Program seeks Council approval for renewal of an initiative entitled the “Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program.” The purpose of this national program is to provide career development support for junior pediatric critical care physicians or trauma surgeons.
Given the clinical and physical demands of critical care and trauma training and the paucity of established research mentors in these emerging fields, it is challenging to maintain a workforce of well-prepared physician scientists.
[In response to this critical need, this national Program was established in 2004. The Program is highly successful by all accounts as it progresses through its fourth cycle. Since its inception, there have been 55 scholars, of which 34 (62%) went on to receive independent K funding and 19 (35%) received R01/U01 level funding. Additionally, this cohort of junior scholars is now advancing the field of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine by leading network trials and COVID-19 research. Despite the success of this Program, the pool of junior investigators in the fields remains small.]
The goal of the initiative is to identify and train new investigators to conduct research that will improve outcomes among critically ill and injured children by enhancing research capacity and infrastructure in the field on a national level.
This proposed concept aligns with the NICHD Strategic Plan 2020 to improve child and adolescent health. It also aligns with the priorities of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch, which includes stimulating research to advance the care and treatment of our most vulnerable children.
Pediatric Growth and Critical Illness Branch (PTCIB)
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