Fellows are required to participate in meaningful research during the 36 months of fellowship training. Scholarly activity is expected and a scholarly work product must be produced during the course of training. The work product will be submitted to the ABP in order to qualify to take the Pediatric Gastroenterology certification examination.
Research activities begin during the first year of training with proposal development, establishment of a scholarship oversight committee, and IRB submission. Additional opportunities are available in basic science, translational, and clinical research in cooperation with scientists from Children's Mercy Hospital and area institutions.
Fellows will participate in the common curriculum for all Children's Mercy fellows which include a year-long biostatistics course that occurs monthly during the first year of training. Fellows receive additional training in the IRB process and library resources, including database searching skills and evidence-based medicine resources, and manuscript preparation. In addition, fellows are required to participate in a longitudinal grant writing course. After completion of the course, fellows will complete a grant application for internally funded research.