Elective Rotation-CAP2

Elective Coordinator: T. Eric Spiegel, MD

Research mentors: Divisional, Departmental and/or Institutional Mentors

Number of residents per rotation block: up to 5

Minimum length of rotation: 6 months

Year of Rotation: 2nd year. 1st Year by exceptional arrangement.

Details of elective plan should be communicated to Dr. Spiegel at least 2 weeks before the start of the second year. Goals and Objectives for each elective are finalized by fellow, elective supervisors and training director.


The overall goal of the second year research or clinical elective is to allow a resident to work with a mentor and become involved in research or a new clinical domain in a variety of possible ways.

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To develop competence in the following areas

Patient Care

  • The resident is expected to reflect on patient care implications of the research conducted during this elective.
  • Gaining an increased appreciation for the on-going incorporation of research findings into clinical care

Medical Knowledge

  • It is expected that knowledge gained during this elective will be presented at least at departmental graduation rounds and possibly at the annual AACAP or similar meeting

Practice Based Learning

  • Literature reviewing skills
  • Identification of research question(s)
  • Learning about research methodology as applicable to project


  • If human subjects are involved, the resident will undergo institutional IRB training
    and demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles in research in particular as they apply to research with minor subjects (if applicable to nature of elective)

Systems Based Practice

Could involve:

  • Joining a research team
  • Assembling a team of advisors which may include scientists at other institutions
  • Obtaining funding for project or becoming familiar with funding processes
  • Obtaining IRB approval for project or becoming familiar with IRB approval process
  • Understanding peer review process for grants and manuscripts
  • Familiarization with research community

Interpersonal/Communication Skills

  • Basics of scientific language (e.g., how a research question is paused)
  • Familiarity with writing up of scientific results
  • Presentation of scientific project

Measurement of Objectives

  • Feedback from mentor
  • Research products if applicable

Description of Rotation

Electives will vary significantly by trainee, mentor, and research focus if applicable.  However, it is expected that the fellow will gain basic competence in research foundations (i.e., appreciating the background of a research question, the pausing of a research question, the methods used to address question) or will gain particular clinical competence not taught elsewhere systematically.