The conduct of biomedical research and clinical research is a cornerstone of the Division of Pediatric Pharmacology and Critical Care and UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is one of the most well-funded research institutions in the country, having ranked #10 in 2018 among medical-school-based pediatrics departments. Likewise, training in basic science and clinical research is a large part of the trainee's experience while in the division.
Fellows develop a research focus from a broad range of scholarly activities including clinical, basic or translational science, administration and advocacy, medical education, international health/disaster management and medical ethics. Fellows are encouraged to identify an area of genuine interest in order to develop an area of expertise within the field of critical care.
A generous amount of call-free time is allocated for the fellows' scholarly pursuits as necessary for the individual fellow's training needs. All fellows commit to scholarly activity in our program and all enter the program with some interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine. Some have had extensive research experience prior to entering the fellowship program, but for many this will be a new focus of training. Our current group of fellows is conducting research in sepsis, acute respiratory failure, ECMO, procedural sedation, health care disparities, infectious disease and medical education. Past graduates have completed highly successful research in basic science, translation science, clinical research, quality assurance, respiratory failure physiology, cellular mechanisms of heart failure and others. Fellows are highly encouraged to complete a research project in an area of significant personal interest to them that can be carried forward after fellowship training if they so choose.
The full resources of Case Western Reserve University, a leading research university, are made available to the fellow. Many research topics are covered in both the basic statistics course offered by the Department of Pediatrics as well as participation in the divisional and departmental didactic conferences. The Case Western University School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital have ample basic science research space. Historic collaboration with faculty both within and outside the School of Medicine has led to some very productive and nuanced experiences.