Research Training Elements

Mentor Selection: Selection of a research project prior to acceptance to the fellowship program is not required. During the interview process, applicants are exposed to the breadth of faculty expertise available in our program and potential research projects. Upon acceptance into our program, fellows work with the research director to develop their research focus further, identify specific mentors at the University of Washington, and begin the mentor selection process. The fellowship director and research director discuss training expectations with both the mentor and fellow to optimize the research project selected by the fellow. The research mentor will foster the ultimate development of an independent research program for the fellow.

Project Scope: Fellows may work with any University of Washington faculty member including our core pediatric infectious disease faculty listed below. Fellows may select projects related to basic research, patient-oriented research or population-based research. Our fellowship is supported by a training-grant from the NIH that supports training of fellows in translational research. The research project work should be able to be completed within two years and result in a publication in a peer-reviewed journal by the completion of fellowship. The project should also provide a foundation for a career development grant and future research programs.

Coursework: Research is supplemented by coursework at the University of Washington as necessary. Fellows may pursue an MPH if the coursework is appropriate for their career goals. Degree completion takes approximately two years.