Residents may elect one to two research blocks during their training. A wide variety of research opportunities is available to residents both in the Department of Pediatrics and elsewhere in the medical school and community. These range from molecular medicine to clinical studies or community projects. There are three research options. One is a one-block pathway rotation for residents with little or no research experience. The purpose of this block is to teach residents the basic research process. Residents have a faculty mentor and participate in a series of workshops that guide residents through searching the literature, identifying a gap in the literature, writing a good research question, and presenting results. Residents have a completed research protocol by the end of the block. Many residents decide to conduct their newly developed research project. Residents with more experience can use one of their pathway blocks to work on a project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Some residents elect to use two of their pathway blocks, one to develop their project and one to work on their project. Residents with well-developed research skills may have a mentored longitudinal experience that allows ½ day per week of time for research during the six pathways blocks. Residents will find faculty eager to help them identify and pursue these research experiences.

The success of this component of the training program is evident in the number of residents who have presented their results at regional and national meetings. This also represents one of the reasons why our residents who are interested in academic careers, have been able to obtain positions in outstanding fellowship programs. Community projects add to the overall professional development of our residents.

Research Faculty

Sharon R. Smith, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Faculty leader for pediatric residency research
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program, Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

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