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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:

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.
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine. She is a developmental/health psychologist whose research has focused on social, environmental, cognitive and psychological factors involved in adolescents’ and young adults’ health-related decision-making, perceptions of risk and vulnerability, health communication, and risk behavior. She has conducted several preventive service studies and is well-versed in clinical research and interventions, as well as outcomes research. She has extensive experience writing grants and conducting research involving clinical as well as large-scale research projects, studies involving longitudinal data, online data collection methods, and mixed qualitative and quantitative data, interview and focus group data, and survey data.
Alan Schroeder, MD is the Associate Chief for Research in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and an associate clinical professor in the division of hospital medicine and the division of critical care. His research interests focus on identifying areas where we can “safely do less” in healthcare, and frequently lectures on this theme locally and nationally. Dr. Schroeder is currently involved in multiple projects involving common conditions in pediatrics such as head trauma, bronchiolitis, UTI, meningitis, and febrile infant management. He is a co-chair of the Lown RightCare Alliance Pediatric Council, co-chair of the Academic Pediatric Association’s Healthcare Value Special Interest Group, an editor of the Yearbook of Pediatrics and an assistant editor for the journal Hospital Pediatrics. Dr. Schroeder provides clinical care for children in the PICU and the pediatric ward.



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