Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care

Research

Goal

To gain experience in clinical research and quality improvement in pediatric cardiac critical care

Objectives

  1. To learn the fundamentals of hypothesis-driven research in a mentored setting including the development proper experimental design and methodology and data collection and analysis.
  2. To develop the skills necessary for effective presentation of research results at national conferences and in published manuscript.

Overview and Expectations

  1. Fellows are expected to choose a clinical research project at the beginning of the fellowship year with the guidance of CVICU mentors and the PICU research team.
  2. Research that can logistically be completed during a one year fellowship with 12 weeks of dedicated research time include retrospective chart review, prospective observational study, hypothesis-driven quality improvement project, or database queries. This is a 12-week rotation divided into 2- to 4-week blocks throughout the course of the year; fellows will not be responsible for in-house call in the CVICU during this rotations.
  3. Fellows will also be expected to attend local and regional education sessions to learn the fundamentals of statistical analysis and research design.