Pediatric Research Program (PRP)

INFORMATION ON PEDIATRIC RESEARCH PROGRAM (PRP) 2021

 

Applications for 2021 are Closed

PRP 2021 Adapted Due to the Impact of COVID-19:

PRP for summer 2021 will be offered through a virtual interactive process. In lieu of only a summer commitment, this year’s PRP will have the flexibility to last for a longer period of time depending on specifics of individual projects and preferences of students and mentors or Consulting Student Advisors (CSAs; clinicians volunteering to advise the students working on case reports). PRP activities would commence on June 1. During this time in which direct clinical and laboratory research experiences are not feasible, the students would review cases or research articles or community/database-related topics which are intended to establish a foundation of knowledge and understanding.

Description of the Program/Categories:

Case Studies: Students will work on a case study, derived from Case Records of Massachusetts General Hospital that are published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Working with their CSA and research project manager, the students will then document the essential elements of the case and conduct a detailed review of the clinical topic that the particular case represents.

Community Projects: Review topic (e.g., effect of COVID-19 on immunizations rates, asthma in urban area schools, human trafficking, infant mortality), discuss with mentor and project coordinator and select a topic reflecting mentor/mentee’s area of interest. Project can be continued on site (campus or community) when time and distancing guidelines allow. Select an article or topic, review information and prepare a presentation highlighting the major objectives and significant findings with discussion.

Epidemiology/Population Data Projects: Review topic and design project with mentor and project coordinator’s oversight. Project can be continued on site (campus or community) when time and distancing allow. Select an article or topic, review information and prepare a presentation highlighting the major objectives and significant findings with discussion.

Translational Projects: Review topic and design project with Mentor’s oversight. Project can be continued on site (laboratory) when time and distancing allow. Select a research article, review information and prepare a presentation highlighting the major objectives and significant findings with discussion.

Presentations: Attend weekly small group virtual sessions, watch model presentations from the alumni, prepare presentation on assigned project/topic/case report and present when scheduled. Students would meet with their CSAweekly for four weeks from June 1st to July 2nd to discuss their case through Zoom meetings. Watch model presentations from the alumni (if available or arranged by PRP), prepare presentation on assigned project/topic/case report and give a 15-minute presentation in the fall.

Note: Currently, students will not be permitted to be involved in any Cook Children’s research projects, and they would not be granted access to Cook Children’s campus. A few physicians from Cook Children’s serve as CSAs. The idea is to help build knowledge among students interested in pediatric areas and to establish relationships with physicians that may be mutually beneficial in the future.

 Program Timeline:

January                         -Applications accepted

-Please click below link to submit applications:

https://cookchildrens.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cwicj26wkhkVP7v

February                       –PRP Team will complete interviews with the applicants in small groups via Zoom

March                          –Applicants will be informed about the acceptance into the program

April-May                     -PRP Team will finalize commitments from all Mentors and CSAs

-PRP Team will complete the assignment of participants to mentors/CSAs

-Two students may work as a group

-PRP Team will send students assigned PDF files of NEJM Cases

June 1                           -All PRP students will attend a Virtual Orientation Session (CSAs are welcome to attend but not required)

June 2-July 2                 -PRP students will complete Online Didactic Research Training Modules on Canvas

-Mentors for Community, Translational and Epidemiology/Population Data Projects will interact with their mentees to assign and work on designated topic/research article/project

-CSAs will meet with PRP students to provide clinical perspective and guidance over the 4 weeks of this virtual program

Fall: September-December, 2021

Student Presentations: Student(s) present to Mentors or CSAs and peers a PowerPoint summary of their assigned case/topic/project.

Presentation time: 15 min (including Q&A).

Surveys:

Participants will complete two surveys (1. After the completion of 2nd week; 2. At the completion of the program).

Continuation:

The mentee-mentor interactions may continue with mutual understanding and time availability.

Expectations of Mentees:

Attend orientation and complete assigned tasks (didactics) on canvas.

Interact with mentors and CSAs and work with them to select a topic/project if applicable.

Attend virtual meetings and attend to the feedback from mentors or CSAs.

Prepare a Power Point presentation of case study and/or research topic and present in a group session when scheduled as part of PRP presentations during fall semester

Expectations of Mentors/CSAs:

Interact with mentees at least once per week.

Support the mentees to select a topic/project if applicable.

Attend virtual meetings and provide regular feedback on mentees’ projects and presentations.

Work with the mentees and project coordinator or research manager to advise students on preparing fall presentation.

Participation Certificates and Microcredential:

Student participants will receive ‘Participation Certificate’ after completing fall presentations. We are also working on certifying the PRP participants who complete the criteria with microcredential.

 

General Information about the Program

GOAL:
  • To provide a mentored research experience for TCOM medical students to enhance research awareness and knowledge
Who Can Participate:
  • Any UNTHSC TCOM Medical Student who:
  • Is in good academic standing
  • Completes:
    • First year of TCOM medical school
    • An application to participate in the Pediatric Research Program
    • All required learning modules
    • Has been accepted into Program and has an approved research mentor
Benefits:
  • Pediatric Research Student Scholar Status (certificate)
  • Introduced to research environment
  • Improve skills in clinical/community/translational research, data collection/analysis
  • Learn/practice presentations
  • Tips for preparing case reports and research articles
  • Opportunity to present work at local (RAD or CCMC)/regional/national platforms
  • Publications (abstracts, case reports, case series, research articles and reviews)

                                                                                      

Research Program students

News Links from the Pediatric Research Program

 

Program Contacts:

  • Program Email: prp@unthsc.edu
  • Paul Bowman, MD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email:  Paul.Bowman@unthsc.edu
  • Riyaz Basha, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email: Riyaz.Basha@unthsc.edu
  • Tyler Hamby, PhD, Research Project Manager, Cook Children’s Health Care System – email: Tyler.Hamby@cookchildrens.org
  • Leah Zimmerman. Research Project Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email: Leah.Zimmerman@unthsc.edu

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