Research Fellowship

Program Description

The Research Fellowship typically follows a two-year program that includes obtaining a master’s degree. This is most often done through either the Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE) or the Graduate School of Public Health. Individuals may consider other graduate programs. The purpose of the Research Fellowship is to produce well-trained clinical investigators with the skills needed to pursue an independent research career and to successfully make the next step in an academic career.

Research Fellows may be eligible for support from our NHLBI T32 program (T32 HL134615) or other programs on campus.  

Goals are accomplished by:

  • Immersing the fellows in an intensive and comprehensive research environment
  • Ensuring that the fellows have hands-on experience in all aspects of research
  • Having the fellows serve as part of a well-established team of emergency medicine investigators
  • Providing the fellows with intensive guidance and direct (i.e. one-on-one) mentorship
  • Directing the pursuit of graduate studies that will enhance the basic skill set needed for independence
  • Assisting the fellows in the design, development and conduct of original experimentation
  • Having the fellows submit their own proposals to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Assisting the fellow in the preparation of grant proposals
  • Matching the fellows with the appropriate mentors, and submitting NIH or other proposals by the program’s end


Fellows in Emergency Medicine Research are able to receive training from multiple mentors at the University of Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is one of the major training sites within the national emergency medicine community. Research training within the department includes potential projects in: emergency medical services, acute resuscitation, medical education and simulation, animal models of resuscitation and clinical decision making. Collaboration with a large number of investigators in other departments within the University is encouraged. Also, limited clinical duties in our emergency departments are encouraged to maintain clinical skills. 

Candidate fellows are residency-trained, board-certified or board-eligible emergency physicians, or critical care medicine physicians. Non-physician PhDs or other qualified applicants will also be considered. Prior Fellows are pursuing investigative and leadership careers around the country, and include several of our current faculty members.

Application process

Interested applicants should send a CV and note of interest to James J. Menegazzi, PhD ( or Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD ( Or call (412) 647-3078.