interests and to suggest or find an appropriate mentor and project. Also, we will help to ensure that the project is achievable for both the resident and the mentor based on their time constraints.
We consider reasonable and achievable research projects to include (but not necessarily limited to) the following: a case report and literature review, a retrospective chart or database review, child advocacy work, participation in a clinical or basic science research project that can be accomplished in 1-2 months of elective time, or involvement in a small but well-defined aspect of a larger basic science or clinical project. Most residents in the past have allotted 1 or 2 months of their elective time during the second and third years of residency to doing research. We hope that such collaboration will result in a tangible outcome such as an abstract/presentation at a national meeting or co-authorship on a manuscript. Furthermore, we encourage residents to discuss their respective projects and present their findings in a Grand Rounds setting during the spring of the third year of pediatric residency.
In addition, we arrange formal and informal discussions approximately 2-4 times a year that provide perspectives on subspecialty training and academic life. We hope that such discussions help residents in making career choices. We also periodically try to arrange informal meetings between residents and visiting professors.