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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who selects the scholars and how many will be selected? The Academic Pediatric Association's Research Scholars Program Executive Committee will select the scholars. Numbers vary for each cohort. The first class of 13 scholars started in January 2013. We expect to select 10-15 Research Scholars in the second cohort beginning in May 2014.
- What does the Research Scholar's Program cost? All applicants must pay a $50 application fee. For accepted scholars, a tuition of $5000 is payable by March 1, 2014. Operating costs are also partially subsidized by the Academic Pediatric Association. The tuition will cover all three years of the program. In addition, scholars or scholar's institutions will need to support purchase/access to SPSS statistical software, and two textbooks (research design and statistics).
- Why is there an enrollment fee? The Research Scholars Program has significant operating expenses (coordination of the numerous faculty, website support for all the monthly sessions, PAS full day program, ongoing curriculum development, etc.), and the fee makes it possible to sustain the program independently.
- What are the criteria for acceptance? We are looking for well-thought-out project proposals that are likely to have a successful implementation, a strong well-articulated desire on the part of the applicant to pursue research, and good supporting documentation from the Scholar's institution and mentor.
- Will the program accept fellows as well as faculty? Faculty applicants are preferred, but fellows who plan an academic career in pediatrics may apply, if they have decided to sustain a significant focus on research in their careers and their fellowship has not provided them with the full breadth and depth needed in research training and experience. The three year duration of the Research Scholars Program can create complexity for fellows who will move on to a faculty position midway through the program. In this case, the scholar's new supervisor in a faculty position must agree to support continuation of the project and potentially share payment of the tuition fee. Shortening tenure in program to 2 years is not an option.
- Is this program designed only for new faculty members, or can mid-career faculty also apply? We encourage both new faculty and those with more experience who want to develop new skills to enhance their academic repertoire to apply.
- Can pediatric subspecialists apply? Yes, subspecialists are welcome and encouraged to participate. The focus of the program is research skill development, not any particular subspecialty. We are particularly interested in having Pediatric Hospitalists, Child Abuse Pediatricians, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians, and Adolescent Medicine Specialists apply. However, all pediatric subspecialists are welcome. APA membership is a requirement.
- Must the Scholar be an MD to apply? No, the program will accept anyone who has a pediatric faculty appointment, or a pediatrician with a faculty appointment in another department (e.g., Emergency Medicine), or a community faculty member with a genuine commitment to academics.
- Does the Research Scholars Program provide financial or travel support to Scholars? No, we have no funds for this purpose. Your supervisor's support for the tuition fee, time protection, project costs, and travel to the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting will be required for you to participate. Some Scholars may have access to grant support, e.g. through faculty development grants, to supplement local resources.
- What exactly does the 10%time commitment mean? Negotiation of the supervisor's agreement to protect the scholar's time is the responsibility of the scholar. Our expectation is that Scholars will be doing projects that are a direct contribution to their department or institution and that fit into their current job commitments, or can be negotiated to become a part of the Scholar's job commitments. Program participation should also benefit the department by making the Scholar more effective as a serious academic, and more promotable.
- How should I choose a local mentor? Your mentor does not need to be a pediatrician or a member of your department, but should have expertise in a key area (content and/or methodology) related to your project and have experience as an independent researcher. A good mentor is approachable and available, and personally committed to the mentee's success. Ideally, a Scholar's mentor is local, to facilitate frequent meetings, but that is not a requirement. Scholars must make their own arrangements with mentors, but the Research Scholars Program faculty can help identify a potential mentor upon request. The mentor's letter and qualifications will be reviewed as part of the application process.
- What is Research Scholars Program faculty mentor/advisor? All Scholars have a self-selected local mentor, and in addition are assigned a Research Scholars Program faculty mentor/advisor. The mentor/advisor will track progress on the Scholar's project, providing project assistance as problems are encountered, and will be available for more in depth conversations regarding the design and implementation of the research project. The Research Scholars Program faculty mentor/advisor will also offer career guidance. In addition, Scholars receive mentorship from the program leadership and faculty who function as small group leaders. Furthermore, Scholars act as peer-mentors to their colleagues.