The following sample assumes a fellow without prior research experience who will complete clinical training over three years.
Before starting fellowship
- Investigate expertise of interest in Seattle
- Discuss potential research projects with Fellowship Director/Research Director
- Contact potential mentors and discuss possible projects (contact facilitated by the fellowship program)
- Narrow scope of research projects prior to starting fellowship
- Interview potential research mentors if needed and select a research project
- Begin reading relevant background material to become familiar with the field
- Begin research and form a scholarly oversight committee
- Review format and process of grants and papers during orientation.
- Continue reading and conducting initial studies
- Clearly state research questions and specific aims of your project; Begin generating data; Present research plan to your scholarly oversight committee
- Write the background section of future papers/grants
- Begin career planning
- Present first research conference at Pediatric ID Research Conference
- Continue to generate data, identify data needed for grants/publications and begin acquiring these data, troubleshoot research approach;
- Begin planning/submission process of abstracts to national meetings.
- Meet with scholarly oversight committee to discuss career progress, presentation at meetings, writing grants and papers.
- Continue acquiring data; write methods sections for grants/publications
- Identify and submit to national meetings appropriate for presentation of research
- Identify the data required for a publication, and continue acquiring these data
- By the middle of the 2nd year of training, fellows should begin to design their own research plan in conjunction with their research mentor.
- Write a preliminary outline of the publication of work done in fellowship (more if you are able). Submit publication by end of second year if possible.
- Present work at the Pediatric Infectious Disease Research Conference
- Present preliminary data at a national meeting
- Begin organizing preliminary data and drafting Hypotheses and Aims for a career development award from the NIH or a private foundation.
- Discuss career plans with program director, SOC and research mentor.
- Plan to submit Career Development Awards
- Submit initial proposal for a Career Development Award
- Continue to generate data for publications and focused on Aims in grant proposals.
- Submit publication if not done or complete additional papers as appropriate
- Discuss next steps in career planning with program director, and research mentors;
- Present work at a national meeting, network, continue to explore career opportunities
- Finalize career plans including funding options, additional grant submissions if necessary.