Research Fellowship

Program Description

The Research Fellowship is a two-year program that results in the fellow obtaining a master’s degree. This is most commonly done through either the Graduate School of Public Health or through the Institute for Clinical Research Education’s (ICRE) degree granting programs. The purpose of the Research Fellowship is to produce well-trained, well-rounded fellows who will acquire the skills needed to begin to pursue an independent research career and to launch an academic career.

Goals are accomplished by:

  • Immersing the fellows in an intensive and comprehensive research environment
  • Ensuring that the fellows are intimately involved 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 development and conduct of original experimentation of their design
  • 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 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

All interested applicants should inquire with James J. Menegazzi, PhD ( or Clifton W. Callaway, MD, PhD ( Or call (412) 647-7992.