Academic Associate Program

Core Classes

5900: Clinical Research Methods and Practice I

5901: Clinical Research Methods and Practice II

5902: Clinical Research and Medicine

Elective Courses

PED 5600 : Institutional Review Board Student Volunteer

PED 5700: Survey of Research-in-Progress I

PED 5701: Survey of Research-in-Progress II

PED 5950: Clinical Research Independent Study

PED 5999: Pediatrics Leadership Experience


Application Deadlines

PED 5900 PED 5902 PED 5999
Spring November 1 November 1 November 15
Summer March 20 March 20 April 1
Fall July 1 July 1 July 20


PED 5900: Clinical Research Methods and Practice I

Students receive credit for conducting clinical research designed by University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital clinicians. Each student must attend a mandatory orientation (always the Friday before classes begin), a weekly class meeting, and 6-12 hours/week of clinical shifts enrolling patients into research studies. Students who participate in this course work in a clinical setting, gain exposure to clinical research, interact with pediatric patients and their families, and develop relationships with Department of Pediatrics faculty. At the end of the course, the student will have gained experience in many aspects of pediatric clinical research, including, but not limited to: professionalism in the clinical setting, study design, Institutional Review Board, informed consent/assent, Good Clinical Practice, ethics, basic statistics, and scientific journals.

PED 5901: Clinical Research Methods and Practice II

This is a course where students receive credit for conducting clinical research designed by University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital physicians. The course involves 6-12 hours/week of clinical shifts enrolling patients into clinical research studies. There are also bi-weekly class meetings pertaining to clinical research and medicine. Class content will be based on the given semester's studies, as well as student interests. Students who participate in this course have an opportunity to work in a clinical setting, gain exposure to clinical research, opportunities to train new students on clinical research, and develop relationships with Department of Pediatrics faculty. At the end of the course, the student will have increased clinical/administrative knowledge of approximately 12 studies.

PED 5902: Clinical Research and Medicine

This is a course where students receive credit for conducting clinical research and working as a physician extender with the University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital physicians. The course involves 3 hours/week of clinical shifts enrolling patients into clinical research studies and 6 hours/week working as a Physician Extender. There are also weekly class meetings with course instructors Dr. Maija Holsti and Dr. Howard Kadish. Class content will be based on clinical medicine, case studies, and operations management. Students who participate in this course have an opportunity to work in a clinical setting, gain exposure to clinical research/operations management, opportunities to train new students on clinical research and develop relationships with Department of Pediatrics faculty. At the end of the course, the student will have increased clinical/administrative knowledge of approximately 12 studies and begin to understand the complexity of operations management in the Emergency Department.

PED 5600: Institutional Review Board Student Volunteer

This course will work directly with the University of Utah Institutional Review Board. The students will have the opportunity to participate in the IRB monthly meetings and review assigned research projects. The students will also complete online RATS IRB courses, Human subjects training, Good Clinical Practices, and SIRB training. Through this course, students will be able to work closely with IRB procedures and gain real-world experience in reviewing research. Students may take this course up to two times for credit.

PED 5700: Survey of Research-in-Progress I

This course focuses on the study design and development of pediatric clinical and basic research studies that are currently in progress. Students will be introduced to real-world issues that faculty researchers face. Sessions will include presentations on study design and progress in a variety of specialties including: Cellular Biology, Genetics, Human Physiology, Pathology, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Biostatistics, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Students will also study and learn the importance of responsible conduct of research (RSR), and the role it plays in good clinical practice. Depending on the semester, weekly lectures will take place at either the Williams Building in Research Park, or at Primary Children's Hospital. Students can take course multiple times for credit.

PED 5701: Survey of Research-in-Progress II

Meets with PED 5700. This course will build off of principles covered in PED 5700. Students will continue their study of pediatric basic and clinical research studies that are currently in progress. Lecture sessions will include presentations on study design and progress in a variety of specialties including: Cellular Biology, Genetics, Human Physiology, OB/GYN, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Biotechnology, Neuroscience and Pediatric ER Medicine. Students will also learn about continuing medical education requirements for physicians through the viewing of pediatric grand rounds. Research admin training modules will also be used in this course. Depending on the semester, weekly lectures will take place either at the Williams Building or Primary Children's Hospital.

PED 5950: Clinical Research Independent Study

Research credit by student’s arrangement with individual faculty/instructor(s) and the Pediatric Research Education Office. Studies will vary each semester, but will usually be in one of the following pediatric specialties: emergency medicine, hematology/oncology, critical care, medical genetics, immunology & rheumatology, inpatient medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or cardiology.

PED 5999: Pediatrics Leadership Experience

This course is for student leaders who will assist with classroom & clinical instruction and management under the supervision of a course instructor. Responsibilities will depend on the leadership role, but may include holding review sessions, training students in the clinical environment, facilitating discussions in online courses, leading team meetings, public relations and recruitment, and piloting new clinical research studies in the Emergency Department at Primary Children's Hospital (PCH).

PROGRAM CONTACT

Brooke Adam
Program Coordinator
801-213-3753
brooke.adam@hsc.utah.edu

Each semester has a mandatory orientation the Friday BEFORE classes start.

Security clearance tasks must be completed BEFORE Orientation.

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