Our fellows are required to take courses in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Alabama School of Public Health.  A course in ethics is highly encouraged also.  A Masters in Public Health can be obtained during fellowship if desired.  Fellows are expected to initiate, develop, implement and complete a research project during their fellowship and to submit the completed project to a national meeting for presentation.  Fellows are also expected to submit an article to a peer reviewed journal during their training period.

Currently, evidence of research participation is required by the Sub-Board of Pediatric Emergency Medicine to be board certified.  Sufficient evidence could include:  first author of an accepted research project in a peer-reviewed journal, a research grant proposal approved through a critical review process, a post-graduate degree in a related field (PhD), or a research progress report.  A Research Oversight Committee (SOC) of three individuals is assigned to each fellow and is a critical part of there review process of Research Experience.

The goal of the first month of fellowship is to begin to target an area of research interest. During the following months, fellows will develop a project, and provide a proposal. Fellows Research Conference is held quarterly where the fellows present at least twice a year their ideas and progress and final project. Time for scholarly work and research is provided throughout the fellowship with special emphasis in the third year. Computer skills will be acquired as well.