Fellows: Program Description

The University of Florida is one of the nation’s premier institutions for Pediatric Subspecialty training. Fellowship training at University of Florida provides superb clinical training, and the opportunity to develop into a top-notch physician, with expertise in clinical, basic or translational research. These goals are accomplished by encouraging fellows to take advantage of the rich opportunities provided by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine’s unique training programs in investigative medicine and clinical research, and oversight of career development. Read more information on Pediatric Fellowship Training.

Fellowships are available in:

Fellows’ Research Conference

The weekly FCHRC Fellows’ Research Conference plays a key role in anchoring the didactic aspect of fellowship research training. This conference provides didactic training in a setting where fellows learn critical analysis of research projects in different formats. At the end of each year, the conference culminates in the Department’s annual Pediatric Science Days.

Fellows Core Curriculum

A core curriculum has been devised jointly by the categorical pediatric program and the subspecialty program directors. In addition, prominent guest scientists present and discuss their work and career pathways in this venue. Curricular components include didactic sessions devoted to appropriate training in the responsible conduct of research, HIPAA, conflicts of interest, and the ethics of research involving human and animal subjects.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) was founded in 2008 to improve human health by transforming the university’s ability to conduct clinical and translational research. The UF CTSI is supported by multiple NIH grants, most notably a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and by significant matching funds from the UF Office of Research and the UF College of Medicine. Additional support comes from in-kind efforts of most of the UF colleges. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute provides extensive information regarding the research, education and community missions of the CTSI. The UF CTSI exists to enhance the ability of the University of Florida to develop new therapies, test those therapies in real-world settings, promote therapies found to be of value, and continuously evaluate the effectiveness of therapies.

The CTSI provides educational opportunities that facilitate the training of clinical and basic science investigators, clinical trialists, laboratory technicians, study coordinators and other related personnel who are required to establish and support multi- and interdisciplinary clinical and translational researchers and research teams. Our goal is to offer these opportunities to a broad spectrum of pre-collegiate, undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, train these individuals to conduct multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary investigations and, make a major contribution to a new national workforce of clinical and translational science researchers and research teams. Read more about the CTSI educational training.

Women in Medicine Program

A major goal of our program is to foster the career development of female scholars as women comprise the majority of current pediatric trainees. To provide specific guidance for women in our program, Scholars will participate in activities sponsored by the Association for Academic Women at UF and the Office of Diversity and Health Equity. The lecture series increases the visibility of women in medicine, provides the University of Florida medical community access to notable speakers, and creates a forum to discuss issues relevant to women.

Career Planning

University of Florida College of Medicine offers a program on career planning for all fellows to attend. In a series of lectures over the year, the following topics are addressed: Academic tracks; how to apply for positions; how to interview for positions; how to negotiate contracts; and how to balance family life with academic medicine.

Research

The most critical element in the development of independent physician scientists is the identification of outstanding research projects and mentors for potential Scholars. As we have done for many years, we will continue to match fellows with leading scientists throughout University of Florida, not just scientists within University of Florida Department of Pediatrics. Read more about the scope of research at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine.

To ensure the very best mentor pool, we require that mentors hold the rank of Associate Professor or higher. Mentors should have NIH or equivalent funding. The geography at University of Florida is very conducive for cross departmental research training. Research space for University of Florida College of Medicine is clustered within a several block area. This facilitates interaction among different departments. Thus, Scholars train in laboratories that are in close proximity to each other, irrespective of whether Scholars are in pediatric or non-pediatric laboratories.

We view three years as the minimum amount of time required for our trainees’ scientific development. Clinical fellows typically enter full-time research training after an intensive one-year clinical experience and thus generally require a total of 4 years to conceive of and fully execute a research project. The UF-PSDP can support fellowship train for up to 5 years. By this mechanism, our trainees can extend their research training, which we believe is crucial to establish an independent research career.