CPCE manages the Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) Fellowship program to train pediatric providers to design, implement and evaluate original health services and clinical epidemiology research. The fellowship is intended primarily for general pediatricians, but is open to pediatric providers from all subspecialties who are interested in performing broad-based pediatric research to understand the healthcare needs of children and to improve children's health and healthcare delivery. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare trainees to work as independent researchers in academics, government, healthcare systems, foundations or industry.
The AGP Fellowship is a two-year program funded by the Health Services and Resource Administration (HRSA) as part of a National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grant. Fellows will receive strong mentoring in developing research proposals, identifying research advisors and collaborators and refining research skills. Formal didactic training in biostatistics and epidemiology is provided through coursework at the University of Pennsylvania, culminating in a Master's in Clinical Epidemiology or Health Policy.
Physicians who are United States citizens or permanent residents and have at least two years of postgraduate training are eligible to apply.
All fellows complete Masters-level coursework in study design and biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania as part of either the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) degree offered through the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, or the Masters of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) degree offered through the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
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Fellows are guided by an advisory team of seasoned methodology, content, and biostatistics mentors in the successful completion and publication of at least one general pediatrics research project. AGP fellows also benefit from a host of professional development activities, including works-in-progress sessions, a seminar series to teach academic medicine skills, and opportunities to present research at national meetings.
In order to maintain their clinical skills and continue to practice in the setting where their research ideas arise and protocols may be implemented, fellows in the AGP program are assigned clinical experiences that comprise up to 20 percent of their time. Clinical experiences may include time spent as an attending physician on CHOP's General Pediatric Inpatient Service and/or in the outpatient setting in one of the Hospital's Primary Care Centers.
Applications for pediatric epidemiology training will be accepted starting July 1 for the academic year beginning the following year. The deadline for applications is October 15, but interviews and acceptance will be granted on a rolling basis.
In addition to the completed application with photograph, the following materials will need to be submitted:
- A personal statement, no longer than one page, describing your research interests, career goals, and how the AGP program will help you achieve those goals.
- Three supporting letters of reference. Fill out the Confidential Reference Report for each of your recommenders and have the letter-writers submit a Confidential Reference Report along with each letter of recommendation.
- Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications (if applicable).
- Transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended, sent directly from the institutions.
- Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), taken within the seven year timeframe as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores.
- If a graduate of a medical school outside of the United States, Canada, or Puerto Rico, a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate, or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship.
- If not a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States, verification of permanent residency status.
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