Our approach to scholarship begins with an emphasis on overall career development to prepare fellows for an academic career. The selection of scholarly activity is highly individualized, tailored to each fellow’s ultimate career goals in order to emphasize the development of the skills and tools they will need to succeed in that career path.
A variety of research projects are underway within the division. Fellows are also encouraged to consider research mentors throughout the Department of Pediatrics and across the School of Medicine. Washington University offers an exceptionally broad and deep research environment, allowing our fellows an opportunity to pursue nearly any area of scholarship. Fellows can therefore consider research mentors in the Department of Molecular Microbiology, the Department of Pathology and Immunology, the Department of Medicine (e.g., Adult Infectious Diseases, including the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program) and other departments and programs on the medical campus.
Fellows will be encouraged to meet with research faculty early in the fellowship. Fellows will select a primary mentor with whom they will work towards completion of their scholarly activity, with the goal to have outlined a proposal for their scholarly work by the end of the first year. A scholarship oversight committee will be convened to assist fellows in completing the scholarly activity requirement of the American Board of Pediatrics.