PEDSnet Scholars: A Career Development Program for Faculty Interested in Learning Health Systems Research

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The PEDSnet Scholars Program is a grant awarded under the AHRQ-PCORI Institutional Mentored Career Development Program (K12). In 2018, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded $40 million in grants over years to 11 institutions to support the training of clinician and research scientists to conduct patient-centered outcomes research within learning health systems (LHS). The institutions funded under this initiative are producing the next generation of LHS researchers who have the skill sets to conduct, apply, and implement patient-centered outcomes research to improve quality of care and patient outcomes in a learning health system. 

The PEDSnet Scholars Program is the only initiative that is national in scope, and represents the largest among the 11 awardees. It is designed to prepare promising junior faculty to conduct learning health system research that will improve the efficiency, value and quality of healthcare and outcomes for children and their families. It builds upon prior efforts of multidisciplinary faculty with decades of experience in research mentorship and the resources of 9 nationally renowned pediatric academic medical centers that have collaborated together in the PEDSnet clinical research network since its founding in 2013. PEDSnet scholars will learn and use new methods that leverage modern clinical data systems and test interventions in pragmatic child/family-centered outcomes research studies, embedded in diverse delivery systems and communities. 

The PEDSnet Scholars Program is being administratively led by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and designed and overseen by a collaboration across Boston Children's Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In addition, representatives from all PEDSnet institutions serve on the Executive Committee which will make all final decisions on content and program activities.  

Program Goals

The program goals of the PEDSnet Scholars Program are to: 

  1. Community: Create a community of junior faculty who will progress to be leaders in their institutions and the nation in Learning Health System science and research for children;
  2. Research: Support scholars in the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research in the context of their local Learning Health System;
  3. Curriculum: Deliver a curriculum that builds core competencies in Learning Health System science; and,
  4. Mentorship: Provide research, health system, and life course mentorship.