Core Fellowship Curriculum

Fellows Introduction to Research Training (FIRsT) provides pediatric fellows with an overview and introduction to clinical and translational research in the academic setting. Didactic sessions, panel discussions, and interactive opportunities provide forums for fellows to gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of clinical and translational research, biostatistics, epidemiology, the research enterprise, and practical and applied aspects of conducting research. These concepts are conveyed over a 20-hour period, comprised of 4-hour sessions over 5 days, annually following the general pediatrics board examination.

At the completion of FIRsT, the fellow will understand the:
  1. Principles of use of biostatistics in research including the types of variables, data distribution, hypothesis testing, statistical tests, measures of association, regression, diagnostic tests, systematic review and data analysis.
  2. Principles of epidemiology and clinical research design including study types, bias and confounding, causation, incidence and prevalence, screening, decision analysis, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effective analysis, outcome analysis, and sensitivity analysis.
  3. Application of research to clinical practice including assessment of study design, performance and analysis (internal validity), assessment of generalizability (external validity), application of information for patient care, and interpreting the medical literature.
  4. Initial steps for embarking on a research study including developing a CV, finding a mentor, developing a protocol and a budget, submitting a study for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, and utilizing departmental and university resources for conducting research.
Fellows Introduction to Research Training (FIRsT) 2017


FIRsT Course Director:
  • Inci Yildirim, MD, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, Emory University School of Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health inci.yildirim@emory.edu
FIRsT Administrative Coordinator:
  • Mary Jane Polizzotto, Fellowship Program Coordinator, Pediatric Nephrology, Pediatric Fellowships Committee Coordinator, mkell10@emory.edu
FIRsT Faculty:
  • Valerie Biousse, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology and Cyrus H. Stoner Professor of Ophthalmology, SOM, vbiouss@emory.edu
  • Beau B. Bruce, MD, PhD, Medical Officer / Analytics Lead, Enteric Disease Epidemiology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Epidemiology, SOM, bbbruce@emory.eduli>
  • David Carlton, MD, Marcus Professor of Pediatrics Division Director of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, dpcarlt@emory.edu
  • Hughes Evans, MD, PhD, Marcus Professor of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Medical Education, Department of Pediatrics, hughes.evans@emory.edu
  • Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, Richard W Blumberg Professor and Chair Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Executive Medical Director & Chief Academic Officer Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, ljain@emory.edu
  • Stacy Heilman, PhD, Pediatric Research Director, Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, sheilma@emory.edu
  • Sarah Marie Huban, MA, CIP, CHRC, Manager HPP & Research Regulatory Affairs, CHOA, SarahMarie.Huban@choa.org
  • Linda Orkin Lewin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, linda.lewin@emory.edu
  • william.matthew.linam@emory.edu
  • Courtney McCracken, PhD, Director of Pediatric Biostatistics Core-Department of Pediatrics, cemccra@emory.edu
  • Azhar Nizam, MS, Senior Associate, Department of Biostatistics, Rollins School of Public Health, anizam@emory.edu
  • Ravi Patel, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, rmpatel@emory.edu
  • Matt Oster, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology, Sibley Heart Center, OsterM@kidsheart.com
  • Marc J. Overcash, Assistant Dean, School of Medicine, IT Deputy Chief Information Officer, marc.overcash@emory.edu
  • Matthew Paden, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, Matthew.Paden@choa.org
  • Briana Patterson, MD, Assistant Professor Division of Endocrinology and Aflac Cancer Center Department of Pediatrics Emory University School of Medicine, bcpatte@emory.edu
  • Amelia Randall, Clinical Administrator, Emory University School of Medicine, amelia.randall@emory.edu
  • Susan M. Ray, MD, Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Medical Director of Georgia Tuberculosis Program, Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Grady Healthcare, Vice Chair IRB Committee A3, sray02@emory.edu
  • Andi L. Shane, MD, MPH, MSc, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Interim Division Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Marcus Professor of Hospital Epidemiology, Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, ashane@emory.edu
Course Description:
FIRsT will provide pediatric fellows with an overview and introduction to clinical and translational research in the academic setting. Didactic sessions, panel discussions, and interactive opportunities will provide forums for fellows to gain an appreciation of the fundamentals of clinical and translational research, biostatistics, epidemiology, the research enterprise, and practical and applied aspects of conducting research. These concepts will be conveyed over a 20-hour period, comprised of 4-hour sessions for 5 days during the week of October 30-November 3, 2017.

Objectives:
At the completion of FIRsT, fellows will be able to:
  1. Apply the principles of biostatistics including the types of variables, data distribution, hypothesis testing, statistical tests, measures of association, regression, diagnostic tests, systematic review and data analysis to their research projects.
  2. Apply the principles of epidemiology and clinical research design including study types, bias and confounding, causation, incidence and prevalence, and screening to the review of research studies and to formulating their own projects.
  3. Incorporate concepts related to management of research data including principles of data security in study design into implementation
  4. Apply concepts related to developing a biosketch and a curriculum vitae (CV), formulating hypotheses and specific aims, and finding funding
  5. Synthesize the steps for submitting a study for Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and utilize resources available through the Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for conducting research.
  6. Successfully fill the role of mentor and mentee and apply these concepts to their academic interactions.
References:
  1. Hulley SB, Cummings SR, Browner WS, Grady DG, Newman TB. Designing Clinical Research, 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014
  2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Making the Right Moves, available at www.hhmi.org. Will be provided as a portable document file downloaded onto a flash drive.
  3. Emory Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences documents on mentoring
Schedule:
Day 1 (Monday, 30 October) – Winship 5012
10:00-10:50 Introduction and overview – ice breaker, the fellowship research experience, research resources Inci Yildirim
11:00-11:50 Working and collaborating in the pediatric research environment at Emory and CHOA Lucky Jain
Amelia Randall
12:00-12:50 Finding funding and setting yourself up for success Stacy Heilman
13:00-13:50 How to be mentored and how to manage your mentor Valerie Biousse
  Halloween costume judging  
Day 2 (Tuesday, 31 October) – HSRB Auditorium
10:00-10:50 Epi I: study types, bias and confounding, causation, incidence and prevalence Beau Bruce
11:00-11:50 Epi II: diagnostic tests and screening Beau Bruce
12:00-12:50 Epi III: organizing your data for analysis Beau Bruce
13:00-13:50 Information security Marc Overcash
  Costume awards  
Day 3 (Wednesday, 1 November) – HSRB Auditorium
10:00-10:50 Biostats I: variables, data distribution, hypothesis testing Azhar Nizam
11:00-11:50 Biostats II: statistical tests, measures of association Azhar Nizam
12:00-12:50 Biostats III – Regression Azhar Nizam
13:00-13:50 Biostats IV – Time to event analysis Azhar Nizam
Day 4 (Thursday, 2 November) – HSRB Auditorium
10:00-10:50 Framing the research question Ravi Patel
11:00-11:50 Formulating the fellow CV and NIH Biosketch Stacy Heilman
12:00-12:50 Blending your clinical, research, and teaching interests David Carlton, Linda Lewin, Andi Shane
13:00-13:50 Top 10 pearls for writing a scientific manuscript Matt Oster
Day 5 (Friday, 3 November) – SOM 178P
10:00-10:50 The IRB is your BFF Sarah Marie Huban
SOM 190 Stacy Heilman
11:00-12:00 Introduction to RedCap Courtney McCracken
12:00-12:50 Fellow research experiences and transition to life after fellowship Matt Paden, Briana Patterson, Matt Linam
13:00-13:50 Work/Life Balance/td> Susan Ray