A core mission of the Pediatrics Residency Program is inspiring and training physician-scientists destined to improve the future of child health through biomedical discovery and application.
The Department of Pediatrics has a rich history of contributions and discovery in biomedical sciences. Faculty and alumni honors include the Howland Award, E. Mead Johnson Award, and Society for Pediatric Research Young Investigator Award recipients. Faculty mentors have been inducted into distinguished medical honor societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Pediatric Society, Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
The department is also associated with several research centers and institutes including the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program and the Lamb Center for Pediatric Research.
Vanderbilt has more than 450 research laboratories supported by $238 million in extramural funds, as well as approximately 350 graduate students and 400 postdoctoral fellows involved in the research endeavor.
All pediatric housestaff complete a scholarly project during their residency. These take a variety of forms, from quality improvement projects based in the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic to advocacy to clinical and basic research. Many resident projects result in presentation at scholarly meetings or publication in peer-reviewed journals. See a list of recent publications by pediatric residents.
We strongly encourage residents to present original research at regional and national scholarly meetings. The residency program will work with the sponsoring division to provide funding for residents to attend any meeting where they are accepted to present research findings.
Residents complete a six-month individualized curriculum geared toward future career goals. Those interested in an academic research career will be able to incorporate additional protected research time during these blocks.
The Vanderbilt Residency Program is committed to fostering the career development of talented child health scholars in the residency program who utilize the American Board of Pediatrics Research Pathways (Accelerated Research Pathway and Integrated Research Pathway) to optimize and individualize general pediatric, subspecialty, and research training.