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Fellowship Program in General Academic Pediatrics

The fellowship is based in the Department of General Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. As you may know, BMC has over a 100-year history of caring for poor, urban and immigrant children. Much of our research and many of our programs focus on improving the lives of these children. The clinical service has approximately 2,000 admissions and 75,000 ambulatory visits each year. The residency is combined with Boston Children’s Hospital.

A Faculty Development Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), along with institutional funding, support the fellowship. The training program is two to three years in length; over half of all trainees stay in the program for three years. Eighty percent of our graduates go on to pursue careers in academia.

The primary objective of the fellowship is to develop research competency, so that trainees can become successful independently supported physician-scientists. The specific objectives are to:

  1. Gain experience and knowledge in research design;
  2. Master statistical methods used in research and the interpretation of the medical literature;
  3. Understand the importance of appropriate statistical consultation;
  4. Become familiar with the problems and challenges of performing research;
  5. Conduct, analyze, present and publish the results of independent research projects in areas reflecting the objectives of Healthy People 2010;
  6. Complete at least one research project, culminating in a presentation and publication;
  7. Prepare a grant application prior to completion of the training program; and
  8. Develop skills in other areas that contribute to academic success, such as teaching and communication.

The development of research competency is accomplished through intensive mentoring and by course work at Boston University School of Public Health leading to either a Masters of Public Health or a Masters of Science of Epidemiology or Biostatistics. Research seminars, participation in the CREST (K30) BUSM training program, completion of both directed and independently developed research projects, teaching seminars, regular journal clubs and attendance at regional and national research/scientific meetings are also part of the curriculum.

For more information, please contact our fellowship director by email: Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSC

If interested in applying for General Pediatric Fellowship, please see attached fellowship application (.doc), and send your CV with a cover letter to:

Megan Bair-Merritt, MD, MSC
Fellowship Director, General Academic Pediatrics
megan.bair-merritt@bmc.org


 

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