Critical Care Medicine | Fellowship Program | Scholarship
Our approach to scholarship begins with an emphasis on overall career development. We have created a track system within the fellowship in which fellow’s, with the assistance of Program Leadership, will begin considering the type of career they want early in training. Fellows will ultimately choose a career track as either a Master Clinician, Clinician Educator, Clinical/Translational Research Scholar, or Basic Research Scholar. The selection of scholarly activity for each fellow is highly individualized focusing on their ultimate career goals in order to emphasize the development of the skills and tools they will need to succeed in that career path.
Mentor selection is facilitated by the Program Director during the first year of fellowship with the goal to have outlined a proposal for their scholarly work by the end of the first year. Washington University faculty have robust scholarship in education, clinical, and basic research, and fellows may work with mentors from any Department at the undergraduate and graduate schools. This allows our fellows an opportunity to pursue nearly any area of scholarship.
Specific interests within the division of Pediatric Critical Care include: traumatic and hypoxic brain injury, overwhelming infection, immunity, red blood cell physiology, transfusion medicine, curriculum development and educational assessments, long term outcomes following ICU stays, nutrition, as well as novel and invasive monitoring of cardiac output. Many division faculty have additional appointments in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS). Further information on the scholarship conducted by these and other Washington University Faculty can be found through the DBBS page, including a search engine for research labs by keyword.
The fellowship is highly supportive of initiatives directed at the development of physician-scholars in basic science, clinical research, and education. Several programs exist to support development in these areas including the Pediatric Scientist Development Program (PSDP) and the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC). In addition, several of our fellows have completed course work through the Postdoctoral Mentored Training Program in Clinical Investigation (MTPCI) or other programs focused on deeping skills as a master clinician or educator.. Additionally, several of our fellows have been supported via institutional NIH T32 training grants. Washington University offers an extensive list of training grant opportunities, including several that are directed at pediatric research.