Hasbro Children’s Hospital is home to talented clinicians and physician-scientists who deliver excellent pediatric care to the greater Rhode Island and Southern New England population. As a tertiary care center and affiliate of the Alpert Medical School, many of Hasbro’s faculty members pursue basic, translational, and clinical research, with impactful contributions to the medical community.

The Directors of Postgraduate Academic Career Development, Dr. Christine Barron and Dr. Lisa Swartz Topor, serve to:

  • Develop fellows’ research skills
  • Assist with development and execution of scholarly projects
  • Provide guidance on mentorship and academic collaborations
  • Provide evidence-based guidance on time management and productivity
  • Track scholarly output (including publications, chapters, and pilot grant writing) and provide summaries to the institution for outreach purposes

This does not replace mentorship at the Divisional or Departmental level, but would supplement the specialty-specific relationships and guidance from fellows’ primary mentors.

The Director will have individual and group meetings (typically twice a year with each group of fellows by Division) with fellows.

In addition, there are two training requirements for all fellows;

IScholarly Activity Core Knowledge Training (As of 2019, these include):

  1. Research Curriculum Course
    • Quarterly seminars offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine and open to Pediatric Fellows (content is -not- specific to emergency medicine!)
    • No cost and free lunch provided
  2. Fellows’ Workshop in Clinical Research Design
    • Offered by Women and Infants, open to Pediatric Fellows, and designed for clinical fellows (content is -not- specific to neonatology or maternal health!)
  3. Two introductory biostatistics courses from the School of Public Health (SOPH) (PHP2507-Biostatistics and Applied Data Analysis (Fall); and PHP 2508: Biostatistics and Data Analysis II (Spring))
    • Cost covered by the Department of Pediatrics. All invoices can be sent to Dustin Wesolowski (, Business Manager, Department of Pediatrics
  4. Certificate of Program from the School of Public Health (two courses above, plus two others)
    • Cost of the additional two courses -NOT- covered by the Department of Pediatrics
  5. Hassenfeld Scholars Program (with attainment of the certificate from the School of Public Health)
    • Competitive application, with Certificate Program paid for by Program
    • Summer application due
  6. Masters Degrees from the School of Public Health (MPH – Public Health; ScM – Clinical and Translation Research, Global Public Health, Biostatistics, Epidemiology)
    • No current departmental funding, but fellows can pay with scholarships or divisional funds if available

II. Quality Improvement Training:

First-year fellows will now be required to complete the following 5 modules from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for which the Department has a subscription. The total time commitment is approximately 3 hours, and does not have to be completed in a single session. The sessions need to be completed by summer of their first year. There will be some free time available during the fellows’ orientation in August to complete these, but we encourage fellows to start the modules earlier in the summer. This will fulfill the QI -training- requirement and will be a strong foundation for any fellowship-specific QI work product requirements.

  • QI 101: Introduction to Health Care Improvement
  • QI 102: How to Improve with the Model for Improvement
  • QI 103: Testing and Measuring Changes with PDSA Cycles
  • QI 104: Interpreting Data: Run Charts, Control Charts, and Other Measurement Tools
  • QI 105: Leading Quality Improvement

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