Children's Intensive Research-Residency Program (CHIRRP)
An Massaro, MD
CHIRRP Steering Committee
Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH (Translational Science)
Brian Rood, MD (Cancer)
Adeline Vanderver, MD (Neuroscience)
Craig Peters, MD (SZ)
- CHIRRP is an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) approved mechanism for pediatric residency training and is designed for residents who have earned an MD (with substantial research experience) or MD/PhD degree and are committed to an academic research career.
- The ABP's Integrated Research Pathway allows for 11 months of research to be integrated into 3 years of general pediatrics residency prior to entering a 3-year fellowship in a pediatric subspecialty.
- CHIRRP residents will parallel traditional clinical residency for most of the first year.
- Residents will spend a total of 11 months out of the 3-year residency in research training opportunities. Research training months will be maximized in the final 2 years of residency.
- Continuity clinic continues weekly throughout the three years.
- Mentorship is a central feature of CHIRRP. A customized mentoring committee of experienced Children's National investigators is assembled for each resident. A research mentor is then identified based on the applicant's experience and career interests, which may be oriented toward basic science, clinical science, public health or health policy.
o Interview with programs during the same interview window as other
- Research residents will be selected through the same residency match system in place for traditional applicants.
o Extensive prior research experience (most will have graduate degrees
- One to two research-residency slots will be offered per year.
- Intern applicants cannot be guaranteed acceptance into CHIRRP prior to the beginning of their internship since clinical performance and PL-1 in-service exam scores are used to judge a candidate's suitability for this training.
- Housestaff who wish to pursue this pathway must notify the Program Directors by January 1st of the internship year.
- Necessary requirements to be considered include:
in addition to their medical degree) and/or evidence of a sustained
o Indication, from the candidate's PL-1 in-training exam score, that he or
she will probably be able to pass the American Board of Pediatrics
Certifying Exam without a third year of general pediatric clinical
o Candidates must be approved by the American Board of Pediatrics
during the first nine months of the PL-1 year.