NHLBI Research Career Development Programs in Emergency Medicine (K12)

Pittsburgh Career Development Program in Emergency Medicine Research

In July 2011 the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded six institutional research career development (K12) awards to promote multidisciplinary clinical research training programs in emergency medicine (EM) that prepares clinician-scientists for independent research careers and academic leadership roles in EM. Programs will provide comprehensive research training to evaluate innovative approaches in the diagnosis and clinical management of patients with acute, life-threatening manifestations of cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematologic diseases, and severe trauma in emergency department (ED)settings.

The goal of this program is to promote the growth of strong, competitive clinical EM investigators. Clinical research training will help ensure a solid foundation for EM research and thereby advance the public health.

Didactic Training in Clinical Research

Coursework may vary somewhat depending on the prior experience and career trajectory of the scholar, but is likely to include the following:

  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical trial design
  • Biostatistics
  • Health services research
  • Medical decision making
  • Data management and security
  • Clinical research ethics
  • Protection of human subjects
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Informed consent in EM settings
  • Grant and manuscript writing
  • Scientific presentation skills
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Leadership, mentorship and management skills

Mentored Research Experience

Candidates will have a primary mentor and one or more secondary mentors to guide their career development. Substantive participation in research is required for at least 2 years. The candidate, with help from the mentors, K12 program director, and Advisory Committee, will be responsible for designing and conducting their own research project.

Level of Candidate’s Financial Support

The K12 will provide salary plus fringe benefits for 2-3 years of research training, provided in 12-month appointments. Limited funds may also be provided for the following types of expenses:

  • research expenses, such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel;
  • tuition, fees and books related to career development;
  • travel to research meetings, training, and NHLBI-sponsored annual grantees' meetings;
  • statistical services including personnel and computer time.

Eligibility Criteria

The program goal is to recruit a wide variety of clinician scholars to build a strong emergency medicine research workforce. Physicians who have completed residencies or fellowships in clinical specialties other than emergency medicine (such as trauma surgery, pediatrics, hematology, internal medicine) with interests in emergency medicine research are also eligible to become K12 scholars. In addition to physicians in training (such as nurses and clinical pharmacists) who have demonstrated interests in EM research.

Candidates must be: citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-155 or other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary visas are not eligible.

Candidates must not be or have been a Principal Investigator on an R01 or R21 award or on a component project of a Program Project (P01), Center grant (P50, P60, or U54), mentored career development (K-series) grant, or other equivalent research grant award. Candidates may have had support on a NRSA grant (F or T) or NIH small grant (R03).

Time and Effort Commitment

The period of training is two or three years. At least 75% of the candidate's full-time professional effort must be devoted to the K12 Program and the remainder devoted to clinical and teaching pursuits consonant with the objectives of the award.


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Donald M. Yealy, MD (yealydm@upmc.edu)

Clifton Callaway, MD, PhD (callawaycw@upmc.edu)

NHLBI Website

Phone: 412-647-8295