This interdisciplinary training program will provide postdoctoral scholars with didactic and mentor-driven training in clinical emergency care research, focusing on the topics within the mission of NHLBI. The program will provide a specific curriculum for young investigators to initiate an investigative career specifically focused on emergency care.
Specific aims are (1) to establish a sustainable administrative structure for the program, (2) to formalize the mentoring roles for faculty from the participating units (3) to sustain a curriculum that specifically addresses unique aspects of emergency medicine and acute care research, and (4) to recruit, select, and monitor the initial and long-term success of high-quality emergency medicine clinical investigators. Scholars will be early career physicians or post-doctoral scholars with focus in acute illness and injury. Over two or three years, scholars will conduct primary investigations with input from a mentoring team drawn from experts in acute care research. A didactic program, including a thesis, will lead to a master's or other advanced degree. A short term experience for medical student or other predoctoral trainees will be included in order to increase the visibility of emergency care research as a career path.
There are unique challenges to conducting research in emergency care, and few training programs directly address these challenges. This proposal will establish an interdisciplinary training program to provide early-career clinical scientists with didactic and mentor-driven training in clinical emergency care research. We will increase the number of highly qualified physicians and scientists working to improve emergency care for and health of the public.