Director: Dr. Ravi Jhaveri


To provide focused, individualized education in the area of clinical, basic or translational research within broader pediatrics clinical training.

Pathway Structure

  • In fall and winter of intern year, residents will meet with advisors and mentors and select a Pathway for their individualized education within the residency program.
  • Individualized curriculum will be determined by the learning needs and career plans of each resident and will be developed with the guidance of a Pathway-specific faculty mentor. Selection of some rotations during second year (and third year) will be shaped in accordance with their Pathway selection.
  • Overall evaluation and successful completion of the Pathway will be determined by residency program director and Pathway advisor prior to residency completion.

Contents of the Pathway

  • Residents will complete at least 6 educational units
    • One longitudinal research project of their choice
    • One small grant proposal submitted (AAP Resident Research, NCTraCS $2k Pilot, etc)
    • Three RRC Required rotations selected due to their potential importance for these experiences (see below)
    • One, not more than 3 elective rotations which could include 1-2 dedicated research months to conduct the project below
    • Design and conduct a hypothesis-driven project within any area of pediatrics
    • Regularly scheduled (monthly, bimonthly) small-group discussion with individuals in the department conducting research in various disciplines (basic, clinical trials, outcomes, patient-centered)
    • Attend 5 core educational sessions relating to aspects of conducting research within the NC TraCS curriculum (Introduction to Biostatistics, Clinical Trial Design, Submitting an IRB application, Research Ethics, etc.)

Longitudinal Experiences (must complete at least 1)

  • Conducted a mentored, small project of their own design to address a hypothesis. The project can be retrospective chart review, query of large administrative database, small group pilot study, sub-analysis from established cohorts or samples

Opportunities for longitudinal experiences

  • Longitudinal educational, clinical, and research opportunities can be created based on individualized learner needs and experiences. These must be approved by residency program leadership and lead to timely completion of residency training requirements.

RRC Required Rotations

  • Residents will work with pathway leadership to choose electives based on their potential interests. These would include any of the pediatric specialties, as well as other related specialties within the medical center.

Optional Elective Rotation Ideas

  • Dedicated months to conduct research project
  • Rotation at NCDOH for those interested in public health
  • Dedicated month in research lab to become familiar with common techniques