Research and Scholarly Activity

A vital part of the pediatric cardiology training is the environment and opportunity for research. A large number of active research projects are currently being carried out by members of the pediatric cardiology faculty. Additional projects are also in progress in related disciplines. The fellows are exposed to ongoing clinical and basic research in the Division and in the Department of Pediatrics through pediatric cardiology research conferences held every other month, and the monthly Children's Health Research Center conferences. The latter are part of a broad NIH-sponsored center grant to foster research in pediatrics and its subspecialties. The Mount Sinai Department of Pediatrics is one of 11 departments awarded this grant, which has been in existence since 1991.

All pediatric cardiology fellows spend one month assigned to research during their first year. During the month, which is in the second half of the year, the fellows identify an area of interest from potential projects defined by the faculty or by developing a novel project. Fellows arrange a research mentorship with the appropriate sponsoring faculty member(s) who are in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology or elsewhere at the institution. Preliminary readings are suggested by the mentor, and further relevant material is sought from recent literature. For clinical projects, the pediatric cardiology fellow drafts an IRB document including the research methods and consent forms. This critical document is prepared under the direction of the research mentor and is timed to allow the trainees to pursue their projects in earnest when their extended blocks of research time begin during the second year. During their second and third years, the fellows devote 10 months in blocks of at least two, and preferably three, months. They meet regularly with their research mentors and their progress is continually evaluated by an assigned scholarly evaluation committee. By the mid-portion of their third year, the residents are expected to submit at least one abstract of their work to an appropriate regional or national scientific meeting. The manuscript describing the research is expected to be completed no later than two months after submitting the abstract.

Aside from the mentoring in experimental design, data collection and statistical analysis provided by their individual research mentor and statistician, the pediatric cardiology residents are encouraged to take a formal course titled or a well defined Scholarly curriculum now mandated by the ABP. "Introduction to Clinical Research" during their first and second year of training. This course meets weekly for 1-2 hours and is offered annually in the spring. The curriculum includes lectures on germane topics including understanding IRB and writing for grants. Principals of adult learning, teaching skills and mentorship and bio-ethics.

Teaching Responsibilities

Fellows are encouraged to teach rotating elective residents and students when on service and during their outpatient clinics. They are required to give at least two didactic sessions to the pediatric residents under supervision. And at least two talks to the faculty and fellows in cardiology.

They are also encouraged to participate in weekly didactic and core curriculum reviews and monthly journal club sessions.


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Application Review Deadline:
January 15, 2014

Advanced Imaging Deadline:
September 1, 2013

Interviews:
September 1 - November 12, 2013

Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Evaluation Form [PDF]