Learning Health Systems Mentored Career Development Program (K12)

The PEDSnet ScholarsProgram is a K12 career development program funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute(PCORI). The program is designed to prepare promising faculty to conduct learning health system (LHS) science and research that will improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare and health outcomes for children and their families. This may include junior faculty or individuals seeking to expand their methodological expertise into learning health system science and research. It builds upon prior efforts of a multidisciplinary faculty with decades of experience in research mentorship and the resources of nationally renowned pediatric academic medical centers that already collaborate in the PEDSnet clinical research network(pedsnet.org). 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. 

See the following article for more information on learning health systems research and its training competencies: Forrest CB, Chesley FD Jr, Tregear ML, Mistry KB. Health Serv Res. 2017 Aug 4. Development of the Learning Health System Researcher Core Competencies. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12751.

The Program Goals are to train the next generation of Pediatric Learning Health Systems researchers and provide value to PEDSnet healthcare organizations by conducting research that is meaningful to patients, clinicians, caregivers, and/orhealth system leaders. The Program Aims 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.