The Vanderbilt Residency Program is committed to fostering the career development of talented child health scholars in the residency program who utilize the American Board of Pediatrics Research Pathways to optimize and individualize general pediatric, subspecialty, and research training.
The Department of Pediatrics is very excited to offer our residents the Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (R38 StARR Program). This is a mentored training program for residents possessing both the aptitude and passion to become a new generation of basic, clinical, and translational clinician-scientists. This program provides a nurturing mentored environment for Resident Investigators for one to two years of rigorous research training to facilitate the transition to a research-focused fellowship. Each resident investigator will participate in societies/communities for clinician-scientist development and will complete a mentored research project. They will also have a personalized Scholarly Oversight Committee to assist in achieving program goals, to provide independent evaluation of their progress, and to develop, advise on, and track their career development plan. All departments, research laboratories, and core facilities reside on a single campus offering an integrated research environment for early career physician-scientists.
All pediatric housestaff complete a scholarly project during their residency. These take a variety of forms, from quality improvement projects based in the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic to advocacy to clinical and basic research.
Many resident projects result in presentation at scholarly meetings or publication in peer-reviewed journals.
We strongly encourage residents to present original research at regional and national scholarly meetings. The residency program will work with the sponsoring division to provide funding for residents to attend any meeting where they are accepted to present research findings.
Residents complete a six-month individualized curriculum geared toward future career goals. Those interested in an academic research career will be able to incorporate additional protected research time during these blocks.