Research Opportunities

The University of Michigan has established itself as one of the best research institutions in the country. The Department of Pediatrics is no exception, with 60 current NIH-funded investigators, world renowned faculty, state-of-the-art core facilities, and dedication to translational medicine that provides a phenomenal training environment for young physician scientists.  Our physicians have established projects with a multitude of other departments campus-wide, and it is these collaborations that make research at The University of Michigan novel and exciting.  Most recently, this collaborative vision has extended to the North Campus Research Complex, where physicians, engineers, pharmacists, and computer scientists work in close-proximity with a common goal of  discovering  new approaches to treat a variety of pediatric and adult diseases, including congenital heart anomalies and cancer.

Residents who complete both M.D. and Ph.D. programs are poised to make long-lasting and important contributions to children’s health.  The Department of Pediatrics aims to create an environment that supports the training of young physician scientists.  A number of our former residents have received awards such as the Pediatric Scientist Training Program Award and have gone on to establish successful independent research careers here and at institutions across the country.  Our current residents participate in The Department of Pediatrics Annual Research Symposium.  Residents that are interested in a career as a physician scientist have program support to present data at national research meetings and apply for the American Board of Pediatrics Integrated Research Pathway.

The Integrated Research Pathway provides residents 10 to11 months of protected research time during the three year pediatric residency.  The program ensures an excellent, balanced core pediatric education while providing aspiring physician scientists time to generate data that can be used to apply for grants and start projects that can be continued into fellowship.  Applications for the program are due in the spring of the intern year, and the majority of the research blocks are in the third year of residency training.  In light of the collaborative theme discussed above, the current residents participating in this program are working with physician scientist mentors in the Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Surgery.

Want to hear more? Our residents, fellows, and faculty are always excited to discuss the research opportunities at Michigan. Contact our department, and we will ensure that your questions are answered when you visit on your residency interview day.