Research Year

A minimum of 9 months of the three-year fellowship training is assigned to research. The timing of the research year may vary from fellow to fellow during the three years, but the bulk of it will occur in solid blocks during the second and early in the third year. During the second year, clinical responsibility will be minimized. In order to maintain technical and clinical skills, fellows will continue to perform procedures in the catheterization and echocardiography labs, see continuity patients in fellows clinic and serve three months on the Consult service during their second year.

Our Pediatric Cardiology faculty is committed to ongoing research productivity. In compliance with our goals and the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics, the fellow will be expected to become actively involved in a research project with one or more of the faculty. Research is also encouraged in collaboration with faculty within ancillary basic science fields, (i.e., cell biology, molecular genetics, or lipoprotein research, etc.) or cross-divisional clinical areas (neonatology, intensive care, metabolism, pharmacology, etc). There is a rich research atmosphere at OHSU, which offers excellent potential resources for research opportunities, including the Heart Research Center under the direction of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Dr. Irving Shen and Ashok Muralidaran in cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Michael Silberbach in cardiac MRI, as well as additional opportunities in the echocardiography or catheterization laboratories. 

Attendance by audit of an NIH-funded program entitled Human Investigations Program (HIP) is required for first year fellows. This course is a focused approach to clinical research training for physicians and allied personnel. The fellow has the option of taking the course for credit (2-year curriculum, tuition free);the time commitment is at least 2 hrs/wk for ~ 26 weeks. An additional 6 wks of this course is devoted to grant writing skills in a small group setting, culminating in a project proposal for submission to an NIH-equivalent funding agency. Fellows must submit a small grant proposal as a requirement for graduation (funding is not required). 

As required by the ABP each fellow will be assigned a Scholarly Oversight Committee comprised of four or more faculty. The fellows will meet with their SOC biannually to review their research activity, providing additional mentorship and support to ensure a productive and rewarding experience.Following completion of the research project, the fellow will be expected to submit the data in abstract form to a national meeting, and to a peer-reviewed journal as a manuscript. In addition to the primary research project, the fellows will be encouraged to be involved with other ancillary clinical projects which can include the writing up of case reports, review articles etc. The overall goal of the research experience is to provide the fellow opportunity to develop research skills necessary to become a successful academic pediatric cardiologist and to fulfill the Board requirements.