All fellows are expected to engage in scholarly activity projects in which they develop hypotheses or in projects of substantive scholarly exploration and analysis that require critical thinking. Areas in which scholarly activity may be pursued include, but are not limited to: basic, clinical, or translational biomedicine; health services; bioethics; education; and public policy. Fellows must gather an analyze data, derive and defend conclusions, place conclusions in the context of what is known or not known about a specific area of inquiry, and present their work in oral and written form.
A Scholarly Oversight Committee in conjunction with the trainee, mentor and program director will determine whether a specific activity is appropriate to meet the ABP guidelines for scholarly activities.
Involvement in scholarly activities must result in the generation of a specific written “work product”. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- A peer-reviewed publication in which a fellow played a substantial role
- An in-depth manuscript describing a completed project
- A thesis or dissertation written in connection with the pursuit of an advanced degree
- An extramural grant application that has either been accepted or favorably reviewed
- A progress report for projects of exceptional complexity, such as a multi-year clinical trail
The Scholarly Oversight Committee
Each fellow will be assigned to a Pediatric Scholarly Oversight Committee at the beginning of their fellowship. Fellows will meet and present their scholarly activity to their Scholarly Oversight Committee three times a year. The committee will review research progress and report to the Program Director on the progress of each fellow’s scholarly activity.
The Scholarly Oversight Committee will:
- Determine whether a specific activity is appropriate to meet the ABP guidelines for scholarly activity
- Determine a course of preparation beyond the core fellowship curriculum to ensure successful completion of the project
- Evaluate fellow’s progress as related to scholarly activity
- Advise the program director on the fellow’s progress and assess whether the fellow has satisfactorily met the guidelines associated with the requirement for active participation in scholarly activities
Quality Improvement Projects
In addition to a scholarly work product, fellows must complete a quality improvement project during their fellowship training. This will provide the fellow with the opportunity to put the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle into practice, stimulating its application throughout the fellow’s medical career.
Each fellow is required to present their QI project to faculty during division meeting and will be evaluated by select faculty.