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Clinical Research

The goal of the Clinical Research Scholarly Concentration is to give practical experience to residents so they have the tools to understand and engage in clinical research. Required seminars (4/year) are designed to introduce residents to the critical concepts that underpin clinical research. Residents also conduct faculty-mentored, hypothesis-driven clinical research projects. These projects may be descriptive, observational, or interventional in design.

Program Overview and Objectives

Residents in the Clinical Research Scholarly Concentration partner with either a MD or PhD clinical researcher at Stanford to create their own clinical research project which can be executed during their 3-year residency.  Residents learn the steps of developing a clinical research project and are encouraged to take a lead role in each step of their project including idea inception, study design, IRB application, data collection, database building, analysis, and presentation. Submission of abstracts to a national forum is strongly encouraged but not required.

Residents entering the Clinical track are asked to identify a project mentor either on their own or with guidance from the SC leaders, meet with their mentor, and start designing the project as well as create a study timeline.  The SC leaders review the study design and timeline in order to anticipate any workload issues and to help ensure feasibility and appropriate resource allocation.

Participation in this Scholarly Concentration will prepare residents to:


Required for All Clinical Research Residents:

Residents in the Clinical Research track use 2-4 months of call free elective time:

Required For All Pediatrics Residents:
All Pediatrics residents participate in:


Residents are highly encouraged to participate in the following:

Resident Projects

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Contact Information:

Gary Shaw, MD Gary M. Shaw, DrPH is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He has been the co-director of the pediatric clinical research scholarly concentration since Fall 2012.  He has conducted epidemiologic research for 25 years.  His primary research interests include 1) epidemiology of birth defects, 2) gene-environment approaches to perinatal outcomes, and 3) nutrition and reproductive outcomes.  He has published >300 papers in the scientific literature.
Jennifer Frankovich, MD, MS Jennifer Frankovich MD, MS is a clinician-educator in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology. She is the co-director of the pediatric clinical research scholarly concentration since Fall 2012.  She has helped numerous residents and colleagues understand STRIDE and other clinical research tools available to the Stanford Community. Her own clinical research includes: hypothesis driven database inquires (STRIDE) and development of patient care guidelines for rare diseases.



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