PEDIATRIC CRITICAL CARE AND TRAUMA SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma surgery are important subspecialties in medicine. Critical care physicians and pediatric trauma surgeons provide intensive care to children with critical or unstable conditions. Because pediatric trauma and critical care is a high-risk and time-consuming field, the fellowship training is clinically intense and often does not allow for adequate development of physician scientists. The field needs translational researchers, those who can move clinical problems into the laboratory and incorporate scientific findings into bedside care. This type of research requires physician scientists who maintain a sound research career in addition to providing excellent clinical care
The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is administered through the University of Utah School of Medicine. Governance of the program is provided by the National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC is composed of outstanding scientists and leaders in pediatric critical care and trauma surgery. The NAC provides oversight for the program, selects applicants for funding as PCCTSDP Scholars, and provides mentorship for PCCTSDP Scholars.
Potential applicants may identify outstanding mentors from their own institutions, or by contacting the PCCTSDP Program Director for advice. The program provides an annual PCCTSDP retreat to facilitate interaction with the NAC members and site visits to assure quality of the training environment for each scholar.
University of Utah Department of Pediatrics