Research Experience

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care specializes in:

  • Clinical investigation
  • Quality improvement
  • Database coordination and utilization
  • Basic science research

Faculty have active research interests with over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The division is awarded more than $8 million per year in extramural research grant funding.

The division also includes the Intermountain Injury Control and Research Center (IICRC).

Fellowship Experience

Fellows become proficient with investigative techniques and skills and apply these to laboratory, clinical, or epidemiologic research projects.

Each fellow must complete a well-designed study that is published in a peer reviewed journal. A Scholarship Oversight Committee monitors each fellow's research progress, and attending physicians in the division provide mentoring and rich research ideas.

The fellowship includes formal study in statistics and research design, from both within and without the division of pediatric critical care medicine.

To cultivate the skill set necessary for an academic career, fellows complete the Fundamentals of Pediatric Research course in their first year, providing instruction in:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research ethics
  • Research writing
  • Oral presentations

The also department holds weekly research-in-progress seminars, as well as weekly instruction lectures within the critical care division.

Research Opportunities

The division has other opportunities such as working with NEMSIS on pre-hospital research datasets and related issues. The division also participates in the PALISI network for multicenter trials.

Graduate Coursework

The University of Utah also provides graduate courses in medical informatics, biostatistics, epidemiology and basic sciences. We encourage fellows to expand their skills by providing financial support to fellows to take classes at the University.

Masters of Clinical Investigation

The Masters of Clinical Investigation is a two-year post-graduate training program in clinical investigation with an emphasis on epidemiology and health services research.

The MSCI is funded by a K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Fellows are welcome to apply to the K30 program. We currently have three fellows enrolled.

Health Care Quality Training

For applicants interested in health care quality, Intermountain Health Care offers an advanced training program in Salt Lake City annually:


Michelle Schober
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Rebecca Dixon
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Program Director: Michelle E. Schober, MD
Phone: 801-585-3907
Fax: 801-581-8686

Sharon Marron
Program Coordinator
Phone: 801-587-7572
Fax: 801-581-8686