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Program Description

We provide an integrated, interdisciplinary research program that based on four pillars: experiential research, intensive mentorship, didactic education, and participation in a community of learners.

Experiential research

Fellows can train in basic, translational or clinical research related to critical care medicine. Broad topic areas for training include the fields of immunobiology, cellular biology, cardio-pulmonary physiology, epidemiology and outcomes research, health care organization and management, and decision science, among others. During the course of a 1-2 year fellowship,

trainees learn to develop a research hypothesis, design a series of experiments, and obtain valid results from those experiments, and published those results in the peer-reviewed literature.

Intensive mentorship

Fellows are paired with one or more of our expert faculty. Through a structured mentor-mentee relationship fellows learn research methodology in their chosen field, as well as practical skills for success in academic medicine, such as grant writing, public speaking, and the ethical conduct of research.

Didactic education

Fellows interested in outcomes and health services research are given the opportunity to complement their training through didactic education in research methods, often culminating in a Masters Degree from either the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education or the Graduate School of Public Health. Additional coursework in basic and translational science is available from the School of Medicine's Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program.

Participation in a community of learners

Our fellows benefit greatly from the scientific environment of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, which includes regular research conferences as informal workshops and retreats. Fellows present regularly at our Departmental research conference, providing an oppotunity to both receive informal feedback on their own work and learn how to provide constructive feedback on others' work.