The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota promotes excellence in academic subspecialty training with an emphasis on producing academic leaders who generate the new knowledge required to provide the best care for infants, children, and adolescents. We are proud to offer medical fellowship programs in 17 pediatric subspecialties.
The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health hosts two interdisciplinary research fellowships.
First, the pre- and post-doctoral program Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) provides interdisciplinary leadership training, faculty development, continuing education, scholarship, technical assistance and collaboration with Maternal and Child Health programs, Title V Programs in state departments of public health, State Adolescent Health Coordinators, policymakers and professional organizations concerned with the health of adolescents. Leadership training produces the manpower for the next generation of leaders who will influence and train clinicians, public policy and public health experts, investigators and educators. All of these individuals will move the field forward by improving clinical services, program development and research/evaluation.
Second, the post-doctoral program Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child & Adolescent Primary Care equips health care professionals with the capacity to conduct primary care research that advances evidence-based practices and policies for creating health equity and improving life trajectory for young people. This program prepares post-doctoral scholars committed to a career in primary care research with skills for conducting determinant, intervention, and health services research focused on current and emerging health and health care issues of children and adolescents. The interdisciplinary training program brings together trainees and faculty from diverse disciplines including Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Psychology, Nutrition, Social Work, and Education.
The University of Minnesota LEND Program is an interdisciplinary leadership training program spanning 11 disciplines across the University of Minnesota and is funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services. LEND trainees are graduate and postgraduate students selected for their outstanding skills and commitment to improving the quality of life for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. The MN LEND’s Interdisciplinary Training Program curriculum incorporates both didactic, research and practicum experiences using a combination of activities located in both clinical and community training sites.
The Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship provides rigorous clinical and didactic experiences to form the basis for neuropsychology boarding and specialty certification. Although the training is predominately clinically-based, it is rooted in strong research and academic foundations. Pediatric neuropsychology is an expanding field with a rapidly growing knowledge base that is evolving to reflect advances in technology in imaging, measurement of behavior and cognition, neurophysiology, and genetics. The field of pediatric neuropsychology is particularly challenging because children are dynamic developing organisms, with both an increased vulnerability to environmental effects and an increased capacity to recover from disease conditions. While training scientist-practitioners in this field is especially difficult for these reasons, it is rewarding in terms of the long-term benefits provided to children from the scientific information and clinical interventions we offer.
The University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics and Masonic Cancer Center seeks pre- and post-doctoral applicants for this fellowship. Trainees work in a variety of research settings including classical epidemiology, statistical genetics/computational biology, laboratory bench science, and clinical investigations. Along with coursework specific to pediatric cancer, strong graduate school degree programs at the University of Minnesota in Epidemiology (PhD) and in Clinical Research (MS) offer opportunities for courses in epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, biostatistics, cancer biology, statistical genetics, immunology, clinical trials/methods, and field research. Further, students have several unparalleled opportunities for supervised translational research projects in stem cell biology, human and animal research, study design and development, statistical analysis approaches, and individual and team grant writing.