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

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The PEDSnet Scholars Program is a K12 career development program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. It is designed to prepare promising junior faculty to conduct learning health system (LHS) research that will improve the efficiency, value, and quality of healthcare and outcomes for children and their families. It builds upon prior efforts of a multidisciplinary faculty with decades of experience in research mentorship and the resources of 8 nationally renowned pediatric academic medical centers that already collaborate in the PEDSnet clinical research network. 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. Train the next generation of Pediatric Learning Health Systems researchers and 
  2. Provide value to PEDSnet healthcare organizations by conducting research that is meaningful to patients, clinicians, caregivers, and/or health system leaders.