Research goals for all fellows include: cultivating the skills needed to critically evaluate clinical research performed by others; and producing scholarly work. All fellows will receive education in basic research methodology and will be asked to pick an area of interest in pediatric hospital medicine. Fellows who choose to develop skills needed to perform original independent research will do so through didactic and experiential learning. These fellows will be encouraged to complete a hypothesis-driven secondary analysis and to acquire background information for a primary data collection project to be completed in the second year. Opportunities exist for projects in all areas of inpatient pediatrics, including clinical effectiveness, medical education, translational research, health services research and Quality Improvement.
Fellows choosing hospital-based QI research as their scholarly focus will receive training in rigorous QI analytical methods. Projects will be designed to improve performance with concentration on methods to promote internal and external validity. Areas of study will include: statistical process control, cluster randomized controlled trials, interrupted time series, pre-post studies with a strong comparison group, and other similar quasi-experimental or experimental designs. Research curriculum will be coordinated by Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, Section Head of PHM and Michelle Torok, PhD, Epidemiologist, Children’s Outcomes Research Program/Colorado Health Outcomes Program. Quality Improvement curriculum will be coordinated by Amy Tyler, MD, Director of Quality and Assistant Professor, Section of PHM, in collaboration with Dan Hyman, MD, MMM, Chief Quality Officer and Associate Professor, Section of PHM.
Fellows will be encouraged to present their scholarly work at local, regional and/or national meetings. Additionally, they will be asked to attend specific workshops through the Center for Faculty Development, monthly Pediatric Hospital Medicine research meetings and section meetings, bimonthly. Fellows may have the opportunity to pursue a master's degree through the School of Public Health or the CCTSI: Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.
Opportunities and Resources
Research opportunities and mentorship are available to our fellows not only with our nationally-recognized faculty, but with other researchers on the UCSOM campus and at affiliated research centers. We have strong ties with the University Of Colorado School Of Public Health, the CCTSI Clinical Science Graduate Training Program, the Children’s Outcomes Research Program, Denver Health Medical Center, the Colorado Department of Health, National Jewish Hospital, Kaiser Permanente and Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS).
Furthermore, the Pediatric Hospital Medicine faculty direct research in epidemiology, health services, medical education, quality improvement and clinical research that utilizes sources such as the Kids’ Inpatient Database and the Pediatric Health Information System database. The Section also has a full-time MPH research coordinator who is available to fellows for help with data collection, IRB applications, database management, and abstract and paper submission as well as a half-time PhD-level epidemiologist who is available for methodologic and statistical consultation.
During the first year, all fellows will learn about the research process through coursework and mentorship. Those interested will further develop these skills by conducting a secondary data analysis project with the opportunity to initiate a primary data collection project during their second year.
Fellows opting to stay three years will complete their primary data study and aim to present the findings at an academic conference or in a peer-reviewed medical journal. They may also complete their Master’s thesis, submit a small grant application and begin writing their career development award. These fellows will continue to learn advanced research methods and statistical analysis skills during their final year.
Scholarship Oversight Committees
Each fellow in their first year will identify a Scholarship Oversight Committee of three mentors, including one from outside the Department of Pediatrics.