Our Curriculum

The curriculum for the Pediatric Scientist Residency Program track is focused on mentoring, educational conferences, and development of the resident's skills. 

A key component of the PedSDP is a longitudinal curriculum that is designed to facilitate mentoring experiences, integrate scientific management topics and develop individual leadership skills. These goals will be accomplished through:

Mentoring Development

  • Mentoring begins in Intern year with Bridges Mentoring Program
  • Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) forms early in residency; SOC can change composition over time
  • Program Directors attend as ex officio
  • Leadership Academy yearly with longitudinal curriculum

Teaching Conferences

  • Monthly seminars with focus on career development and introduction to NIH
  • Rangos Research seminars feature cutting edge basic research (choose 1 to attend each month)
  • United Fellows Course (UFC) includes responsible conduct of research, statistical analysis, intro to IRB
  • Access to Office of Academic Development seminars and presentations 
  • Each year of program ends with PedSDP focused retreat for trainees in all PGYs


  • Deliverables are flexible but serious goals
    • Scholarly work product (review or case report) in 2nd to 3rd year of residency 
    • Compete for T32 within first years of Fellowship
    • First author scholarly work product before last year of fellowship
    • Development of award application in last year of fellowship
  • Focus on writing and publishing frequently 
  • Travel funds for meeting attendance 
  • Integration into Department of Medicine NRSA writing course