CRISMA Research Fellowship

 

The CRISMA Research Fellowship is a two- to three-year research training program for motivated physicians and scientists who seek an academic career in critical care medicine. We provide our post-doctoral fellows with an intensive experience in translational, clinical, or health services research centered around the science of cardiopulmonary organ dysfunction and critical illness.

Most CRISMA research fellows enter the program from one of our clinical fellowships. We also accept highly qualified non-physicians as well as individuals who have received clinical training at another institution.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis without deadline, although we recommend submitting materials at least four months ahead of the proposed start date. Highly qualified applicants will be invited for an in-person interview. Under special circumstances, we will conduct an interview via Skype.

All CRISMA fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents holding doctoral degrees (either MD or PhD). Applicants who do not meet this requirement or who are not enrolled in one our clinical fellowships can receive training under special circumstances as a CRISMA Visiting Scholar.

For applicants currently in one of our clinical fellowships, we will work to integrate the research training period with your clinical schedule. For other applicants, the start dates are flexible.

To apply to the CRISMA Research Fellowship, please send a letter of interest and an updated CV to mclaughlinbr [at] upmc.edu (Brandon McLaughlin).

CRISMA fellows train in one of five academic areas:

  • Immunobiology and the cellular basis for organ injury
  • Systems modelling and computational biology
  • Clinical epidemiology of critical illness
  • Critical care ethics and decision making
  • Critical care organization and management

These research areas intersect with the extramural research grants of our training faculty and reflect the essential translational basis of critical care medicine, which requires an integration of cell and molecular biology, organ system interaction, and novel therapies that impact patient-centered and socially relevant outcomes.

Training activities are based on four inter-related pillars:

  • Intensive mentorship, in which fellows meet weekly with their primary mentor and monthly with a training group
  • Didactic education, in which fellows take structured coursework in biostatistics and clinical epidemiology, in most cases working toward a Master’s degree
  • Experiential research, where fellows conduct 1-2 mentored research projects through to completion, publishing their work in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international scientific conferences
  • Participation in a community of learners, in which fellows interact with our critical mass of like-minded trainees and attend the weekly CRISMA research conference

These training activities are complemented by rigorous training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research and informal monthly “career development breakfast discussions” with the program director. In addition, trainees avail themselves of all the research infrastructure in CRISMA, including advanced biostatistical and data management support. 

CRISMA fellows train under faculty internationally recognized for basic, clinical and translational research in critical illness. Training faculty are organized into five groups:

Clinical epidemiology

  • Derek Angus
  • Timothy Girard
  • David Huang
  • Christopher Seymour
  • Donald Yealy
  • Sachin Yende

Bioengineering and Organ Support

  • Clif Calloway
  • James Menegazzi
  • Raghavan Murugan
  • John Kellum

Systems Modelling

  • Gilles Clermont
  • Marilyn Hravnak
  • Allison Morris
  • Michael Pinsky

Ethics and Decision Making

  • Deepika Mohan
  • Yael Schenker
  • Douglas White

Health Policy and Management

  • Julie Donohue
  • Jeremy Kahn
  • Mark Roberts

Training is supported by a National Research Service Award (T32) from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. This T32 has been continuously funded for over 20 years and was recently renewed for another five-year period. Additional departmental support is available for applicants currently enrolled in one of our clinical fellowships. 

For information on the CRISMA Research Fellowship, please contact bmclaughlin [at] pitt.edu (Brandon McLaughlin).

 

 

Program Director


Jeremy Kahn, MD MS
Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Health Policy & Management