Years 2 and 3 of the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship are primarily dedicated to hypothesis-driven research with decreased clinical responsibilities from the first year of training. Two distinct research pathways are offered, laboratory-based research and clinical research. Additional pathways are available if recognized by the ABP to qualify for sitting for pulmonary boards. A major goal of our training program is to provide fellows a focused environment in which they can develop research interests which will be integrated into their future careers. The Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) will guide the fellow along with their research mentor, meeting biannually during the 3 years of the fellowship training.
With a wide variety of research options available, fellows have the opportunity to participate in an ongoing research project or establish projects of their own under a faculty mentor. These mentors may be pulmonary faculty or faculty in other divisions and departments within MCW. Regardless of the research pathway the fellow selects, the ultimate goals include national presentations and publishing a manuscript in a peer-reviewed journal.
Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) Guidelines
To provide the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellows with guidance, leadership, and support throughout their fellowship.
All fellows will be expected to engage in 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; quality improvement; bioethics; education; and public policy. Fellows must gather and 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 Scholarship Oversight Committee in conjunction with the trainee, the mentor, and the program director will determine whether a specific activity is appropriate to meet the ABP guidelines for scholarly activities. These activities require active participation by the fellow and must be mentored. The mentor(s) will be responsible for providing the ongoing feedback essential to the trainee’s development.
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 trial
Review of scholarly activity and the written work product will occur at the local level. Each fellow must have a Scholarship Oversight Committee. The Scholarship Oversight Committee should consist of three or more individuals, at least one of whom is based outside the subspecialty discipline; the fellowship program director may serve as a trainee’s mentor and participate in the activities of the oversight committee, but should not be a standing (i.e., voting) member. This 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 the fellow's progress as related to scholarly activity
- Meet with the fellow early in the training period and regularly thereafter
- Require the fellow to present/defend the project related to his/her scholarly activity