Research & Clinical Opportunities
- Fellow will identify a research question or questions, goals and objectives, and develop a hypothesis testable through primary data collection within the first 3 months of fellowship.
- At least one secondary data analysis will also be integral to the fellow’s research progress, and the fellow and mentors/fellowship director will identify this/these in the early months of the fellowship.
- Fellows are encouraged to apply for internal funding to support their research project.
- Fellow must complete this project by the end of their second year to graduate.
- An optional but encouraged Masters of Science in Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University provides the fellow with additional training.
- Fellows are assigned a primary research mentor based on their research interests. The mentor assists them through the entirety of their fellowship. This mentor is assigned during the first three months and meets with the fellow at least two times a month.
- The fellow will be guided to select a scholarly oversight committee (SOC) that is comprised of at least one individual outside of the Division of General Pediatrics and one or two individuals from the Division of General Pediatrics. The SOC must meet with the fellow once within the first six months and then regularly thereafter (every 3-6 months).
- There are multiple research "cores" at Nemours or affiliated with Nemours. These include, but are not limited to, the Biomedical Core Lab, the Epi-Biostatistics Core, the Bioinformatics Core, the Medical Informatics Core, as well as other research-oriented cores available through Nemours’ partnerships via INBRE and ACCEL.
- The DE-CTR ACCEL mentoring core is headquartered on the Nemours campus.
- Nemours Biomedical Research has several Centers of Research Focus, both in Delaware and Florida:
- Applied Clinical Genomics
- Childhood Cancer Research
- Clinical Diagnostics
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases (Fla.)
- Healthcare Delivery Science
- Orthopedic Research and Development
- Pediatric Auditory & Speech Sciences
- Clinical Research and Development
- Pediatric Lung Research
- Pharmacogenomics & Translational Research (Fla.)
- Nemours Division of General Pediatrics supports a robust clinical outpatient practice, with four staff nurses, 3–5 medical assistants, 20 residents and 7 attending physicians.
- The practice treats several thousand patients per year, offering well child care, acute care and problem-focused visits. The practice is also a patient-centered medical home, a practice for children with special health care needs and the foster care intake practice for the State of Delaware.
- Special health care needs patients rely on the clinical expertise of the pediatricians in the Division and the fellow may choose to focus on these patients. There will be an expectation to attend to these patients as part of the fellow’s clinical block time. While fellows may not have a panel of their patients, they will see complex patients as well as patients without special health care needs as part of the acute care clinic and continuity clinic.
- The fellow will participate in clinical care of these patients as both a primary clinician and a supervising preceptor.
- There are multiple "Access" clinics at Nemours, staffed by general pediatricians or nurse practitioners, providing subspecialty care to outpatients alongside subspecialists. These clinics are available to the fellow as rotations for initial shadowing and for staffing by the fellow with supervision, upon agreement by the Director of Primary Care and/or subspecialty or Division Chief.
- The fellow is strongly encouraged to consider inpatient/hospitalist pediatrics for clinical rotations. The fellow may be able to function as an attending on rounds, manage inpatients and teach/manage residents and students.
- There are other opportunities for inpatient practice if this is of interest to the fellow, and can be discussed with and arranged by the Fellowship Director after consultation with the Division Chief and Director of Pediatric Hospitalists.