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Gastroenterology Fellowship

Research

First year fellows will discuss their general area of interest in research with the Program Director and seek advice on which faculty members inside and outside of the Division offer the best option for mentorship in that area. Fellows will meet regularly with their research mentors and collaborate with them to present research concepts and a hypothesis driven project to their Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) by the end of the second half of their first year of fellowship. Subsequently, during the second and third years, fellows will be required to meet regularly with their SOC for comprehensive oversight and assessment of the progress of each fellow. SOCs will endorse fellow accomplishments for the American Board of Pediatrics and verify that the Scholarly Activity requirement has been met.

In addition, fellows may meet on an ad-hoc basis whenever there is an unresolved issue and/or concern about their progress or resource needs, a need to review important findings, or in preparation for important events (i.e. fellow’s research presentation within the institution).

The research elective during the fall of the first year is dedicated time for the fellow to explore potential research projects for the second and third years. The fellow will use this time to meet with potential principal investigators, select a project and mentor, and begin to structure the scholarly work product. The proposed project is presented to the scholarship oversight committee in the spring of the first year. The fellow is expected to produce a work product fit for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Sources of funding

Fellows have guaranteed salary support during the second and third years, which allows for increased flexibility in seeking a project and mentor. Fellows are encouraged to select an interesting and meaningful project that will strengthen their foundation in academic medicine. Fellows are encouraged to look within the main campus at Children’s National, as well as outside institutions including, but not limited to, the George Washington University Health Sciences Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, both in Washington, DC, and the National Institutes of Health, in nearby Bethesda, MD.

Research Timeline

Year 1

  • The fellow will participate in a research rotation, divided into two 2-week blocks between October-January
  • Select research project by February
  • SOC meeting by May
  • Complete required training (ie. for animal research), obtain badge, etc, in time to begin research in July of Year 2

Years 2/3

  • The SOC will meet at least semiannually to monitor the fellow’s  research progress
  • The fellow will aim to begin structuring the written part of the work product at least six months prior to the completion of fellowship

Additional research

Fellows are required to participate in an ancillary research project in addition to their scholarly work activity. This usually consists of a clinical project under the mentorship of a faculty member.

Research Presentation Opportunities

Fellows are highly encouraged to submit their work for international, national, or local presentation. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Children’s National Research Day
  • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) Annual Meeting
  • Digestive Diseases Week (DDW)
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), The Liver Meeting

Sample of Recent/Current Research Projects Within the Division:

Biomarker Discovery Utilizing MicroRNA (miRNA), Genomics, and Proteomics for Detection of Disease Activity and Response to Medications in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Assessment of a Feeding Difficulties Diagnostic Tool Questionnaire for Children with Oral Feeding Resistance

A Comparative Study of the Antiviral Efficacy and Safety of Entecavir (ETV) versus
Placebo in Pediatric Subjects with Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Infection who are
HBeAg-Positive

What is the Current North American Standard of Practice for the Ongoing Evaluation and Management of Children with Celiac Disease

 


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