A key aim of Clinical Futures is to provide post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty with training in effectiveness research methods and tools for determining best practices in pediatric clinical care. To this end, Clinical Futures applies for, obtains, and manages T32 training grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the training and mentorship of fellows in clinical effectiveness research.

Clinical research trainees enrolled in these programs pursue master’s degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in clinical epidemiology, health policy, or public health, while receiving mentoring and support from Clinical Futures faculty members. Mentoring activities include academic advice, assistance in the development and implementation of research projects, guidance on the responsible conduct of research, advice on seeking career development (K23) awards and other sources of funding, career planning, and guidance regarding the promotion process.

Clinical Futures accepts applications from residency and fellowship programs across the country and from all divisions and departments at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Fellowship Training Programs

Clinical research training programs administered by Clinical Futures are funded by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) program . Click below to learn more about each program:

  • The Pediatric Hospital Epidemiology and Outcomes Research Training program, a two year research fellowship designed to provide physicians with training in hospital epidemiology and outcomes research. This program helps to train the next generation of clinical scientists who will help us to understand how to best measure and improve outcomes, assure patient safety, and manage costs for hospitalized children.
  • The Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Program, a two year research fellowship designed to offer research training to address key clinical, health services, and policy issues in primary care pediatrics. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare trainees to improve health and health care for underserved children through primary care research and leadership. The fellowship is intended for pediatric providers focused on health equity, underserved populations, and primary care. However, it is open to pediatric subspecialists who are interested in outpatient research to address child health disparities.